The fourth-generation Toyota Highlander, first introduced in the United States in April 2019, has been updated for the 2023 model year. The main change was the revision of the motor range.
The 3.5-liter atmospheric V6 at 299 hp and 357 Nm is no longer there: its place was taken by a 2.4-liter “turbocharger”, developing 269 hp and 419 Nm. The manufacturer notes that the new engine has retained the same level of fuel efficiency, while emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide have significantly decreased. It is combined with a front or plug-in all-wheel drive, a traction vector control system with a pair of clutches for the rear wheels is still provided.
The Highlander Hybrid version has not changed in any way: the combination of a 2.5-liter gasoline “four” and two electric motors still develops 243 hp.
In the rich Limited and Platinum trim levels, two 12.3-inch displays are now installed, whereas before the instrument screen was seven-inch. The new infotainment complex supports wireless connection of two phones at once (via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), distributes the Internet, and understands voice commands.
In the L and LE trim levels, a seven-inch instrument display appeared instead of the previous 4.2-inch one, in the XLE and XSE it is complemented by an eight-inch multimedia monitor.
The proprietary package of security systems has been updated to the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ level. In the “base” it includes a frontal collision prevention system with pedestrian recognition function, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, road sign recognition, and automatic high beam. At the LE level, blind-spot monitoring and assistance when leaving the parking lot in reverse appear, and in older trim levels – parking assistant and all-round view. Prices have not been announced yet.