New turbo engine makes less power, more torque
Highlander upgrades to latest Toyota multimedia system
Powered by a new 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2023 Toyota Highlander is here. The new engine arrives along with a big update to include Toyota’s latest multimedia system, with a starting price in Canada of $45,650 or $48,150 for the hybrid model.
That price is higher than last year, with the base LE AWD up $900. On the other hand, by 2022 standards, that’s practically unchanged. The hybrid model is up $1,400, but does add a 7.0-inch info display in the dash.
Dropping the 3.5L V6 for a 2.4L four means horsepower is down 30 to 265. But torque, especially low-end torque, is up. The peak climbs 17 percent to 309 lb-ft, which, in a crossover, is probably going to be much more appreciated by the driver. While Toyota didn’t have fuel economy figures ready for the new engine, it did say that emissions are much improved which should mean less fuel burned. Equipped with an eight-speed auto, the turbo Highlander can still tow up to 5,000 lbs.
Highlander Hybrid models keep the 2.5L four and pair of electric motors. Like last year, they deliver 243 hp and have a combined fuel economy rating of 6.7 L/100 km.
The infotainment system, which first bowed in the new Tundra pickup, includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It has better voice recognition than before and is a much faster system in operation.
One last new feature is the cypress green in the photo, a new colour for Highlander for 2023.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander comes in LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum trims with an MSRP range from $45,650 to $55,550. Highlander Hybrid offers LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum ranging from $48,150 to $58,050. XLE Bronze returns for $54,650.