The 2021 Toyota Highlander SUV comes in only 1 body type: SUV. The Highlander SUV is available in 6 different trim level options: L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. The L is the base trim level option, while the Platinum is the highest, most expensive configuration.

Which Toyota Highlander Trim Level Should I Buy?

The 2021 Toyota Highlander base trim L starts at $34,810. It’s available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for a bit more, an 8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and automatic emergency braking.

The highest trim level is the Platinum, available for a starting MSRP of $46,965. It includes all of the features from the model below, the Limited model, as well as a power panoramic moonroof, heated second-row seats, surround-view camera system, and 12.3-inch touchscreen.

We recommend actually going with the XLE trim, the third trim level, as it offers the best deal for the features it comes with. The all-wheel-drive setup should also be considered.

XLE Trim Review & Test Drive [Video]


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In this guide, we will breakdown the differences between each Toyota Highlander SUV configuration and help you determine which trim level to purchase.

What's the Difference Between 2021 Toyota Highlander Trim Levels?

Below is a table comparing some of the major features for the most popular Toyota Highlander SUV trim levels.

Toyota Highlander Invoice and Market Prices by Trim

LLEXLEXSELimitedPlatinum
Market Price$37,561$40,666$44,008$45,746$48,615$51,423

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best Toyota Highlander Trim?

We recommend actually going with the XLE trim, the third trim level, as it offers the best deal for the features it comes with. The all-wheel-drive setup should also be considered.

What are the different trim levels for a Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander SUV is available in 6 different trim level options: L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum.

What is the most basic Toyota Highlander model?

The Toyota Highlander SUV Type starts at $34,810. The L is the base trim level option, while the Platinum is the highest, most expensive configuration.

What are similar models to the Toyota Highlander Trim?

Some similar models include the Subaru Ascent, Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Hyundai Palisade.