Breaking Down the 2021 Toyota Highlander

December 28th, 2020 by

Toyota is renowned for its midsize sedans, namely the Camry and Corolla, but it has an underrated selection of SUVs and chief among them is the 2021 Toyota Highlander. Today, we’re going to explore what makes the Highlander so special and why it’s a testament to premium-quality SUVs that deliver big on features, all without the wallet-busting pricetag.

Nimbler Than You Realize

A common complaint of SUVs from first-time drivers is that they tend to lack responsiveness when you step on the gas pedal. The Highlander couldn’t be any further from that description. As soon as you step on the gas, you’ll realize that this isn’t your grandpappy’s SUV. The Highlander can achieve 0-60 in under 8 seconds, which is quite nimble for its size. Just like its smaller vehicles, the Highlander is a pleasure to drive. 


Rather than feeling as if one is steering a boat, the Highlander makes piloting an SUV fun, almost sports-car like in its handling. While this isn’t always huge on everyone’s wish list for an SUV, it’s also important to note that the Highlander has tremendous visibility for the driver. Blindspots tend to be an issue for bigger SUVs, but for the Highlander, it makes it so drivers of various sizes can feel comfortable being able to see every possible angle where other vehicles or objects may be concealed from the ordinary sight.

A Full-Size, Full-Suite SUV

The Highlander is a “big” or “oversized” SUV either.The Highlander is just the right frame for a full-size, three-row SUV. It has a handsome, sculpted frame that makes it easy to maneuver and park. Its three rows seat passengers and cargo comfortably, and the dashboard is chiseled to perfection, with a prominent heads-up-display mounted in the center. A high-visibility back-up camera is standard on all Highlander models, and thanks to the relatively slim B and C pillars, you’ll have no issues when it comes to going in reverse.

Commanding Power and Reasonable MPG

The Highlander has plenty of power under the hood for a non-luxury SUV. With its 3.5: 6cylinder V6 engine, you’ll have no issues at all navigating rough terrain or bounding steep roadways. And as we touched on earlier, the engine has no issues jumping from a stand-still to 60 miles per hour, making it quite impressive, especially since its relatively generous when it comes to gas-guzzling.


The Highlander will average 20 city and 27 highway, making its respective miles-per-gallon averages relatively impressive in comparison to most vehicles in its class. The only thing left is to drive it for yourself take one home for yourself!

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Stop settling for overpriced SUVs that don’t deliver. The 2021 Toyota Highlander is the perfect choice for a full-size, full-featured SUV. Come find yours today at University Toyota!

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