The 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is said to be a real homework for the automaker to create economical gas cost car. The former rating the Toyota Highlander crossbreed SUV scored was tough. The fact was, it was only slightly better compared to common Highlander in EPA scores.
For that reason, there has been a high expectation that Toyota create significant changes to the car specification. Despite a very limited information about the coming redesign, it is predicted that it will have a more aggressive appearance that goes along with the most sophisticated hybrid technology, the automaker said.
Beneath the hood, the 2021 cars under the Highlander lines are predicted to use the same engines. The basic type works with 2.4 liter that may come in some versions. This machine generates 185 horsepower and 184 lb of torque. The 2021 Highlander Hybrid however, is powered by 3.5 liter and V6 machine. The whole generated output of this machine is 306 horsepower. The specification leads to assumption of much higher price.
The hybrid machine is conjoined to the motored air conditioner. The fuel consumption of the Highlander’s hybrid model is 30 mpg in the city, 28 mpg in the highway, and 29 mpg in combined terrains. In conclusion, the fuel consumption of the car unfortunately is no better than its certain non-hybrid competitors, one of them is Mazda CX9.
The hybrid exterior design is very much coherence to the overall state of the Highlander. Several cues about exterior design improvements of the 2021 hybrid version are wide-sized grille, added LED lights access in front and back, a more aggressive appearance at the front end, and more stylish look in general. Also, it may come with futuristic cut as shown in Toyota’s certain cars in the last few years, especially on the LED tail lights.
Inside, the car has three rows of seats. It can carry up to 8 persons for the LE and XLE, since the seats on second and third row can accommodate three persons. If you should bring boxes and other bulky things, simply by folding the seats on the third row.
The newly improved technology features in this car are perspective camera which is bird’s eye, Entune multimedia system with 8-inch screen which displays high resolution images. The screen also features driving navigation. Indeed, infomercial and entertaining features are two of the major changes inside the car.
The most possible features are Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle. With this specification, it is expected that the automaker will release official accessories in the coming year. The navigation however, is most likely still optional as it only automatically available for the leading trims.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is still questioned for the 2021 Highlander Hybrid since it is likely not all models will be installed with the system at a time. Among the system’s works are detecting traffic signs and existence of cyclist, for example. It also allows a lane tracked which is related to the car’s cruise control program which is adaptive.
Release Date And Price
It is quite tricky to give suggestion on the 2021 Toyota Highlander lines. In refer to the price of the current version which cost about $32,000, it is expected that the latest will be around the same range.
However, the V.6 engine is predicted to cost extra $2,000. Meanwhile, the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is expected to cost around $38,000 just below the LE version. There is no official information yet on when the car will be on sale.
However, referred to the production schedules of the 2020 Highlander, it is hoped that the latest generation will be released between the end 0f 2020 and early 2021.