The Toyota Highlander is a powerful SUV that’s packed with impressive features and amenities, but which trim level is right for you?

To help drivers around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, North Carolina, find out, the team at Toyota of Gastonia put together this Toyota Highlander trim levels guide.

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The Not-So-Basic Toyota Highlander L

As the base trim level, the Toyota Highlander L is packed with features that make it stand out. This SUV comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, giving you the power to tackle your busy schedule with ease.

To help keep everyone entertained during long drives, the Highlander L trim comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display that is compatible with the following:

  • Android Auto™
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Amazon Alexa

These technology features allow you to connect your smartphone to your car, so you can access all your favorite apps, music, and more while on the go.

This SUV also comes standard with active safety technologies that help to protect you and your passengers whenever you hit the road, including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Road Sign Assist

Thanks to these technology features, you can have peace of mind knowing that your SUV is always looking out for you.


Toyota Highlander Hybrid

A Well-Designed Highlander LE and Hybrid LE

In addition to the standard features from the previous trim level, the Toyota Highlander LE includes an enhanced interior and exterior design.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find deluxe amenities that make the already stylish interior even more luxurious. For example, the leather-trimmed shift knob and tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel add a touch of sophistication to the driver’s side.

This SUV’s exterior features more advanced technology that will improve every driving experience. If you’re driving during a foggy day, the standard LED fog lights will maximize your visibility and help you stay safe during difficult driving conditions.

This trim level is also available as a hybrid SUV. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE boasts the previously mentioned amenities as well as a fuel-efficient 2.5L hybrid engine.


Toyota Highlander XLE

Luxury Features Inside the Toyota Highlander XLE and Hybrid XLE

The Toyota Highlander XLE trim level features an even more luxurious interior that’s packed with amenities that will make every road trip a breeze. Some of these standout features include:

  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • SofTex®-trimmed front- and second-row seats

Additionally, the second row features fold-down captain’s chairs, which give your passengers more elbow room and ensure they’ll stay comfortable during long journeys.

To make your road trips or commutes to work even more enjoyable, you’ll be able to utilize the power tilt/slide moonroof with a sunshade and one-touch open/close with jam protection, which lets in natural light and makes the cabin feel even more spacious.

Like the previous trim level, the Highlander XLE is also available as a hybrid vehicle. The Highlander Hybrid XLE features the same impressive features but comes with a hybrid powertrain.


2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

The Bold Toyota Highlander XSE

With its bold design, the Toyota Highlander XSE truly makes a statement on the road. This SUV features many of the same interior amenities as the previous trim levels but comes with its own unique exterior that makes it stand out.

Some of this trim level’s standard exterior features include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Aggressive mesh front grille
  • Sporty front bumper and lower spoiler

With these design elements, the Highlander XSE is ready to tackle your adventures in style.


Toyota Highlander Limited

A Feature-Packed Highlander Limited and Hybrid Limited

The Toyota Highlander Limited comes standard with a wide selection of cabin amenities, including:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Seat memory function
  • Heated steering wheel

These amenities ensure the driver is comfortable during long drives in the winter months.

To make your road trips even more enjoyable, this trim level also comes standard with a more advanced infotainment system that includes Dynamic Navigation, so you’ll never have to worry about finding your way around new towns and cities in this SUV.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited features all of these impressive amenities and comes standard with a 2.5L hybrid engine.


Toyota Highlander Platinum

The High-Tech Highlander Platinum and Hybrid Platinum

As the most technology-packed trim level, the Toyota Highlander Platinum comes standard with an array of features that maximize passenger comfort and safety.

To ensure you enjoy every journey, this trim level comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen and eleven11 JBL® speakers, so you and your passengers can be surrounded by your favorite music during your long commutes and road trips.

Additionally, the 10-inch color Head-Up Display with speedometer and Road Sign Assist keeps you informed whenever you get behind the wheel. The standard Bird’s Eye View Camera with dynamic gridlines gives you an overhead view of your vehicle’s surroundings, so you can be as safe as possible on the road.

The Hybrid Platinum includes all the previously mentioned amenities and the hybrid powertrain.

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Choose Your Toyota Highlander Trim Level

We hope this Toyota Highlander trim levels guide is helpful for you. If you have any questions or want to see any of the mentioned features up close, stop by Toyota of Gastonia today.

When you get to the dealership, you can take your favorite Toyota Highlander for a test drive around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC, to see if it’s right for you. Contact us today!


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