An all-new Toyota Prius is expected to launch for the 2023 model year.
Avalon sedan gone, all-new Crown full-size liftback sedan introduced.
Fully electric bZ4X goes on sale, all-new Sequoia full-size SUV appears.
Toyota is now dipping its two feet in the fully electric waters, but it has been a leader in hybrid powertrains for the past 20 years or so. It also offers an exhaustive lineup of cars, crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks.
The company recently revealed the first of about 15 dedicated EVs that will soon hit the North American market, in addition to new models with fuel-efficient combustion engines and hybrid systems. Here’s what to expect from the Toyota brand in 2023, with models listed in alphabetical order.
Unlike the brand’s other utility vehicles, the Toyota 4Runner has no environmentally friendly pretentions whatsoever, but appeals to adventure freaks with excellent off-road capabilities. The 2023 model adds a limited-run 40th Anniversary Edition boasting bronze 17-inch wheels, colourful body striping, Bronze seat stitching and appropriate badging inside and out. Blind-spot monitoring is now standard across the board in the U.S., while a heated steering wheel is standard in all grades in Canada. The 4Runner TRD Pro is available with the brand’s Solar Octane paint, and in Canada, the Trail trim level has been dropped. The 4Runner is equipped with a 270-horsepower 4.0L V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission.
On sale in North America from the 1995 to 2022 model years, spanning five generations, the Toyota Avalon has been discontinued as passenger-car sales are in a downward spiral. The latest-generation Avalon was introduced for the 2019 model year.
The first EV introduced under the Toyota bZ umbrella—which means “Beyond Zero”—is the 2023 Toyota bZ4X, a compact-sized five-passenger crossover. For now, its availability is very limited in select U.S. states, which gets XLE and Limited trim levels, both offered with either a front-wheel or an all-wheel drivetrain. The Canadian-market bZ4X will get L and LE grades with FWD as well as XLE and XLE with Technology Package with AWD.
The front-drive bZ4X gets a single, 201-horsepower motor, while the AWD variants add a small motor on the rear wheels for a combined output of 215 horsepower. Estimated driving range varies from 222 to 252 miles in the U.S., and from 367 to 406 kilometres in Canada.
The midsize Toyota Camry sedan can be equipped with one of three powertrains: a 203-horsepower 2.5L four, a 301-horsepower 3.5L V6, and a 208-horsepower hybrid system. While a Nightshade Edition package was added last year, a Nightshade Special Edition is available on SE trims for 2023, which can be painted in one of three colours including the new Reservoir Blue. It also boasts Bronze 19-inch wheels, a black front grille, a black rear spoiler, black mirror caps as well as black headlight clusters and taillamps. The rest of the lineup is virtually unchanged.
The Toyota C-HR urban crossover soldiered on unchanged for the 2022 model year, and although 2023 model changes haven’t yet been announced, we’re not expecting any. The C-HR is equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.0L engine that develops 144 horsepower, matched to a continuously variable automatic transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain.
The Toyota Corolla sedan and hatchback get a mid-cycle refresh with revised styling, LED lighting, alloy wheels and paint colours, along with a new infotainment system. There are now more hybrid trim levels to choose from, along with available AWD, thanks to a small rear-mounted electric motor. All Corolla Hybrid variants get a revised powertrain, and although output has yet to be announced, the automaker claims it’s higher than before. The base Corolla trims ditch the 139-horsepower 1.8L engine and the manual transmission, meaning all non-hybrid variants feature the 169-horsepower, 2.0L four as standard, matched to a continuously variable automatic. All Corollas also benefit from a new infotainment system and the TSS 3.0 safety feature suite.
The big news is the arrival of the Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch, including a limited-run GR Corolla Morizo Edition. It’s equipped with a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine that develops 300 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, AWD and a six-speed manual, while the Morizo Edition gets 295 pound-feet and a close-ratio gearbox, while its curb weight has been trimmed by deleting the rear seats, the rear speakers and the rear window wiper.
Toyota Corolla Cross
After a successful launch last year, the Toyota Corolla Cross is back for 2023 with a new hybrid powertrain, available in LE, XLE, S, SE and XSE trim levels in the United States, while Canada gets SE and XSE. The full specs of its hybrid system haven’t yet been disclosed, but AWD is standard, its combined output is pegged at 194 horsepower, and its fuel economy average is set at 37 mpg or 6.4 L/100 km. The hybrid variants get a different front fascia and a rear bumper with glossy black trim.
Meanwhile, the non-hybrid Corolla Cross is equipped with a 2.0L inline-four that develops 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and the choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains. For 2023, all variants receive a new infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite.
Unveiled in July 2022, the 2023 Toyota Crown is a five-door liftback sedan positioned above the Camry. Touted as a full-size sedan, the Crown boasts an elevated ride height, standard AWD and rides on 19- to 21-inch wheels and tires. XLE and Limited trim levels are equipped with Toyota’s 2.5L hybrid powertrain that delivers 219 horsepower and a combined city/highway 38 mpg or 6.2 L/100 km, while the Platinum grade gets a new HYBRID MAX system consisting of a turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 340 horsepower, and a combined rating of 28 mpg or 8.4 L/100 km. The Crown goes on sale in the later part of 2022.
Redesigned for the 2022 model year, the Toyota GR86 packs a naturally aspirated 2.4L engine that cranks out 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, managed by either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. No significant changes are in store for 2023, with the exception of a new 10th Anniversary Special Edition trim. Based on the Premium grade, this new edition features a Solar Shift orange paint, a Gazoo Racing cat-back performance exhaust, black chrome exhaust tips, matte black 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, a matte black duckbill spoiler as well as an ultrasuede/leather interior with Solar Shift contrast stitching and appropriate 10th Anniversary badging.
