Toyota Highlander 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel Premium 5dr CVT Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
Toyota Highlander 2021 front
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RRP £52,590What Car? Target Price£50,808
Review

The Highlander isn’t a bad car. It’s relatively frugal for something so big, offers seating for seven – albeit with limited head room – and should prove reliable. Sadly, one thing makes it very hard for us to recommend: Toyota’s pricing. It isn’t nearly good enough to wear the price tag it does, and it’s also astronomically expensive for those buying on PCP finance.

Excel Premium adds some fancier alloy wheels, a head-up display, ventilated front seats and gesture control for the tailgate. If you do like your luxuries, it’s a small jump up in price but it's one we wouldn’t bother with.

A 2.5-litre petrol and electric motor endow the Highlander with reasonable performance. Real-world fuel economy isn't bad, either – in our tests the Highlander averaged 36.4mpg.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats7
0-62 MPH8.3 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

39.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

631

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

159

g/km

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