Toyota USA has unveiled the 2023 Highlander range, which this year includes a hybrid and will ship with a extensive suite of standard and available infotainment features and technologies. The OEM confirmed that the mid-size crossover will arrive at its U.S. dealerships this October, with its ICE model starting at $36,420 and the 2023 Highlander Hybrid starting at $40,220.
This year’s Highlander offers customers larger multimedia screens among other amenities across all grades and powertrains. At base, the new Highlander comes with a standard 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system, which is also available in a 12.3-inch configuration. Across the range, drivers will be similarly provided with a range of standard connectivity and convenience features, including Over-the-Air updates, a 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio system, and voice activation controls. The new Toyota Audio Multimedia similarly allows for dual Bluetooth phone connectivity, with support for standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Limited and Platinum grade models have two 12.3-inch screens – a Multi-Information Display (MID) screen and a multimedia screen – provided as standard. On these grades, a 12.3-inch Full Digital Instrument Cluster screen is supplied with four different visual modes: Casual, Smart, Tough and Sporty mode. The 12.3-inch audio multimedia touchscreen comes as standard for the Hybrid Bronze Edition.
For the XLE and XSE grades, this touchscreen will be an optional feature, with both offering an 8-inch screen and 7-inch MID gauge cluster screen as standard. On the L and LE grades, this same 7-inch MID replaces the 4.2-inch MID from the previous model year.
In providing further options for connectivity, the Highlander has an available Wi-Fi Connect subscription that offers 4G connectivity from AT&T for up to five devices. The service also enables the new Integrated Streaming feature, which allows customers their separate Apple Music and Amazon Music subscriptions to the vehicle for dedicated onboard control.
Drivers can extend the functionality of their Highlander with the available Connected Service Drive Connect, which provides access to Intelligent Assistant, Cloud Navigation and Destination Assist. Intelligent Assistant enables voice activated commands that allow the user to search for directions, find Points of Interest (POI), adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperatures and more.
Cloud Navigation, the available onboard navigation solution, utilizes the cloud to download the latest available map, traffic and routing information. The solutions also integrates POI search provided by Google Points-of-Interest data to enhance the accuracy of search results. Destination Assist provides access to 24/7 live agent assistance to locate the next destination.
Each Highlander offers a host of additional available Connected Services. Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), 24/7 Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator and Collision Assistance with up to a 10-year trial. Service Connect gives drivers the capability to receive Vehicle Health Reports, Maintenance Alerts and reminders, also with up to a 10-year trial.
With the Toyota app, available on iOS and Android devices, users can stay connected to their Highlander with a 1-year trial of Remote Connect service, available on L grades and standard across the rest of Highlander grades. Through it, users can activate headlights, lock/unlock the doors, and remotely start the vehicle. The app also allows users to check vehicle status, receive reminder notifications and set Guest Driver Alerts.
The Highlander is equipped with five USB ports in the cabin, with two USB-C ports at the front, and two in the bottom of the center stack that sit alongside a USB-A port. On the second row, USB-C ports are located at the bottom rear of the center console.