New Highlander XSE
Introducing the all-new 2021 Highlander XSE. Even more dynamic in style, the XSE brings a series of sport-inspired features like unique 20” alloy wheels, unique grille complemented by smoked headlamps and tail lamp surround, and unique front and rear bumpers. It also features a unique interior design, including sporty ambient lighting. More than just style, the XSE also boasts a sport-tuned suspension to heighten that connection between you, your Highlander, and the road.
Seating for 7 or 8
The 2021 Highlander is as flexible as you need it to be. XSE and Platinum models offer seating for 7 with 2nd row Captain’s Chairs – heated on the Platinum. All other models comfortably seat 8 courtesy of a 2nd row bench. Large rear doors provide easy access to the 3rd row. Three-zone climate control lets everyone set their own comfort zone.
A modern realm filled with luxurious touches, like standard 8-way power adjustable and heated driver’s seat, Highlander is your command centre. The intuitive central console puts controls close at hand. Available features, like Qi wireless charging, 10” head up display, and LED ambient lighting put you in charge while making you wish the journey would never end.
Versatile Cargo Area
With 60/40 split fold-flat 3rd row seats, and fold-flat 2nd row seats, the 2021 Highlander offers plenty of room for cargo, so you can carry what you need for wherever you are going. The available hands-free power liftgate makes loading up and loading out even easier.
12.3” Touchscreen Display
Choose the Platinum Grade and enjoy the convenience of a 12.3” touchscreen – one of the largest in the segment – for easy viewing and simple operation.
Connected Services By Toyota
Connected Services by Toyota offers a suite of smart technologies that help keep you safe, informed, and simplify your everyday life, allowing you to stay in touch with your vehicle, whether you are in or out of the driver’s seat.
Highlander LE features Audio Plus, including an 8” touchscreen, Safety Connect® (1-year trial), and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (All Access 3-month trial), along with Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto compatibilityTM.
Highlander XLE and XSE elevates your connected experience, adding Remote Connect (1-year trial), and Service Connect (10-year trial).
Highlander Limited and the Platinum Package elevate convenience even more adding embedded navigation, embedded traffic and weather, and Destination Assist (1-year trial).
The smarter, safer way to use your iPhone features in your vehicle. Using Siri®, you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Standard on all models.
Android Auto makes it easier for you to access your favourite Android navigation, media, and communication apps on the road with Google Assistant while minimizing distractions. Standard on all models.
Available Additional Technology
- JBL Premium Sound System
- 10” Head up display
- Rain sensing wipers
- Digital Display Rearview Mirror
Toyota Safety Sense 2.5TM (TSS 2.5)
The 2021 Highlander is the first Toyota in Canada to feature Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), the next evolution of this advanced suite of active safety technologies and capabilities.*
New for 2021 are features and enhancements that support your awareness and decision making at intersections, and when making left hand turns††. A ‘curve speed management’ function that enhances the dynamic radar cruise control when cornering. And an emergency steering assist function that allows the Highlander to stabilize the driver’s emergency steering under certain conditions to help you avoid risk of incident or accident.
- Pre-Collision System with Daytime / Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection*
- Lane Tracing Assist*
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection*
- Automatic High Beam*
- Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control*
- Left Turn Intersection Support
Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS)
Take the guesswork out of parking. Standard on Limited and Platinum models, strategically placed sensors issue an audible warning alerting you to the presence and position of objects in and around your vehicle.
Standard 8 Airbags
We’ve got you covered. The 2020 Toyota Highlander features dual stage airbags for driver and passenger as well as driver’s knee, passenger seat cushion and side curtain airbags for all three rows.
Standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
At your service. Highlander’s Blind Spot Monitor works to heighten your awareness on the road, alerting you to the presence of vehicles that have entered your blind spot on either side. While Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) helps you backup more confidently, warning you of approaching vehicles that may cross your path. Standard on Highlander LE grades and above.
Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB)
Next level safety. Working in tandem with the ICS system, RCTB not only warns you of approaching cross traffic when backing up, but will automatically apply the brakes if the sensors determine that a collision is imminent. Standard on Limited and Platinum models.
Bird’s Eye View Camera and Digital Rearview Mirror
There’s more to see in the 2021 Highlander. Available on Platinum, the Bird’s Eye View Camera gives you a live, rotating, 360° view of your surroundings when parked. While the Digital Rearview Mirror gives you a wider view of what’s behind you – even if your line-of-sight is blocked.
Powerful & Efficient Gas Engine
The available 3.5-litre 295 HP V6 serves up an ideal blend of power and efficiency. Backed by next-generation technology, like Dual Variable Valve Timing-with intelligence (Dual VVT-i), and mated to an 8-speed direct shift automatic transmission – putting power and responsiveness at your fingertips, while helping to make the most of every litre.
Up to 5000-lb Towing Capacity
Turns out you can take it with you. On Highlander Hybrid models, you can tow up to 3,500 lbs of cargo. On gas models, the available towing package allows you to take 5,000 lbs along for the ride. Features include: a heavy-duty radiator, engine oil cooler, and Trailer Sway Control (TSC) to restrict unwanted trailer movement.
Whenever you come to a full stop – like at a stop light – Highlander’s engine automatically shuts off to save fuel and reduce emissions. Lift your foot from the brake pedal, and the engine instantly restarts, to get you effortlessly on your way.
Go with confidence. Available Multi-Terrain Select lets you choose between four modes – Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow, and Normal – helping to maximize traction when the roads or the weather take a turn for the worse. * Available on Gas models only
Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD (DTV-AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect
Think of it as the ultimate multi-tasker. A Toyota-first, DTV-AWD can send up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, then distributes power to the wheel that needs it most – enhancing stability, responsiveness and control. When it isn’t needed, the system sends all driving force to the front wheels to improve fuel economy and deliver a smoother ride. * Available on Gas models only
Electronic On-Demand All Wheel Drive (AWD)
With a dedicated electric motor for the rear wheels, Hybrid models adapt based on driving conditions – from 100 percent to the front wheels, to an even 50:50 split between front and rear. It all happens seamlessly and automatically to give you better traction when the going gets tough, and performance that brings a smile when accelerating and cornering.
Additional Performance Features
- Vehicle Stability Control
- Hill Start Assist Control
- Downhill Assist Control
Consider the Highlander Hybrid
Toyota’s renowned self-charging gas and electric Hybrid powertrain is standard on all Highlander Hybrid models. It includes advanced features like regenerative braking to recapture energy so you never have to plug in, while delivering a robust 243 Net Horsepower. Recognized as the most fuel-efficient conventional standard SUV for 2020*, it also helps you do more with less. In short, it’s the no compromise family SUV.
6.7 L /100km - Fuel Efficiency Rating
243 - Horsepower
2.5 Litre, 4‑Cylinder - Hybrid Synergy Drive
Drive Mode Select
Choose from 4 drive modes to suit your mood or the moment. Normal mode is ideal for everyday driving. Eco mode makes the most efficient use of gas and battery power. Sport unlocks boost from the hybrid system for more exciting acceleration. And EV lets you drive using electric power only at low speeds for longer distances.
Highlander Hybrids never need to be plugged in. They recharge on the go, using innovations like regenerative braking to capture and transform energy into electricity and store it in the battery.
No Additional Maintenance
Highlanders’s high-performance battery is designed to last. And Toyota hybrids require no additional routine maintenance. In fact, they follow the same maintenance schedule as our conventionally-powered vehicles.