The all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid debuted at the 2019 New York Auto Show a year ago. The Toyota’s mid-size crossover has been given the sporty XSE treatment. Debuting at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE has been upgraded with a specially tuned suspension for a more spirited drive, unique exterior styling, and exclusive interior trim.
Toyota says the Highlander XSE is “designed for people who need SUV practicality but really miss driving sport sedans.” Positioned between the XLE and Limited grades, the 2021 Highlander XSE is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 295 horsepower paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power can be sent either to the front wheels or an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring.
In terms of tech, the Highlander XSE offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa support, as well as five USB ports and a three-month trail for SiriusXM. For audiophiles, a premium JBL sound system with 11 speakers will also be available.
The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE goes on sale this fall. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but will likely come later along with other 2021 model year information. Toyota did say it will be positioned between the XLE and Limited, so it should cost somewhere between $40,000 and $45,000.