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A Look at the 2023 Toyota Highlander: All the Right Stuff

Nowadays, it seems every major manufacturer is advertising SUVs that are always trying to one-up each other. And while we all love shiny new rims and flashy features, we also can’t lose sight of the essentials when it comes to being an SUV driver. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices out there, it helps to return to the basics. An SUV that focuses on the practical, everyday features and excels at them, an SUV that makes you happy to sit behind the wheel; that’s an SUV you should put your time and money into.

Luckily, such an SUV exists; the 2023 Toyota Highlander. Flexible and dependable, the 2023 Toyota Highlander offers the kind of versatility that any kind of driver could appreciate. Powerful, spacious, and well-equipped, the Highlander can do everything you love and doesn’t bother with unnecessary excess.

Connecting You to Your Highlander

The 2023 Highlander has unprecedented connectivity for an SUV. Rather than spend precious effort on features you wouldn’t need, Toyota focused on connecting your Highlander to you as seamlessly as possible. A Toyota Remote Connect subscription allows you to control your Highlander from your smartphone. Start your vehicle, pop your trunk, and lock your doors; you can do it all without touching your keys. For as phone-crazy as many of us are, this is a welcome addition to the Highlander. An available subscription also turns your Highlander into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Do your passengers need a quick data fix for their smartphone or laptop while on the road? Your 2023 Highlander comes to the rescue!

The more important connections your Highlander has access to deal with safety and security for you, your Highlander, and your passengers. While it may not be as exciting as the above features, these are far more essential to you, even if you don’t notice it, and we’re glad Toyota has focused on it. Every 2023 Highlander has an available 10-year subscription to Safety Connect that includes an array of tools you may need during an emergency, like roadside assistance and Automatic Collision Notification.

A red 2023 Toyota Highlander is shown from the front at an angle on a dirt road.

When the going gets tough, your Highlander has your back. Similarly, Service Connect is another included trial service that allows you to keep track of your Highlander’s most important data, like mileage, service and maintenance history, and more. Without having to take a peek under the hood or take your 2023 Highlander to a service center, you can get an in-depth look at how your vehicle is doing from the comfort of your smartphone. These connectivity options make your life as a driver much easier by consolidating information and presenting it effectively to you and adding those helpful features we listed above so that you can maximize your potential as a Highlander owner.

Interior and Exterior Enhancements

The 2023 Toyota Highlander is an SUV with a spacious interior that knows how to use its space efficiently and smartly. All three rows of the Highlander offer luxurious seats for up to eight passengers, so every one of your friends or family members can enjoy the cozy interior. And what an interior it is! Those seats are also available as a heated and ventilated option and will regulate temperature for everyone individually, so for those picky passengers that need their situation just right, they’ll be satisfied!

Up front, the fully digital dashboard gauges provide all the information you’ll need, whether it be directional or safety-related. It’s a nice upgrade over traditional gauges that are harder to read, especially at night. We love all the additional comfort features inside the 2023 Highlander, like its beautiful moonroof and wireless smartphone charging, but there’s also a lot to love on the outside.

From a pure design standpoint, the 2023 Highlander is stylish and sleek. Many SUV drivers aren’t picky about how their vehicle looks, as they’re focused more on what their SUVs can do; it doesn’t hurt to have your Highlander earning you some compliments. There’s also a function behind the flair. Available power-folding side mirrors may look nice, but when considering practically, they keep your mirrors safe and can even keep snow off them if you happen to live up north.

Bright LED headlights will keep you safe and easily noticeable on the streets, and a hands-free power liftgate is a convenient way to access your trunk without having to put down the armful of groceries you’ve found yourself with. Even if you’re not someone who cares much about an attractive SUV, the exterior of the 2023 Highlander has a lot to offer.

Performance and Safety Features

It’s always fun to discuss the features and benefits of an SUV, inside and out, but the 2023 Highlander also excels at the most fundamental level. The heart of any SUV is the engine, and the Highlander brings an impressive one to the table. The 2023 Highlander’s impressive 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine can put out a strong 265 hp, allowing you to take to the streets or highways with ease. It’s also efficient; the Highlander’s combined 25 MPG fuel economy will save you time (and money) with fewer visits to the gas station. Whether you use your Highlander as a day-to-day family SUV or a tough towing machine, the engine can perform beyond expectations whenever you need it to.

An SUV is meant to be more durable than your average small car, and the 2023 Highlander is no different. Selectable drive modes like Sport, Eco, and Normal will let you optimize the performance of your Highlander on the street, but the customization doesn’t end there. If you decide to take the 2023 Highlander off-road with an all-wheel model, the included Multi-Terrain Select system controls traction, slippage, and tire performance when encountering tough terrain like snow, mud, or sand. Even if you’re not someone who throws their SUV into the unknown often, rest assured that against any challenges, the 2023 Highlander can thrive.

A white 2023 Toyota Highlander is shown from the side while towing a boat.

But far more often than not, you’ll be on the main streets of your neighborhood and city. When there, you’ll need the kind of features that often fly under the radar: safety features. The 2023 Highlander can protect you in times of emergency, but thankfully, it also stops many of those emergencies from ever happening in the first place. The Highlander has a Pre-Collision System that picks up vehicles or pedestrians in front or behind you and provides a visual and audio warning. If the Highlander needs to, it can also stop automatically. Additional features make parking your Highlander easier and further optimize lane changing on the highway. For all the things you anticipate and the many more things you don’t, the 2023 Toyota Highlander is prepared.

Elevate Your Daily Drive With the 2023 Toyota Highlander

The 2023 Toyota Highlander is the kind of SUV that any driver can appreciate. It has the perfect balance of all the best things we’ve come to expect in a modern vehicle. A powerful engine that’s perfect for short day-to-day trips and longer, tougher journeys. A suite of interesting connectivity that will make every day of being a Highlander owner easier. An airtight safety suite working around the clock so you never have to worry about yourself and your passengers. And intelligent and driver-focused design, inside and out. All these components contribute to the overall feeling of practicality and dependability, the simple but crucial things we’ve come to expect from our SUVs but don’t always get. Luckily, it’s exactly what you get from the 2023 Toyota Highlander.