CHICAGO — Toyota introduced the completely redesigned Highlander three-row crossover last year, but unlike many of Toyota's recent redesigned models, it lac
Other updates to the 2021 Highlander will be announced later, but the XSE is slated for launch this fall.
Same here, no problems with perforated leather. I find that it makes leather a lot more comfortable, but I will admit to worrying what would happen if liquid spilled into the holes...I've had them in at least 1 vehicle for the past 7 or 8 years and never had the problem. Maybe if you eat in the car and are a bit of a slob that might be the case.
With the new XSE being between the XLE and Limited and price point between, it will have very few extras, and less than the Limited model. I love the look of it, but I'm sure it won't have the extra's that I want from the Limited or Platinum. I read one article that said options will be few on this model.Great find on the 2021 XSE post! I just saw it and was going to post, but you beat me to it by a day, lol.
But this kinda concerns me - should I pull the trigger on a 2020 highlander model, or wait to see if they add features to a 2021 model? a few things kinda annoy me on this current model (like a manual til/telescoping steering wheel, manual foldable mirrors, lack of a trailer hitch option on upper tiers) that If they fixed for 2021, i'd gladly wait a year for.
I hope the specs on the XSE will be out soon. I was close to making a decision on ordering the Platinum soon, but I do love the looks of the XSE. I just feel the HUD, panoramic moonroof, bigger screen, and I read where the seats would be softex, not real leather, or you get the black cloth. I did see this-"The options list is short but includes a 1,200-watt 11-speaker JBL sound system" ! Will be interesting for sure to see what they will offer.My guess is that the XSE had significant enough differences that joining an already-late 2020 model year launch wasn’t feasible . The fact that we are hearing about this only about a month after the new models are showing up on the lots means that Toyota is wanting to fill this market gap even though that means a bunch of us who were well on our way to buying a 2020 in the Winter/Spring might just hold off until the Fall. It’s an interesting move to make - announcing this so early in the year. They admit that 15% of their Highlander customers are going to choose this new trim.And they even put in the press release that further changes for the 2021 model year are coming.I guess they are confident that the average buyer isn’t paying attention to these announcements but the automotive press is.Perhaps they sense the lack of interest in the new gen that we see here in this forum.
I think the XSE looks worse than the regular highlander. Although the interior looks better, that lower front grill reminds me of the outgoing highlander Gillette blades.That's how it should have come to begin with. Add to that Prime version with hopefully at least 35 miles range (Rav4 Prime has 39miles range) and we are finally talking business. Now that will be a SUV that I can definitely buy without remorse and with a feeling that there is nothing similar that comes close.
I'm still trying to wrap my head as to why Toyota didn't do this attractive XSE like exterior in the first place instead of coming up with that castrated boring dud we have right now. ?♀ Toyota you should know better that not every owner of Highlander is a asian "soccermom" who doesn't care a bit about exterior, specs or anything else, except Toyota badge and 3 rows.