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2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD Review

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD

# Review of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD

This review takes a look at the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD, a popular larger vehicle that offers impressive reliability as a standard feature.

## Exterior

The exterior of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD remains largely unchanged, with the addition of the XSE trim level that includes a sports suspension system and extra features to make it stand out.

– New LED headlights have been added at the front for improved visibility.
– A unique facia with a lower spoiler and new-look grill, combined with a black air intake, gives the Highlander a distinctive appearance.
– The integration of the air intake into the bumper and front spoiler creates a more aggressive look.
– The blackened headlights complement the silver and neutral colors of the vehicle.
– 20-inch wheels with black accents enhance the Highlander’s athletic appearance.
– Black mirror caps, window frames, and roof rails, which come standard with the XSE trim, give the vehicle a cohesive look.
– Dual exhaust tips at the back add to the sporty aesthetic.
– LED tail lights are also included in the XSE trim.

## Interior

The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD we tested comes with black leather seats and some minor improvements in the interior.

– Black or red leather options are available at no extra cost.
– Carbon fiber trim around the touchscreen infotainment system adds a stylish touch.
– The easy-to-use side buttons on the touchscreen make it more user-friendly.
– Additional storage options in the trays at the bottom of the dashboard provide ample space.
– The vehicle offers spacious seating with plenty of legroom and comfortable seven-seater options.
– The cabin feels airy and offers great views from all seats.
– Ample headroom is available, though the third-row seat may feel a bit cramped.
– Modern conveniences include five USB ports and a wireless charger, with charging options conveniently located throughout the vehicle.
– The second and third-row seats can be folded to create more storage space.

## Engine/Powertrain

The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 295HP and 263 pound-feet of torque, delivering a combined fuel economy of 24mpg. It features an 8-speed automatic gearbox with front-wheel drive.

## Special Options/Package

The standard features of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD are impressive, and optional mixed media seat trim is available for customization.

## Safety

Safety is a priority in the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD, with various standard safety features included for a secure driving experience.

– Vehicle stability control
– Eight airbags, including side curtain airbags for all rows
– Electronic brake force distribution
– Traction control
– Brake assist and anti-lock braking system
– Smart stop technology

## Conclusion

The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD combines style and functionality, offering great value for its MSRP. With a new look and standard safety features, this SUV is a solid choice in its class, starting at an MSRP of $39,834.

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