The current generation of Toyota’s well-known three-row SUV has been around for a couple of years and it marks pretty impressive sales numbers. However, the company prepares updates for the 2023 Toyota Highlander, to make it even better. From what we know so far, this will be more than a typical facelift. Besides typical updates, we will also see a completely new version, called the Grand Highlander. As you may presume, this will be a stretched version of the SUV, with more passenger and cargo space.
Despite the updates, the essence of the car will remain the same. The new Highlander will continue to offer the same combination of great things, starting from a comfortable and well-built cabin. Also, we like the long list of standard equipment, especially in terms of safety. Finally, there is a very efficient hybrid version of the SUV.
Considering all the updates, we presume that the 2023 Toyota Highlander will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022.
2023 Toyota Highlander Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the 2023 Toyota Highlander will remain largely the same. On the other hand, we expect to see a lot of changes regarding aesthetics. This will be a typical facelift, so we are pretty sure that most of the cosmetic changes will come at the front. We presume we could see some revisions on the grille, front bumper, headlights etc. A few tweaks are possible on the rear end too, while we also expect to see things like new wheels, color options etc.
Still, the biggest novelty will be a stretched version, which will come as the 2023 Toyota Grand Highlander. This model will feature a longer wheelbase and bigger overall dimensions, in order to provide more space on the inside. Other than that, it shouldn’t be much different compared to the standard model.
We don’t believe that the 2023 Toyota Highlander will bring more important changes on the inside. We are pretty sure that most of the cabin is about to remain the same, though there is always room for a couple of tweaks regarding materials, color schemes etc. Other than that, things will remain the same. This SUV offers good interior quality and nice materials, while there is also a long list of standard and available equipment.
The base versions offer a decent amount of passenger space. The first two rows are very comfortable, though we can’t say the same for the third one, which isn’t all that adult-friendly. Fortunately, this will change with the new Grand Highlander, which should offer notably more space in the third row. The Grand Highlander will also offer more cargo space, compared to the standard model’s 16 cubic feet behind the third row, 48.4 cubic feet behind the second and 84.3 cubic feet in total.
We presume that the upcoming update will also bring a couple of additions to the list of standard and available equipment. However, the current model already stands pretty well in this aspect, so we presume most of the things are about to remain the same.
For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, five USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Additionally, you can get goodies like a 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, navigation, and an 11-speaker JBL premium stereo, as well as a moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, ambient interior lighting, a household-style power outlet, Driver Easy Speak and a panoramic moonroof.
The same thing is with safety features. The current model already stands really well in this aspect. It comes standard with goodies like forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, and a rear-seat reminder.
2023 Toyota Highlander Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t change and the 2023 Toyota Highlander will continue with two familiar powertrain options. Base models come with a pretty capable 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 295 horsepower, which offers pretty quick acceleration. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty fine job too.
Also, there is a hybrid version, which uses a system that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a couple of electric motors, for a total output of 243 horsepower. Besides solid driving dynamics, this system also offers a pretty impressive fuel economy that goes around 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
2023 Toyota Highlander Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Toyota Highlander will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 35.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot etc.