Review: 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum
Giving you all the details on Toyota's top trim Hybrid SUV.
I had the keys to the new 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum for the last week and that means it is time to tell you all about it. Like normal, what you get and what I thought, here we go.
What you get
The 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum comes powered by a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine supplemented by some hybrid bits giving you 243 horsepower. The hybrid powerplant Toyota gives you is controllable via the electronic continually variable transmission and makes its way down to the all-wheel-drive system.
The interior of the Platinum shows off the bells and whistles of the trim. You get a 12.3 inch navigation touchscreen display, a 10 inch heads up display, birds eye view camera, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay capability, an 11 speaker JBL audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, and the always cool digital rearview mirror. For a full look at the interior of the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum check out my detailed walkthrough below:
What I thought
Before I drove the Toyota Land Cruiser, I had mentioned that the Highlander has the best interior in Toyota's fleet that is bigger than cars. Those same positive words follow it to the Hybrid model if not more so.
When you get in a performance car or track vehicle you want that experience to his you, well you do get the you are in a hybrid vehicle experience. Like in many hybrid vehicles, the tach is gone and you get the hybrid gauge as some hybrid gauges and screens in the center infotainment cluster. And of course, don't forget the EV mode of the vehicle.
Speaking of EV, one of the best things about the Highlander is its 35 miles per gallon you get with the thing. Beyond the hybrid bits, the Highlander is quite capable in what its purpose is. Toyota has some pretty off road capable SUVs and while this has a "Trail" button, its purpose is to be the best on-road SUV and be the greenest one doing it. I think it is making positive moves in that department.
I just told you all the good bits and I am a fan of everything Toyota does with SUV's and trucks overall, but the Highlander isn't for me. It is too tame. There wasn't much I could tell you wrong with it, I am more of a 4Runner type of guy.