New 2023 Toyota Highlander ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Optional hybrid system’s impressive fuel economy, top models’ luxe interior trimmings, plentiful standard tech.
– Bland handling, limited third-row space, no fuel-economy improvement from the new four-cylinder.
– The Highlander offers plenty of overall competence, a fuel-sipping hybrid model, and lots of features, but it’s still behind the leaders of the three-row family SUV class.
Comfortable, quiet ride
Easy to see out of
Above-average fuel efficiency for a three-row SUV
Third row is kids-only
Not much cargo space behind the third row
– What’s new
New turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces previous V6
Digital instrument panel and power-folding mirrors debut on top trims
Hands-free liftgate now standard on XLE trim and higher
Part of the fourth Highlander generation introduced for 2020
Toyota’s Highlander is one of the most well-known three-row midsize SUVs around. It’s a great choice for growing families and offers versatility similar to a minivan but is more enjoyable to drive and easier to maneuver in most cases. The 2023 Highlander is based on the most recent generation Highlander that debuted in 2020 and receives some updates this year.