Toyota GR Supra
Good news for sports car fans as the Toyota GR Supra gains a manual transmission for the 2023 model year, which can be matched to the twin-turbo, 3.0L inline-six engine that develops 382 horsepower. Meanwhile, the eight-speed automatic continues to be offered on the six-cylinder engine as well as the turbocharged 2.0L four that generates 255 horsepower. In both the U.S. and Canada, there’s an A91-MT Edition, limited to 500 and 50 units in the two respective countries, featuring a Cognac leather interior, 19-inch Frozen Gunmetal alloy wheels, a strut tower brace as well as an Alcantara-wrapped shift knob.
Big news for the Toyota Highlander as its 3.5L V6 engine has been replaced by a turbocharged 2.4L inline-four. It produces 265 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, so slightly less power than with the outgoing V6, but more torque. The automaker claims a combined fuel economy figure of 24 mpg or 9.8 L/100 km with the new turbo engine, along with reduced emissions. The Highlander Hybrid soldiers on, combining a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total output of 243 hp.
Uplevel Highlander trims get a 12.3-inch digital driving instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system touchscreen, while all trims receive a new infotainment system altogether. Power-folding mirrors are now available, the wireless charging pad has been relocated, and there are new paint colours to choose from.
Redesigned the for 2021 model year, the Toyota Mirai boasts a much more seductive design than the first-generation sedan. Powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, the rear-wheel-drive Mirai features an output of 182 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, with an EPA-estimated driving range of 357 to 402 miles or 575 to 647 km. For now, its availability is limited to areas where a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is already in place. Think California in the U.S., and British Colombia and Quebec in Canada. There are no changes announced for the 2023 model year.
Nothing has been announced yet, but the Toyota Prius will get an overhaul for the 2023 model year, as the current four-generation model has been around since the 2016 model year. The new Prius should get a revised hybrid powertrain with more power, just like the one in the Corolla Hybrid, and AWD should once again be available. It’s unclear if a second-generation Prius Prime will also be introduced, but it’s highly likely.
Best-selling crossover in the U.S. and Canada, the Toyota RAV4 continues to lead the segment with conventional, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. For the 2023 model year, the RAV4 is available in the new Woodland Edition, which features a TRD-tuned suspension, Bronze alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, custom floor mats, mud guards, dual black chrome exhaust tips, roof rails and cross bars. It’s equipped with the hybrid powertrain, which develops 219 combined horsepower, along with AWD.
Otherwise, the more affordable RAV4 variants get a 2.5L inline-four engine with 203 horsepower and the choice of front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains. A multitude of trim levels are offered, such as LE, XLE, TRD Off-Road and Limited, while the RAV4 Prime boasts a plug-in hybrid system that develops 302 horsepower in addition to standard AWD. For the 2023 model year, all RAV4 trims get a new infotainment system with over-the-air updates, along with 8.0- and 10.5-inch touchscreens.
The Toyota Sequoia gets a complete overhaul for 2023, boasting new styling inspired by the Tundra pickup, with which is shares its architecture. The old 5.7L V8 is replaced with the company’s new i-FORCE MAX powertrain, combining a twin-turbo 3.5L (actually 3,445 cc) V6 with an electric motor, a 1.87-kWh battery, a 10-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drivetrain for a combined output of 437 horsepower, along with 583 pound-feet of torque.
The three-row, full-size SUV also benefits from a redesigned interior, more comfort and convenience features as well as more active safety gear, while the Capstone is the new range-topping, most luxurious variant. Other trim levels include TRD Off-Road, Limited, Platinum and TRD Pro.
The Toyota Sienna is equipped with a hybrid powertrain as standard since its redesign for the 2021 model year, featuring a 2.5L inline-four with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, good for a combined 245 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available as well by adding a second, small motor at the rear. For 2023, a limited-run 25th Anniversary Edition has been announced with two paint colour choices, black mirror caps, black badging, black leather seating with silver contrast stitching, and more. Otherwise, no significant changes have been announced so far.
For 2023, the Toyota Tacoma receives some changes, including expanded availability of the smart key system. The TRD Pro is offered in new Solar Octane orange paint, while the Tacoma Trail variant gets some revisions such as bed lighting, cross bars, a tailgate insert, a black chrome exhaust tip, floor mats, a TRD shift knob and Magnetic Gray paint—which replaces Army Green. In the United States, there are a Chrome Package and an SX Package, both offered on select trim levels. The Tacoma can be equipped with either a 159-horsepower 2.7L inline-four or a 278-horsepower 3.5L V6, while 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains are offered in addition to Access Cab and Double Cab configurations.
The Toyota Tundra received a full redesign for 2022. Offered in Double Cab and CrewMax configurations, it can be equipped with a standard twin-turbo, 3.5L V6 with up to 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission, or an optional hybrid variant booting output to 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet. In addition to the new exterior design, the cabin has been reworked and modernized with an infotainment screen of up to 14 inches. The 2023 model year brings paint color changes, while in the U.S., there’s a new SX Package that adds Dark Gray Metallic 18-inch wheels, body-color door handles and rear bumper as well as smoked silver interior trim to the Tundra SR5 variants.
Introduced for 2021, the second-generation Toyota Venza enters the 2023 model year with no major changes. However, a new Nightshade Edition is available, which features black alloy wheels, black window surrounds, black door handles and some unique interior touches as well. The hybrid-only Venza is equipped with a 2.5L inline-four engine matched to an electric motor for a combined output of 219 horsepower, along with standard AWD.