2023 Toyota Highlander Replaces V-6 with 2.4L Turbo-Four

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  • The Toyota Highlander 2023 is updated with a new 265-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four engine.
  • The interior also gets updates including a larger infotainment screen and digital gauge cluster, both optional.
  • The Highlander 2023 will go on sale this month, and prices start at $37,755 for the nonhybrid and $41,555 for the hybrid.

UPDATE 10/6/22: Toyota has announced pricing for the updated 2023 Highlander. The base model with its new turbocharged engine starts at $37,755 for the L trim and goes up to $50,410 for the Platinum; prices go up a few hundred dollars on all trims, and all-wheel drive is a $1600 option. The hybrid starts at $41,555, and the AWD-loaded Highlander Hybrid Platinum costs $53,760.

It seems that Toyota has started discontinuing the tried and true 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The Highlander 2023 three-row SUV swaps that naturally aspirated motor for a new 2.4-liter inline-four turbocharged engine that makes 265 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque — a 30 hp drop from the V-6 but a 46 pound-feet increase in torque. Toyota claims that the four-cylinder will achieve the same 24 mpg as the V-6 in terms of its EPA rating.

The new petrol engine will be paired again with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive or front. The Lexus NX350 also uses this version of the engine; in applications it produces 275 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. The towing capacity for the Highlander will not change at 5,000 pounds. The Highlander hybrid powertrain will not change for the new model year and should achieve the same EPA rating of up to 36 mpg combined for the front-wheel drive model.

Other updates include a new optional 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster offered on the Limited and Platinum trim levels. New power folding mirrors come standard on all models, and the XLE and XSE trims get a power liftgate as standard. The wireless smartphone charger was moved to a more comfortable spot on the dashboard, and there’s been a slight change in interior trim and a new green exterior color called Cypress.

This story was originally published May 11, 2022.

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