2023 Toyota Highlander: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

William Kinton
Automotive Editor - March 28, 2022

Model Preview

As far as we know, the 2023 Toyota Highlander SUV will be a carryover from the 2022 model year, but a refresh has been rumored due to the age of the current generation. That said, any sort of refresh would likely be cosmetic, without anything game-changing.

Considering the largest weak point of the current Highlander is the third-row passenger space, anything short of a full platform redesign is unlikely to rectify the issue. Fortunately, Toyota will debut the Grand Highlander for the 2023 model year. Changes from the current Highlander will include more height and a longer wheelbase making the third row less cramped.

The current Highlander has a highly styled exterior with an angry face and hard creases, while the interior is a bit more restrained. We can’t make any solid predictions on what direction Toyota may go with a refresh, but we could see a bit more off-road inspired style as we’ve seen on the RAV4 and Sequoia.

Any gasoline-powered powertrain update is currently unknown for the 2023 model year. Currently, the Highlander has a 3.5-liter V6, with 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The fuel efficiency is pretty good for a large SUV, averaging 24 mpg combined for standard front-wheel drive equipped models; all-wheel-drive models slip a bit to 23 mpg combined.

Those looking for better efficiency are served by the Highlander Hybrid, but we cover that model separately.

Like most Toyotas, the current Highlander hits high marks for safety, with an array of highly sought-after active safety features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beam headlights. Considering these standard features are already better than most vehicles currently available, it’s unlikely that these will change in the event of a refresh.

Pricing & Release Date

Toyota hasn’t given us any news about the release of the 2023 Highlander yet, but typically new models come out in the fall.

Likewise, 2023 Highlander pricing has not yet been announced. The current model ranges from $36,420 (including destination) up to $48,776 for a top-of-the-line model. If we do see a redesign, we could see prices inflated by a couple of thousand dollars across the board.

The main competitors for the Toyota Highlander are the Volkswagen Atlas, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, and Chevrolet Traverse.

As Toyota releases more information, we will keep this page updated.

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