2021 Toyota Highlander: A Trim Comparison

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The 2021 Toyota Highlander is an attractive SUV that has pretty good towing capabilities, but not every trim is made the same. After reading this detailed guide, you may realize that purchasing the highest trim isn’t worth it.

Toyota Highlander Trims

The Toyota Highlander is available in several different trims including both gasoline and hybrid powertrains. If you are interested in the new Highlander, check out these exciting options!

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The L trim is the base trim for the Highlander. It comes with the standard with a FWD 3.5L V6 engine. The base engine can get up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, but it’s not the only choice. If you’re looking for a vehicle that can tow, you may be happy to hear that the Highlander LE can haul up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The Highlander L features an 8-inch, high-resolution touch-screen display, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay support, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, satellite radio and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Tri-zone climate control, proximity keyless entry and power-adjustable drivers seat are all standard as well.

Safety for the Highlander L is top-notch and includes a rearview camera, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts with steering assist, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.

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The LE is the second-level trim of 2021 Toyota Highlander. It has a starting MSRP of $37,010. It adds features such as blind sport monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power liftgate among other features.

The 2021 Highlander LE also has a hybrid option that has a 2.5-liter four-cyliner hybrid engine that gets up to 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. It has a starting MSRP of $38,410 and has most of the features in the gasoline-only trim.


The 2021 Toyota Highlander XLE is the next trim and improves the interior quite a bit. It has a starting MSRP of $39,810 and has the same engine as the other Highlander trims, meaning it also has the same towing capabilities.

The major exterior change is the power moonroof. The inside gives you synthetic leather upholstery instead of cloth, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, second-row captains chairs, wireless device charging, and a universal garage door opener. There’s also a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display.

The 2021 Highlander XLE also has a hybrid option which has a starting MSRP of $41,210. Again, it basically has the same engine and features as the gasoline model.

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The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE has a starting price of $41,405 and is a new trim offering for the 2021 model year. It boasts some sporty interior and exterior styling, as well as sport-tuned suspension, and front and rear parking sensors. Other features include navigation and ambient interior lighting.


The 2021 Toyota Highlander Limited starts at $43,765. It upgrades many of the vehicle’s interior features such as with the inclusion of genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a household power outlet and 11-speaker JBL premium audio system. The liftgate is power-operated and hands-free.

If you want the hybrid version, expect to pay around $45,165. With this model, you’ll also get parallel park assist.

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The 2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum is the top-level trim that offers everything you could need from a Highlander. The vehicle features an upgraded panoramic moonroof, a rearview mirror camera, heated second-row seats, a heads-up display, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a surround-view parking camera. There are also adaptive headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Get this trim for $46,965, or the hybrid version for $48,365 – with road sign assist.

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