2021 Highlander


A new year means new beginnings.  This year, Toyota raised the bar even higher with the completely revamped 2021 Highlander! Come check out the all-new 2021 Highlander at Shepard Toyota that received a total makeover from previous models – but maintains the solid reputation and impressive look you receive when you purchase a Toyota.  As one of the top-selling midsize SUVs on the market, the 2021 Toyota Highlander will exceed every driver’s expectations. From improved cargo space for your getaways, new safety, and entertainment features, refined styling inside and out, and an improved engine – the 2021 Toyota Highlander takes performance to the next level. 

Ready to check out the latest 2021 Highlander at Shepard Toyota in Thomaston, ME, and see what trim might work best for you? Please stop into our dealership on New County Road or schedule your test drive today!

Chiseled Design

Contoured lines and perfected edges make the 2021 Toyota Highlander a definite head turner! While it’s similar to previous models, we like to say it’s a perfect version of itself. The redesigned, angular exterior gives the all-new Highlander the appearance of being much larger, but in fact, it’s only 2.4 inches longer overall than previous versions. The 2021 Highlander is available in five different trim options, including L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum.  Each trim level has unique features from chrome trim and details to projector headlamps. The 2021 Highlander boasts the first-ever 20-inch alloy wheel design that is available on Limited and Platinum trims and promises high performance and with a luxury feel.

Powerful Performance

The new 2021 Toyota Highlander is powerful!  What do you get when you pair the standard 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque with an eight-speed transmission? Up to 5,000-lbs. in towing capacity! Imagine where your adventures could take you next.  You can also opt for a new hybrid four-cylinder powertrain that has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a combined 243 horsepower. If you’re looking for better fuel economy, this engine option is for you! The Hybrid models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and either front- or all-wheel drive.

The 2021 Highlander’s redesigned features give the vehicle more stable handling and a stronger frame that create a quieter cabin for every ride. Additionally, the 2021 model is available in different drive modes depending upon your preference.  From sporty to gas-conscious, to multi-terrain, to a regular, steady drive – you can select what style best fits your driving needs!

Comfortable Interior

The 2021 Toyota Highlander offers the most spacious accommodations in the vehicle’s history. It allows up to 8 passengers to fit comfortably with plenty of space –especially when the third-row seats get folded down! The new version is slightly larger than the previous model, which means the middle row seats have 1.2 more inches of travel space, allowing for greater flexibility and comfort for both second- and third-row passengers.

Toyota engineers created smart storage spaces in this year’s model. Smart spaces include cup holders, door pockets, center armrest nooks, and bottom of dash storage. You can choose to get your new Highlander equipped with heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats, to keep you and your passengers cool or warm.  The convenient, user-friendly features make a trip more relaxed, including the available 12.3 touch-screen display, split-level in-dash storage trays with ambient lighting, panoramic moon roof, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa Compatibility, Waze, SiriusXM, and QI-compatible wireless smartphone charging. Take a test drive and check out all these amenities for yourself today!

Safety Features

Toyota wants you to drive with confidence on every ride. That’s why this vehicle is packed with safety features to keep you and your family safe! This safety suite is intended to help reduce the risk of accidents.  Some highlights of the features include:

Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS)

Toyota created this bundle of safety features to keep you and your passengers safe. When you purchase a new Toyota here at Shepard Toyota, you will get the TSS features at no additional cost.

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

Reduce the chance of a vehicle or pedestrian collision.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Control your distance from the car in front and behind you.

Lane Departure Alert

Be alerted when you veer from your lane.

Automatic High Beams

The windshield camera will detect headlights and taillights of vehicles and will automatically shift between high and low beams.

Road Sign Assist

This new feature detects speed limit signs, stop signs, and other vital signs and displays them on the MID.

Lane Tracing Assist

This new feature uses the lines of the road and preceding vehicles to keep your vehicle in its lane.

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

When you’re driving, the available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) will let you know if another vehicle is within your Highlander’s blind spot. When in reverse, the available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) will let you know if a vehicle is approaching from either side. If the system senses a potential issue, an alert will sound, and side mirror indicators will engage.

Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking

Take comfort knowing that the new Highlander is available with Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking that will tell you if there are moving or standing pedestrians behind your vehicle using its rear camera. If someone is visualized, the system will alert you, and the brakes will engage to prevent an accident.


Every new Toyota, including the 2021 Toyota Highlander, comes standard with ToyotaCare®. This complimentary package includes a maintenance plan that covers standard factory scheduled maintenance for two years/25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years, no matter what the mileage.  Just another excellent benefit of buying a Toyota!

Don’t wait!  Reserve your test drive today.  Come in and check out everything the robust 2021 Toyota Highlander has to offer.  Visit us at 181 New County Road or call us at 207-594-8424 to learn more about how you can get into a new 2021 Toyota Highlander today!