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How Long is a 2021 Toyota Highlander?

The 2021 Toyota Highlander has rolled into dealerships, dressed to impress and full of exciting drive-enhancing features. If you're on the hunt for your next adventure-ready Toyota SUV, you can't go wrong with the new Highlander in Panama City. Here's an overview of the new 2021 Highlander, including its exterior dimensions.

Exterior Dimensions and Features

Close on front headlights of black Toyota Highlander
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The 2021 Toyota Highlander is in the midsize SUV class. This makes it smaller than most full-size SUVs and larger than most crossover SUVs. Its dimensions are:

  • Length: 194.9 inches
  • Width: 76 inches
  • Height: 68.1 inches unloaded without the antenna
  • Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
  • Front track: 65.3 inches
  • Rear track: 65.4 inches

The 2021 Highlander has eight available paint color options to choose from. Each new Highlander comes equipped with LED headlights and heated side mirrors. As you move up through the trim levels, you'll get fog lights, a power liftgate, roof rails, a sunroof, and more. The top-of-the-line Platinum gives you automatic windshield wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free liftgate, and adaptive headlights that turn with your steering wheel.

The redesign the Highlander received for the 2020 model continues in 2021, bringing a handsomely modern style to drivers. Its sporty, angled front fascia features a black mesh grille and sharp-angled headlights. The XSE gets its own unique front fascia and twin-tip chrome-plated exhaust that makes the Highlander look even tougher. The muscled rear fender flares, wraparound windows with blacked-out roof pillars, and confident tailgate all lend themselves to creating an SUV that looks like it can take on anything your busy life throws at it.

Trim Levels and Engines

The gasoline-exclusive 2021 Toyota Highlander is available in six trim levels: the L, LE, XLE, the all-new XSE, Limited, and Platinum. The hybrid model is available in the LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trim levels.

Each gasoline-exclusive 2021 Highlander is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This engine is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with this engine, the new Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The 2021 Highlander Hybrid is outfitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motors that work together to create a combined 243 horsepower. This system is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission.


The 2021 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a front-wheel-drive system, but each trim level can be upgraded with an all-wheel-drive system that enhances your SUV's grip on slippery roads. This upgraded drivetrain gives your Highlander access to the Multi-Terrain Select system, which contains terrain-specific drive modes to more confidently take on the road ahead. If you're looking for the most exciting performance from your 2021 Highlander, check out what the all-new XSE trim level has to offer. This performance-minded trim comes equipped with a sport-tuned suspension system that smooths out your ride as you take on sharp corners.

The gas-exclusive 2021 Highlander can achieve up to 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The new Highlander Hybrid can get up to 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The hybrid models offer ECO mode to help you improve your SUV's fuel economy and EV mode to switch to pure electric energy for shorter trips. The hybrid models can also be outfitted with the all-wheel-drive system for the best of both fuel economy and traction.

Interior Features and Technology

The 2021 Highlander's three rows seat up to seven or eight passengers depending on whether you choose the second-row captain's chairs. In the rear cargo area, you'll find 16 cubic feet of space to pack what you need. If you have fewer passengers and more gear, you can lay the rear two rows flat to increase the Highlander's cargo room to 84.3 cubic feet.

As you move up through the 2021 Highlander's trim levels, its cabin grows more luxurious. Choose the sporty XSE to get two-tone red and black leather-trimmed upholstery that looks and feels modern. Opt for a model with the heated and ventilated front seats to stay relaxed throughout the year's weather. The Limited also gives you a heated steering wheel, and the Platinum adds heated second-row captain's chairs. The Highlander's spread of trim levels makes it easy to find an SUV with a balance between budget and the features you're most excited about.

Every 2021 Highlander offers a touch screen that's compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. This screen is 8 inches on every trim level but the Platinum, which is equipped with a 12.3-inch screen. This screen and its phone-friendly programs allow you to connect your mobile device to your Toyota to give you hands-free access to many of your favorite features, such as music-streaming services, text messaging, and directions. The new Highlander also offers an available Wi-Fi hot spot, 11-speaker JBL sound system, a head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, and a premium navigation system.


Each 2021 Toyota Highlander comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of advanced safety technologies. This includes driver-assist systems such as the pre-collision feature with low-light pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and more. Available features include the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking assist with automatic braking. These smart technologies work with more passive safety features such as an advanced eight-air-bag system and an energy-dissipating interior trim to provide you and your passengers with a safer home away from home.


Each 2021 Toyota Highlander comes standard with the following warranties:

  • Basic warranty: 36 months/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 60 months/60,000 miles
  • Corrosion perforation: 60 months/unlimited miles
  • Restraint systems: 60 months/60,000 miles

The hybrid 2021 Highlanders also include:

  • Hybrid system: 96 months/100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery: 120 months/150,000 miles

Test Drive the 2021 Toyota Highlander in Panama City

When you're ready to experience the road from behind the steering wheel of a 2021 Toyota Highlander, contact our team at Panama City Toyota. After a test drive of this top-notch SUV, you'll see why it has garnered such a loyal following of drivers and families.