2023 Toyota Highlander Turbo debuts with a torquey petrol


Toyota has updated the 4th gen Highlander for 2023 for the U.S. market by adding a turbocharged petrol engine among a bunch of other updates across the lineup. MSRP starts at $36,420 (excluding destination and other charges). Full list of prices below:

Highlander L $36,420 $38,020
Highlander LE $38,820 $40,420
Highlander XLE $41,820 $43,420
Highlander XSE $43,415 $45,365
Highlander Limited $46,075 $48,025
Highlander Platinum $49,275 $51,225
Highlander Hybrid LE $40,220 $41,820
Highlander Hybrid XLE $43,220 $44,820
Highlander Hybrid Limited $47,475 $49,425
Highlander Hybrid Platinum $50,675 $52,625
Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition $45,780 $47,380

Let’s talk about the turbo petrol engine first, because that’s the important update for the model year 2023. Speaking of which, the 2.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit offers 198 kW (265 bhp/269 metric hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque; the latter is a significant increase over the 3.5-litre V6’s 356 Nm (263 lb-ft), while the former is a 30 metric hp decrease. In case you’re wondering, the 2.4L turbo petrol replaces the 3.5L N/A V6. Toyota is estimating a fuel efficiency of 25 MPG combined. A Cypress Green exterior color is also a new addition for 2023.

As for other updates or upgrades, the Limited and Platinum trims now have two 12.3-inch screens as standard; one digital driver display and the other a touchscreen. Both these top-end trims also offer power folding exterior mirrors as standard for 2023. A wireless charging pad is an optional extra for front-seat passengers. Plus, Toyota moved the Qi-compatible wireless charger from the center console box to apparently a more convenient location on the dashboard itself below the touchscreen.

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