2021 Toyota Highlander XSE Is the New Sporty Three-Row SUV

The famous Japanese carmaker has introduced the new model 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE at the Chicago Auto Show. The popular family three-row SUV is getting a special package that will bring a more attractive look than the base model. Thanks to that, one can expect a lot of sportiness and more power under the hood.

Besides that, the cabin is updated and offers plenty of high-quality materials and techs. According to the carmaker, this trim model will use the Highlander’s optional V6 engine that delivers 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE side

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE Design

The design changes outside of the enhanced variant 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE are visible and this model offers unique and sporty styling. There are plenty of changes if we compare it from the base model.

The new front fascia comes with a redesigned grille, lower spoiler, and unique headlight with black accents. However, this is just beginning because further upgrades include high stylish machine-faced 20-inch wheels, roof rails, mirror caps and window moldings that are all finished in black. On the back, refreshments are evident thanks to the chrome-plated dual-exhaust tips and unique taillights.

Beneath all that styling, this SUV is also available with the new and stiffer springs and a starchier rear stabilizer bar.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE interior

Sporty Vibes Inside

The newest 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE is the three-row crossover SUV that gains a handful of styling enhancements and techs inside. Like the base model, the same layout is present and the upcoming model provides a great arranged cabin that can deploy seven passengers. The buyers can also add an eight-seat configuration optionally.

Generally, this trim level will offer more standard equipment than the entry-level version. The cabin is luxurious and as a part of standard features, this model comes with an 8-inch display, three-zone climate control, keyless entry, SofTex seats, ambient lighting, and more driver-assistance features. The interior will also get numerous modifications and if you want something different, red-and-black leather is on the offer as well as the red contrast stitching on the dashboard.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE rear

Powertrain Specs

Besides great design outside and inside, some changes will also happen under the hood. The XSE version will use a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is optional on the base trim level. In addition, the Japanese manufacturer will also use a new suspension, stiffer springs, and new dampers.

Three-row SUV comes standard with the FWD system, while the AWD setup will be optional. It also hosts an 8-speed automatic transmission as the only option.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE AWD

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE Price and Release Date

There is no yet info about the pricing of new family member 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. The official didn’t say anything about how much will cost the new model. From some information, the Highlander XSE will cost somewhere between XLE and Limited models. So, we can expect it to be around $42,000.

The Japanese automaker makes this SUV very competitive and we like its sporty look. As for the release date, the new three-row SUV will go on sale in the summer as the 2021 model.

Source: cnet.com

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