2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review: High Expectations

by Michael Butler

The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a mid-size SUV that offers a spacious and comfortable interior, advanced safety features, and a range of modern technology and infotainment options. The Highlander Hybrid has a reputation for reliability, practicality, and versatility, making it a popular choice among families and individuals in need of a spacious and efficient vehicle. With a 2.5-liter gas-and-electric hybrid powertrain driving the wheels, this 243-horsepower SUV isn't the fastest hybrid SUV around, but it's commendably light on fuel. In this review of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, we see if competitors such as the Kia Sorento Hybrid and Ford Explorer Hybrid upstage this fuel-saving Toyota and whether the Highlander Hybrid still has what it takes to take on the rest of the hybrid crowd.

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2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Highlander Hybrid?

A few feature updates make their way into the 2023 Highlander Hybrid. The 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that used to be fitted to the Platinum only is now also standard on the 2023 Limited and Bronze Edition trims and becomes optional on the XLE. The base LE's 4.2-inch driver-information display is upgraded to the seven-inch item all the trims above it had last year, the XLE and Bronze Edition retain their seven-inch display screen, and Limited and Platinum now get a 12.3-inch gauge cluster as standard in place of their old seven-inch one. Limited and Platinum trims also gain power-folding side mirrors. For 2023, the wireless charging pad fitted to all trims above LE is no longer in the center-console box, but on a shelf below the audio touchscreen for added convenience.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Refined and solid interior
  • Many safety features standard
  • Comfy ride quality
  • User-friendly infotainment
  • Tight third row
  • Boring to drive
  • Engine coarse when working hard
  • Limited trunk behind third row

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2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,620
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$43,620
Hybrid XLE Bronze
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$46,380
Hybrid Limited
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$47,875
Hybrid Platinum
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$51,075
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2023 Highlander Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 194.9 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 68.1 in
  • Max Width 76.0 in
  • Front Width 65.3 in
  • Rear Width 65.4 in
  • Curb Weight 4,330.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Cypress
  • Blueprint
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Moon Dust, Limited Availability
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Cement

2023 Highlander Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Handling and Driving Impressions

This three-row hybrid SUV is far from being the pinnacle of handling prowess, and Toyota has specifically designed this vehicle to be comfortable, unexciting, and predictable. Behind the wheel, the Highlander Hybrid feels planted and sure of itself, especially in all-wheel drive guise, and feels comfortable on the highway. The light steering makes the city easy to navigate, but the turning circle could be tighter. When driving with enthusiasm, the Highlander fails to impress; the steering isn't very responsive when turning in at speed, and the body will lean through corners, followed by some understeer. It's perfect for delivering kids to school and going on road trips, but won't excite the senses or deliver the punch of the far more powerful Explorer Hybrid.

2023 Highlander Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    8-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 41.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.4 in

2023 Highlander Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Armrest
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2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Trunk Space

2023 Highlander Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid A Good SUV?

Toyota knows full well that the mid-size SUV class is packed with some impressive competition, so it has done what it does best with the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: create a good all-rounder that does everything pretty well but nothing particularly great. This car won't stand out in a full parking lot, but it's not ugly either, and the fairly spacious interior is well-equipped, even on the base model. The level of tech is also impressive for the new model year. Behind the wheel, the Highlander Hybrid could do with some more excitement, but the overall driving experience is solid and will satisfy most SUV drivers' needs. The power is enough, but it's the fuel economy that really impresses here. In terms of asking price, the Highlander Hybrid won't break the bank, but it's not the cheapest compared to the Sorento Hybrid. And if you're after something with a bit more kick, the Ford Explorer Hybrid is a good option.

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