The new 2023 Toyota Highlander: Speck and Features

Kirill November 11 2022



Although the Highlander has a lot to offer, it falls in the middle of the pack when compared to its more than two dozen competitors in the mid-size SUV segment. The Highlander is available in eleven trims and offers both hybrid and nonhybrid powertrains. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is also an option.

The Highlander's handling and ride are both smooth, but it could use more energy while driving. The interior is equipped with modern amenities on the base L model, including an infotainment system that is easy to use and a variety of driver-assistance features that come standard. The Limited and Platinum models look very similar to Lexus models, boasting handsome leather upholstery, a premium JBL stereo system, as well as additional tech features.

In comparison to its rivals, the Highlander is less compelling. For example, the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade offer more luxury and third-row room, the Mazda CX-9 has a nicer interior and better driving dynamics, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L comes with that brand’s famous off-road capability.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Highlander comes with a 265-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as standard, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You have the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. We haven’t driven this version yet, but when we do we’ll be able to provide feedback on its performance.

The Highlander Hybrid comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that work together to create 243 horsepower. It also has a CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) and the choice between front wheel drive or all wheel drive. With Toyota's hybrid technology, this powertrain provides excellent fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance; the last model we tested Radeon 0 to 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds!

The Ford Explorer is a perfectly stable car to handle, and the ride biomass generally comfortably for long trips with family. People interested in this car might be aware that it also comes in a hybrid form. However, if we're comparing these cars against each other, the Toyota model uses less fuel overall.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The base L and midrange LE models have bench seats in the second and third rows that can fit eight people, but there is also a seven-seat arrangement with captain's chairs in the second row for higher trims.

The Highlander has more passenger space than the CX-9 but not as much as theChevrolet Traverse. The third row is cramped for adults, however all rows have improved materials from the last-generation Highlander.

In terms of luxury, the Upscale Limited and Platinum models take the cake. However, when it comes to features offered, they don't quite stack up against the Palisade or Telluride. For instance, whereas the Traverse can fit six carry-on suitcases in its cargo area behind the third row,,the Upscale Limited only leaves room for four.


Is Toyota Highlander a reliable car?

The Toyota Highlander Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $489 which means it has lower than average ownership costs.

Do Toyota Highlanders last long?

Expect Your Highlander to Reach 300,000 Miles, or 20 Years, with Excellent Care. On average, how many miles will a Toyota Highlander last? Ask a Toyota dealer and they're going to quote the high-end to you, which is around 300,000 miles.

What was the best year for a Toyota Highlander?

The best choice is probably the 2008-2013 version. This generation gives you more interior space, more features, and a more powerful engine lineup, plus better safety and crash test scores.