Toyota’s new Highlander brings some welcome updates for the 2023 model year. The Japanese midsize SUV comes standard with excellent safety and driver-assist features. It now uses a standard turbocharged four-cylinder. Which Toyota Highlander SUV models should consumers be most excited about?
The 2023 Toyota Highlander XLE is the sweet spot of the Highlander trim
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The version of the vehicle that offers the best value is usually the sweet spot between the base model and the final version or the most affordable version and the best equipped version. The new Highlander comes in six different trim levels. Toyota also offers a hybrid version of the Highlander that gets incredible fuel economy. The Highlander XLE is worth getting excited about because it balances affordability, technology, and amenities well.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander XLE starts at $41,820. It comes standard with heated outside mirrors with turn signals and blind-spot warning indicators, a blind-spot monitor, and an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer. The midsize SUV also features heated front seats and wireless charging for smartphones. car and Driver recommends the Highlander XLE over other versions.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander Platinum Is The Smartest Highlander Ever
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Drivers truly live in one of the greatest eras of technological innovation when it comes to safety and driver assistance features. Many of the features are becoming standard, while some of the more advanced technological features are reserved for vehicles with the final trim level.
The Highlander Platinum comes standard with a panoramic view monitor and front and rear parking assist. It is by far the easiest Highlander version to park and maneuver in tight spaces.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander Platinum also includes a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, and a heated front row and second row. Final trim for the Highlander Platinum starts at $49,075 (which is relatively close to today’s median price for a new vehicle).
Don’t sleep in the base model Toyota Highlander
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Base models often get a bad rap for being too basic, but in a time of economic uncertainty, base models are looking better and better. Automakers are also producing some of the best-equipped base model vehicles in history thanks to technological innovation. The Kia Telluride is a perfect example.
The 2022 Kia Telluride comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats with SynTex materials. Talk about setting the tone.
The Toyota Highlander L starts at $36,420. It comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, Toyota’s suite of safety and driver-assistive features. Toyota Safety Sense includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Full-speed dynamic cruise control is ideal for driving long distances in moderate traffic.
The 2023 Highlander L may not offer as many amenities and tech upgrades as higher trim levels, but its value proposition is still exciting, especially if you’re planning to own it for the long haul. A new Highlander L should be able to last over 200,000 miles or 14 years.
Toyota’s midsize SUV will compete with one of the best midsize SUVs on the market.
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