New 2023 Toyota Crown ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Impressive fuel economy for such a large car, high-quality cabin, perky optional turbocharged hybrid powertrain.
– Controversial styling, pricier than the outgoing Avalon, optional JBL stereo is a big letdown.
– The Toyota Crown backs up its oddball status with a premium aura and a pleasant driving experience.
Exceptional fuel economy
Comfortable ride quality
Limited cargo capacity
Firmly padded seats
– What’s new
All-new sedan that replaces the Avalon
Every Crown has an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain
2023 is this new Crown’s first year for the U.S. market
It wasn’t much of a surprise when Toyota discontinued its luxury-adjacent Avalon sedan in 2022 since most shoppers have been gravitating toward SUVs for over a decade. It is somewhat surprising, though, to see Toyota jump right back into this class of sedan with its all-new 2023 Toyota Crown. As was the case with the Avalon, the Crown is larger than the typical midsize sedan but not quite big enough to qualify as a large sedan. The Crown distinguishes itself from the Avalon with an elevated ride height and distinctive styling.