2023 Toyota Highlander

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Toyota Highlander highlights

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  • Good visibility throughout
  • Pleasing fuel figures for a three-row SUV
  • Hushed ride experience


  • Third row not suited to adults
  • Cargo cubes are lacking

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 28 highway, 24 combined

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All Toyota Highlander years

New for 2023

  • Highlander trims have been upgraded with Parking Sensors, Turbo Charged Engine, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The L trim now comes with Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The XLE trim now comes with Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Platinum trim now comes with Quad Seats and Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The LE trim now comes with Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The XSE trim now comes with 20 Inch Plus Wheels as standard equipment.

Explore Toyota Highlander details

Platinum 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • JBL Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42"/M 38.7"/R 27.7"

Head room

F 38.4"/M 37.1"/R 36.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2023 Toyota Highlander

1. Great turbo powertrain

For the 2023 model year, the Toyota Highlander does away with its standard V6 and introduces a turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is available). The updated powertrain delivers 265 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, making your drive as exciting as your destination. With an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined, the 2023 Toyota Highlander is an ideal choice for family road trips and weekly carpooling duties.

2. Everyday capability

The 2023 Toyota Highlander can keep up with your busy lifestyle, both on and off the pavement. All-wheel-drive models include Multi-Terrain Select, which consists of four modes (Mud and Sand, Rock and Dirt, Snow, and Normal) to provide extra traction and maximize driving performance on different surfaces. If you regularly tow a trailer, boat, or camper, the 2023 Highlander is also up to the task. When properly equipped, this SUV's turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine can pull an estimated 5,000 lbs.

3. Sporty XSE trim

You don't have to forego agile performance when you choose the 2023 Toyota Highlander. The mid-range XSE trim has all the trappings of an athletic SUV. This model comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension that helps the Highlander hug the road tightly. Retuned shock absorbers, higher-rate springs, and a rear stabilizer bar also enhance this SUV's handling, while its lower aggressive stance and chrome-plated twin-tip exhaust add to the Highlander XSE's sporty appeal.

4. Roomy interior

Great for big families and large groups, the 2023 Toyota Highlander features a spacious cabin with standard eight-passenger seating in the L and LE trims, or seven-passenger seating in XLE and higher trims with second-row captain's chairs. With 38.7 inches of second-row legroom and 28 inches in the third row, your crew will enjoy generous stretch-out space. Additionally, there's 16 cu-ft of cargo space with all rows in place—plenty of room for four carry-on suitcases. However, if you need extra capacity, folding the 60/40 split third-row seats opens up 48.4 cu-ft, or 84.3 cu-ft with the second and third rows folded.

5. Connectivity features

Whether road-tripping with the kids or commuting to the office, you'll appreciate the 2023 Toyota Highlander's many standard connectivity features. Base models start with an eight-inch infotainment system, but Limited and Platinum trims include a larger 12.3-inch display and a secondary 12.3-inch screen that serves as the gauge cluster. Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration are also standard, with four USB charge ports and hands-free phone and music streaming capabilities using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Additionally, available 4G connectivity can turn your SUV into a convenient hotspot.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the Toyota Highlander an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Highlander 3rd out of 30 among Midsize SUVs.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Toyota Highlander is $415, compared to an average of $521 for Midsize SUVs and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Toyota Highlander owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 1.1 times for Midsize SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 9% for the Toyota Highlander, compared to an average of 12% for Midsize SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

2023 Toyota Highlander trims

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