Highlander Hybrid 2020 or 2021

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Highlander Hybrid 2020 or 2021

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Toyota is currently offering $2000 cash back for the 2020 model and $750 cash back for the 2021 model. The MSRP difference is around $500 less for the 2020 model. Which model would you buy and are the updates for 2021 worth it?

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The 2021 model has TSS 2.5, which is a significant safety upgrade. I would pay extra for that for sure...
https://www.carsdirect.com/automotive-n ... highlander

Also, IMHO, whatever they say about cash back and MSRP is just smoke and mirrors. It means almost nothing nowadays. It is impossible to see all their incentives and the real prices. What matters is what they are willing to sell it for after you use the Fighting Chance method...
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Thanks for the advice. We will go with 2021. Do you think the Platinum or Limited trims are worth it or is XLE good enough? This will be used as a family car. Thanks.
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1) when will 2021 be available?
2) can one justify paying the premium for a hybrid over a conventional V6 engine from dollar and cents standpoint.

Asking because plan on replacing Acura TDX with Highlander.
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Ykcor wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:26 am 1) when will 2021 be available?
2) can one justify paying the premium for a hybrid over a conventional V6 engine from dollar and cents standpoint.

Asking because plan on replacing Acura TDX with Highlander.
1) 2021 is out now.
2) The highlander hybrid is priced close enough to the non-hybrid that it definitely makes cents - and sense - to purchase. Cant say the same thing unfortunately about a lot of the plugin hybrids with ~20 mile electric range.
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indexfunds wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:23 pm Thanks for the advice. We will go with 2021. Do you think the Platinum or Limited trims are worth it or is XLE good enough? This will be used as a family car. Thanks.
If you like the nicer materials and bells and whistles, then yes. But some of the layout/display screen etc. is different so check it out in person to see if you LIKE the extras it comes with.
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indexfunds wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:23 pm Thanks for the advice. We will go with 2021. Do you think the Platinum or Limited trims are worth it or is XLE good enough? This will be used as a family car. Thanks.
Just make sure whatever trim you buy has Blind Spot detection...I can't believe Toyota continues to nickel-and-dime customers on a basic safety feature that should be included on ALL trim-lines.
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If you don't have to deal with snow, then skip the AWD.
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Ykcor wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:26 am 1) when will 2021 be available?
2) can one justify paying the premium for a hybrid over a conventional V6 engine from dollar and cents standpoint.

Asking because plan on replacing Acura TDX with Highlander.
The ~$1400 premium on the hybrid makes it worth it (assuming you don't drive a really small amount of mileage per year)....at least to me.

The power differential was noticeable...the hybrid had quite a bit less giddy-up than the gas engine. If that is important to you, it's a consideration.
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I bought a Highlander Hybrid a few years ago (2017 version) and we're very happy with it.

The only thing that worries me about the 2021 Hybrid is the fact that it now only comes with a 4 cil. engine (243 horsepower) versus the non-hybrid V6 engine (295 horsepower). I'd want to make sure the Hybrid has enough pickup. (My 2017 Hybrid came with a V6).

If you can live with the lower horsepower, it seems like the extra gas milage and convenience of less fill-ups is worth it.
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Flyguy wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:51 am I bought a Highlander Hybrid a few years ago (2017 version) and we're very happy with it.

The only thing that worries me about the 2021 Hybrid is the fact that it now only comes with a 4 cil. engine (243 horsepower) versus the non-hybrid V6 engine (295 horsepower). I'd want to make sure the Hybrid has enough pickup. (My 2017 Hybrid came with a V6).

If you can live with the lower horsepower, it seems like the extra gas milage and convenience of less fill-ups is worth it.
Ther is nothing to worry about. 243 horsepower is plenty. My truck is a V6 with only 171 horsepower or even less. I drove it around the country several times, and is running fine at 400k miles.
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I’m thinking of foregoing the Highlander for the 2021 Venza electric/gas hybrid. Any thoughts?
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kiwi123 wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Ykcor wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:26 am 1) when will 2021 be available?
2) can one justify paying the premium for a hybrid over a conventional V6 engine from dollar and cents standpoint.

Asking because plan on replacing Acura TDX with Highlander.
1) 2021 is out now.
2) The highlander hybrid is priced close enough to the non-hybrid that it definitely makes cents - and sense - to purchase. Cant say the same thing unfortunately about a lot of the plugin hybrids with ~20 mile electric range.
I agree the Toyota hybrids are a good choice, but should add that most daily drives are less than 20 miles, so you really have the chance to break the dependence on oil and global warming effects. Next step is to go all electric. I assume you need the 3rd row of the Highlander so the Tesla Model Y is not quite a fit.
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Jerry476 wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:05 pm I’m thinking of foregoing the Highlander for the 2021 Venza electric/gas hybrid. Any thoughts?
The highlander hybrid and venza hybrid are similar (or the same) powertrains. The Venza is quite a lot smaller and gets about 10% better mpg. The Highlander Hybrid is bigger and about 10% less fuel efficient... time to visit the dealer and test drive them both.
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kiwi123 wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:09 pm
Jerry476 wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:05 pm I’m thinking of foregoing the Highlander for the 2021 Venza electric/gas hybrid. Any thoughts?
The highlander hybrid and venza hybrid are similar (or the same) powertrains. The Venza is quite a lot smaller and gets about 10% better mpg. The Highlander Hybrid is bigger and about 10% less fuel efficient... time to visit the dealer and test drive them both.
The Highlander Hybrid is bigger and heavier (~5,800 lb) than a Vanza (~3900 lb), naturally it consumes more gas. Base on the Weight/gas ratio, I don't think the Highlander Hybrid is less in fuel efficiency.
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