For the 2021 Model Year, The Highlander gets its new Trim, The XSE model, Toyota has built the Highlander for about 20 years, but this is the first time it’s offered an XSE model. In our opinion, this 2021 Highlander XSE is the most sportier in look than other Highlander model.
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE Style Design
In terms of design Differentiating it from mainstream Highlander is a new front fascia including a redesigned grille and a lower spoiler. Altogether, this gives the family-hauler a more planted and aggressive look. Unique headlight assemblies complete with black accents and striplike daytime-running lamps round out the vehicle’s front end.
Further accentuating its looks is special rocker-panel trim and machine-faced 20-inch wheels. The roof rails, mirror caps, and window moldings are all finished in black, and ’round back, the XSE model is fitted with chrome-plated dual-exhaust tips, another first for the Highlander.
Beneath all that styling, this SUV is fitted with stiffer springs and a starchier rear stabilizer bar. Working in conjunction with these components are returned, lower-friction shock absorbers. Taking advantage of these suspension changes, the electrically assisted power steering has been retuned to feel more engaging.
The Highlander XSE is available with either front-wheel drive or a Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel-drive system. This setup can send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear wheels. From there, it can shuffle it from side to side depending on conditions or driver demands to deliver better handling.
Apart from that, the Toyota Highlander XSE has a colored lighting unit and a metal spoiler which makes the car look more luxurious. On the inside, the changes are limited to the trim coated with a carbon look and leather seats with a combination of red and black.
Engine Option & Performance
For the engine, This 2021 Version Toyota Highlander XSE is equipped with a 3.5 cc V6 engine capable of generating power up to 295 hp and 263 nm of torque, which is combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing & Release Date
Toyota Highlander XSE is planned to be released to the market in the fall of 2021 in limited numbers to maintain its exclusivity. The MSRP or starting price for the 2021 Highlander XSE is around $42,000.