The Toyota Highlander has been one of the most popular Toyota models in the Puyallup, WA area. Ideal for those looking for a third-row in an SUV, the model has provided a strong balance of performance, comfort, and reliability across its entire trim level array.
While the 2021 Toyota Highlander has loads of options, you may be questioning what trim level your family may need. At Toyota of Puyallup, we compare the base L trim to the mid-grade XSE trim level below:
2021 Toyota Highlander L
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE
|Turn Signal, Manual Folding
||Color-Keyed Heated Power Mirror Features
||Turn Signal, Blind Spot Warning Indicators|
|18-inch Painted Alloy Wheels
||20-inch Machine-face Alloy Wheels|
|Not Available||Height-Adjustable Power Liftgate||Standard|
|Not Available||Qi-Compatible Wireless Smartphone Charging||Standard|
|Day/Night Rearview Mirror||Rearview Mirror||Digital Rearview Mirror with HomeLink®|
|Fabric-trimmed Front-and Second Row||Interior Seating||SofTex®-trimmed Front- and second-row Seats with Power Lumbar Support (Driver’s Seat)|
|4.2-inch||Multi-Information Display Size||7.0-inch|
|Six-Speaker Audio||Sound System||Available JBL® 11-Speaker System|
|Independent||MacPherson Strut Front Suspension||Sport-Tuned|
When comparing the base model 2021 Toyota Highlander L to the mid-grade XSE trim, there are several differences in features. When it comes to popular offerings, the XSE trim adds a Moonroof, Qi-compatible Wireless Charging, as well as access to an enhanced JBL® 11-speaker Sound System. Another stark difference is in the Second-Row Captain’s Chairs – explaining the seven-seat limit inside the XSE trim. The trim also offers the option to upgrade to Leather-trimmed Front- and Second-Row Seating with the same heated front seat capabilities.
Despite the feature differences between the 2021 Toyota Highlander L and XSE trim levels, each model receives a streamlined engine option. Each one possesses a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which receives up to 295 horsepower. While both can be equipped with all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive models offer a strong 24 Combined MPG rating. Meanwhile, those interested can find plenty of space. As a bonus, both trim levels are graded for up to 5,000 lbs of towing capacity to pack your small boat or trailer.If you’re looking for the ideal family vehicle with plenty of space, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is a great option. You can check out both the L and XSE trim levels at Toyota of Puyallup. Stop into Puyallup, WA today to see one for yourself.