The Highlander has been redesigned last year and given all the impressive things that have arrived with this overhaul, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will carry on the same way. What does this mean is that the best we could see for the next year would be an addition of a couple of new standard features. Other than that, we don’t expect to see any particular change.

In practice, this means you may count on the same excellent design. It combines comfort, efficiency and practicality in an impressive way. At the same time, you may count on a good driving experience, despite that the new model is less powerful than its predecessor. On the other side, fuel economy is exceptional. In addition, you may count on exceptional predicted reliability ratings. Given the lack of bigger changes, we have no doubt that the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid release date will be scheduled for the end of 2020.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid PHEV

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Design

As we’ve already mentioned, bigger changes for the next year are not expected. Therefore, the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will continue with a familiar design, which has been introduced last year. The new model rides on the company’s new TNGA platform. It has brought significant improvement in terms of the ride quality. Also, there is a completely new styling, which comes with evolutionary changes, but makes the new model look very attractive.


The recent redesign has also brought significant changes on the inside. One of the things we like about this model is that it didn’t become too big like it is the case with many other models in the class. This is great in terms of driving experience. However, in terms of comfort and practicality, this brings a couple of limitations. For example, the third row is really tight and it works for children only. However, the cargo capacity is pretty decent on the other side. You may count on pretty decent 16 cubic feet behind the third row. The overall volume goes up to 84 cubic feet, which is a decent number for the class.

One the other side, the dashboard looks really amazing. This is one of the best-looking cabins in the class. The dashboard features a clean design, with attractive styling, loads of tech goodies and most importantly, high-quality materials and impressive final touch.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Interior

Tech Features

Along with the great overall quality, this cabin is characterized by a pretty long list of standard equipment, so we don’t expect to see too many changes for the next year. Most of the things will remain the same, so base models should come standard with tech goodies like  8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, you can get goodies like 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, and an 11-speaker JBL sound system.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Safety Features

Traditionally, all models from this manufacturer are characterized by impressive amounts of safety features. The Highlander Hybrid is no exception. The current model comes standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, cyclist and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, road sign detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights. Additionally, you can also get things like a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, parallel park assist etc. We presume most of the things will remain the same for the next year.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Powertrain

Of course, this aspect of the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will definitely remain untouched.  The recent redesign has brought a new system, based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It features a total output of 240 horsepower. That’s not a spectacular number, but driving dynamics are actually pretty good. However, the aspect where this model really shines is the fuel economy. You may count on really impressive 35 miles per gallon in a combined ride.

Is there a chance for Plug-In Hybrid Highlander

As you probably know, the Japanese manufacturer has recently presented a PHEV version of the mega-popular RAV4, which features an impressive output of 300 horsepower. The new model is about to hit the market later in the year. Logically, the next question that comes to mind would be about the same version of Highlander. Of course, the 2021 Toyota Highlander Plug-In Hybrid would feature a little bit more power, but we would count on the same benefits, such as all-electric range, even better fuel economy and more. At this point, the company is still quiet on this matter.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid price

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Release Date and Price

Considering that no bigger changes are expected for the next year, we presume that the new version will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid price, base models should go around 38.000 dollars.


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