Reviews of the Toyota Highlander


Overview of Vehicle 

The most intriguing thing about these modern-day SUVs, such as the 2021 Toyota Highlander, is that it is similar to the family station wagon. However, the new Highlander has taken its place and is working diligently to live up to the SUV name. Buyers can decide between a Highlander with a V-6 engine, or they can opt to go with the hybrid. It comes with 15-inch wheels, a bold design exterior, black strokes, and a sportier calibration than usual. Toyota Highlander Platinum is sold for more than $50,000, but they offer 20-inch wheels, spectacular audio, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, cowhide upholstery, and a lot more.

Both versions are available with all-wheel drive. It comes equipped with three rows of seats, with those in the back are sized for young adults or children. The Highlander is packed with various features to assist the driver; this provides an extra protection layer. The cabin is also packed with different infotainment specialties and cubbies for storage. All Highlanders comes with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane control, and blind-spot monetization. 

The Highlander has excellent acceleration, and its apathetic demeanor places it in contention with other SUVs such as Kia and the Hyundai Palisade. The Toyota Highlander was given a five-star rating for safety and was named the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

The Highlander comes with six different trims: 

  • L
  • LE
  • XLE
  • XSE
  • Limited
  • Platinum

Features and Specs

The Toyota Highlander has:

  • Gas type engine
  • 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • V6 cylinders
  • 23 combined MPG
  • Seating for 7 persons
  • 3-year warranty

MPG and Fuel

  • 20/27 EPA mileage
  • 23 Combined MPG
  • 17.9 gallon Fuel tank volume
  • Regular unleaded – fuel type
  • 358.0/483.3 mi. range in miles


  • 3.5 Liter Base engine size 
  • 24 valves
  • Dual injection fuel
  • 37.4 ft turning circle
  • 295 hp @ 6600 rpm
  • Double overhead camera

Buyers get two years of free scheduled maintenance; this is a great perk because other competitors are not giving this offer. The electric Toyota Highlander comes with a separate hybrid-component guarantee that provides 8 years or 100,000 miles of coverage.

  • A limited warranty gives three years of coverage or 36,000 miles.
  • A Powertrain Warranty gives coverage for five years or 60,000 miles.
  • A Hybrid-component warranty covers up to eight years or 100,000 miles.
  • Complimentary maintenance gives coverage for up to two years or 25,000 miles.

Hybrid Powertrain

A Highlander hybrid can give you up to approximately 280 horsepower with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; this model comes with choosing between the front and all-wheel drive. The Power train enables you to get a vehicle that is more fuel-efficient than the standard Highlander model. The hybrid accelerates to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. 

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Toyota Highlander comes out on top. Compared to its competitors, the Toyota Highlander comes out on top again with a starting price of $39,585. 

Entertainment Specs 

In-car entertainment

Most Highlanders sport an 8.0 infotainment system. It also has an 11-speaker JBL audio system is available. Toyota also equipped the Highlander with SiriusXM satellite radio. The vehicle has Amazon Alexa integrated into all its models. It has 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. Below are some other entertainment specs. 

  • AM/FM stereo
  • 6 speakers
  • USB connections 
  • USB With External Media Control
  • Satellite Radio Satellite Radio
  • 3 Months Of Given Satellite Radio Service

Mechanical Specs

The Highlander comes with 295 horsepower and a 3.5 liters V-6 engine. 

  • Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Front And Back Stabilizer Bar
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • All-Season Tire
  • P235/65R18 Tire
  • 18 In. wheel size
  • Underbody mounted spare tire
  • Alloy Wheels

Top Reasons to Buy the Vehicle

We recommend that you get a Highlander because it has front seats that are heated, a powered sunroof, wireless charging pad, among other necessities that are perfect if you’re searching for an SUV. We found that the Highlander tackles short onramps without straining. It also goes from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.7 seconds.

While the Highlander’s handling is not exciting, it gives a stable drive; this makes it suitable as a family vehicle. It is estimated that the Highlander will deliver up to 29 mpg on a highway when using only front-wheel drive, but that will reduce by two when using the all-wheel drive. 

The Highlander is more spacious than its contenders except for the Chevrolet Traverse. Toyota also improved the interior portion of the vehicle. The area in the back can pack four carry-on suitcases. 

It is fuel-efficient because it sports a V-6 engine. It’s also easier to see from inside the vehicle, and the seats are comfortable. The drivability is the main reason you should buy a Highlander. 

If you are looking for an SUV that is spacious and can seat more persons, you should really look at a Toyota Highlander at ALM Mall of Georgia, the best used car dealership in Buford, Georgia.