2021 Toyota Highlander Review

Toyota Highlander LE AWD
When you’re on the search for a highly capable SUV that can comfortably fit the entire family, there’s a good chance you’re considering a Toyota Highlander. After all, they come packed with impressive performance, technology, and safety features, and are sure to turn heads as you cruise around San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and Chula Vista, California.

Here at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego, we’re dedicated to helping you every step of the way through your car buying journey, and we know that starts right here with the research process. In order to make that as simple as possible, we created this handy breakdown of the Highlander. Schedule a test drive today.

Performance Features & Engine Specs

To get started we’ll head right under the hood of the Toyota Highlander and check out what powers it. You’ll have two different engine options to choose from: a gasoline and a Hybrid version.

Toyota Highlander AWD Side ViewThe standard 3.5-liter V6 engine puts out 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque capability. This is paired with the Direct Shift-8AT 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission, which delivers an exceptionally smooth and easy-to-handle ride.

The available 2.5-liter Hybrid engine will get you 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque capability, and is paired with the Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission with sequential shift mode.

A front-wheel drivetrain comes standard, but for advanced traction and stability control be sure to ask about the available all-wheel drive system.

Innovative Safety Features

With all that power, you’re also going to need a plethora of safety features designed to help keep you and your fellow riders safe. Luckily, the Toyota Highlander comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ system, which includes six of them:

  • Toyota Highlander XSEPre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

These all work together to help you mitigate or avoid collisions, travel on the highway with ease, stay securely in the center of your lane, and deliver improved visibility when traveling at night.

Interior Cabin Space & Comfort

Now, we’ll take a look at just how much room you’ll get inside that Highlander. You’ll have seating for up to eight riders within the 141.3 cu. ft. of passenger space, and everyone will have plenty of room to spread out and relax.

Cargo Volume

(behind 3rd row)

16 cu. ft.

Cargo Volume

(behind 2nd row)

48.4 cu. ft.

Cargo Volume

(behind 1st row)

84.3 cu. ft.

As you can see, you’ll have space to transport groceries, luggage, sporting equipment, or even small furniture with ease.

Test Drive The 2021 Toyota Highlander

The best way to decide if this powerful SUV is the right choice for your commutes around the San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and Chula Vista, CA, area, is by coming down to our showroom and hopping behind the wheel for yourself.

Here at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego, we’re dedicated to providing you with a fun and informative car buying experience. For more information or to schedule your next test drive, give us call or stop by today!