The 2023 Toyota Highlander has been revealed with updated interior features and a new turbo inline-four engine, offering higher torque as compared to the ongoing model equipped with a V6 engine. The Toyota Highlander has been the No.1 retail midsize SUV for straight six years. For the 2023 model year, Toyota is offering larger multimedia screens and enhanced features to take that legacy further.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-four turbocharged inline-four engine producing 265 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. As compared to the 2022 model, the 2023 Highlander offers 17 percent better torque figures and a drop of 30 hp. However, Toyota claims that the fuel efficiencies of the new and old powertrains are the same at 24 mpg in combined driving conditions (manufacturer-estimated).
The new engine will be standard across all the trims and is more environmentally friendly with reduction of about 50% in NOx and NMOG. Even the CO2 emissions have gone down as compared to the larger V6 engine. The 2023 Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds and include Trailer Sway Control along with Vehicle Stability Control, helping with unwanted trailer movement.
The interior updates are also one of the USPs of the 2023 Highlander lineup. With demand for larger multimedia screens on the rise, Toyota has offered two 12.3-inch Multi Information Display screens as standard on the Limited and Platinum trims. Even the 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio System is offered as standard on these trims. The new 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster comes with four different visual modes: Casual, Smart, Tough and Sporty Mode.
The XLE and XSE grades will come with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard, while a 12.3-inch touchscreen will be offered as optional. The larger 12.3-inch touchscreen runs on Toyota Audio Multimedia System and offers better convenience features like “Hey Toyota” virtual assistant and OTA updates. The support for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also standard, while 4G WiFi hotspot is available.
The 2023 Highlander Hybrid will continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter engine and dual electric motors, offering a manufacturer-estimated rating of 36 mpg in combined driving conditions. The stylish Hybrid Bronze Edition will continue to be offered for the 2023 model year. The Bronze Edition features bronze-colored accents and 18-inch bronze wheels. The power folding mirrors are now standard on the Limited and Platinum models, while hands-free liftgate is available on additional grades. The 2023 Toyota Highlander will go on sale later in 2022.