The all new 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is here

If you’re looking for a hybrid SUV that can set up to eight passengers, the 2023 Toyota Highlander is a great option. The Highlander comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it a good choice for those who live in snowy climates.

The 2023 model year will see some new changes and updates, so be sure to check back for more information closer to the release date.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Expert Review

toyota grand highlander
toyota grand highlander

The Highlander Hybrid is a proven option for families looking for a three-row SUV with high fuel economy. Toyota has unveiled its latest fourth-generation Highlander for the 2020 model year and this year marks a mild mid-cycle refresh with some new tech features.

This version of the Highlander Compete with other three-row hybrid SUVs including the Kia Sorento Hybrid and Ford Explorer Hybrid.

What’s New Toyota Highlander

  • Limited Platinum and Bronze models now feature a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Limited and Platinum models get power-folding mirrors
  • New Cypress exterior paint option
  • 7.0-inch instrument cluster display now standard
  • XLE and XSE models get hands-free power tailgate

What We Think

The Highlander Hybrid is an easy-to-appreciate SUV. Fuel economy is excellent and about 600 miles of range means you’ll feel like you’ll never stop to refuel. Plus it doesn’t suffer from poor brake feel or less interior space than its gasoline-only counterparts.

grand highlander 2023
grand highlander 2023

Having said that The hybrid system is quick in town and when you invoke its full output it can come off as underpowered and noisy.

We praised the Toyota three-row for its high-quality interior materials which also applies to the hybrid. There’s plenty of cargo and passenger space in the first two rows too; just don’t expect anyone but kids to be comfortable on the way back.

and also The increased availability of larger touchscreens should future-proof these models for years to come. The electrified Highlander offers a compelling alternative to its gasoline-powered sibling.

Toyota Highlander Performance and Efficiency

While the standard Highlander gets a new engine for 2023 the Highlander Hybrid carries the same powertrain used since the 2020 model year. That’s of course a 2.5-liter inline-four working in tandem with a pair of electric motors.

With the help of a CVT automatic transmission The hybrid system has a combined output of 243 horsepower for either FWD or AWD.

When we tested the Platinum model it hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds trailing a comparable non-hybrid Highlander. Starting in 2022 fuel economy ratings are 35-36/34-35 mpg city/highway and the Highlander Hybrid can go 598-616 miles before refueling.

Safety Ratings and Features

The Highlander Hybrid is one of the safest SUVs you can buy. In addition to earning a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA it also received a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ Award from IIHS.

Toyota also includes its Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ collection of safety features which means adaptive cruise control Automatic emergency braking lane centering automatic high beams and road sign detection are all standard.

All but the base model get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and the Limited and Platinum offer rear emergency braking. 360 degree camera system available Limited and standard editions in platinum.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

There’s plenty of room inside the Highlander Hybrid for passengers and cargo especially if one of the pair of passengers is smaller than average. Toyota’s three-row hybrid has more second-row legroom than any of its peers but the least third-row room.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2023 Toyota Highlander Technology

The Highlander Hybrid comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display. Apple CarPlay Android Auto and six-speaker audio are included in the setup but buyers who opt for the limited Platinum or Bronze editions can get a major upgrade.

This The infotainment touchscreen jumps to 12.3 inches as does the digital instrument cluster and buyers benefit from wireless smartphone mirroring and an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system. There’s also Hey Toyota digital assistant dual Bluetooth device connectivity and cloud-based navigation.

What’s the Bronze Edition?

Toyota introduced the Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition for the 2022 model year which will continue through 2023. In addition to the obvious bronze wheels buyers will also notice bronze illuminated door sills and contrast stitching on the mid-century modern seats.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Bronze Edition It also gets a few convenience features mostly a hands-free power tailgate a pair of 120-volt power outlets and a seven-seat configuration with second-row captain’s seats.

Recommended Trim

Spring if you can afford a limited edition or top platinum edition. You’ll appreciate the larger infotainment screen and instrument cluster showing wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto premium audio and extra safety features.

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