2021 Toyota Highlander MPG

Toyota Highlander

As a midsize SUV, the Highlander has the interior space and creature comforts to help keep you and your passengers happy. You can enjoy long drives near Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach, FL, thanks to its impressive fuel economy ratings.

We’ll delve into the efficient numbers in this 2021 Toyota Highlander MPG review. Continue reading to learn more, then contact Bob Tyler Toyota to take the vehicle for a spin near Daphne, AL.

What Is the 2021 Toyota Highlander MPG?

Toyota HighlanderThe 2021 Toyota Highlander gas mileage varies based on the drivetrain. For example, if you opt for the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) version, you’re looking at an EPA-estimated 21 city and 29 highway MPG.1

If you decide to go with the available all-wheel drive (AWD) system, fuel economy changes slightly to an EPA-estimated 20 city and 27 highway MPG.1 You’re still looking at impressive numbers, along with the optimum traction needed for any slick surfaces.

There are several features that help contribute to the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, such as its ECO Mode. Flick the switch to this driving mode to maximize fuel economy. Otherwise, switch to Sport Mode for sharper acceleration or Normal Mode for a nice blend of athleticism and efficiency.

2021 Highlander Hybrid Fuel Economy

Toyota HighlanderThe 2021 Highlander is also available as a hybrid model. If you have long commutes to work or frequent the beach with your loved ones, you may want to opt for this automobile.

Here are the MPG ratings based on which drivetrain you select:

  • FWD: EPA-estimated 36 city and 35 highway MPG1
  • AWD: EPA-estimated 35 city and 35 highway MPG1

Like the regular Highlander, the hybrid offers a system for optimal traction. With the available Electronic On-Demand AWD system, a dedicated electric motor automatically supplies power to the rear wheels. This in turn helps keep you in control on wet streets or dry, twisting roadways.

Furthermore, the hybrid comes with an EV Mode. This allows for electric-only driving at low speeds—perfect for those short trips to the grocery store!

Other Performance Features

Toyota HighlanderUnder the hood of the Toyota Highlander is a 3.5L V6 engine. It churns out 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque to help with your city and highway driving.

The hybrid motor isn’t too shabby, either. The 2.5L 4-cylinder engine pairs with an electric motor to produce a combined 243 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.

As far as transmissions go, you’re looking at either a Direct Shift-8AT 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission or an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission with sequential shift mode. Either way, the gears will move smoothly to help you easily accelerate as needed.

Test Out the Toyota Highlander MPG Today

No matter which version of the 2021 Toyota Highlander you select, you can reach your destination without having to stop at the gas station part-way.

To learn more about this SUV’s fuel economy, contact Bob Tyler Toyota. We’ll go over the MPG ratings in detail and tell you about the car’s status as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle. You can then drive it near Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to see if its performance would work for your commutes.

Don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at our dealership near Daphne, Alabama, today!


1 EPA-estimated 21 city/29 hwy/24 combined MPG for 2021 Highlander; 20 city/27 hwy/23 combined MPG for 2021 Highlander AWD; 36 city/35 hwy/36 combined MPG for 2021 Highlander Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.