The 2023 Toyota Crown Might Be Worth the Wait, Consumer Reports Says

Toyota is one of the most successful automakers in the world for many reasons, and a lot of drivers trust Toyota to make a good car. It should not be surprising then that one of the cars that Toyota will release soon, the 2023 Toyota Crown, may be worth waiting for. Here’s a look at what’s known about the 2023 Toyota Crown, the car that it’s replacing, and why this Toyota is worth waiting for.

What is known about the upcoming 2023 Toyota Crown

A grey 2023 Toyota Crown against a white background.
2023 Toyota Crown | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The Crown is expected to go on sale in the U.S. later this year, though its exact release date is still unknown. That being said, Toyota has released a lot of info about the Crown. For example, despite what some folks were expecting, the Crown will not be a small SUV, but rather, it’ll be a lift-up sedan. This does give the Toyota a unique shape when compared to other sedans.

On top of that, at launch, the Crown will only be offered with hybrid powertrain options. These are regular hybrids, and a PHEV option may be a possibility in the future. The standard option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that gets about 231 hp, and then there’s the more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder option that gets 345 hp. All-wheel drive is standard as well. 

The standard Crown may be able to get 38 mpg combined, while the more powerful option may still be able to hit 28 mpg combined. The Crown will also come with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which is Toyota’s latest safety suite. It will also come with two 12.5-inch screens, one is the digital instrument cluster, and the other is for the infotainment system. It’s currently unknown how much this Toyota will cost, but it’s estimated to start at about $38,000.

Why Consumer Reports thinks it’s worth waiting for

According to Consumer Reports, the Crown is an interesting and unique entry into the sedan segment. As many car shoppers know, the sedan segment is dying, but Toyota is one of a few automakers that still have popular sedan options. Since it’s a lift-up sedan, this Toyota borrows some traits from SUVs, including some style choices but also some practical design choices, such as raised ride heights.

This allows the Crown to target car shoppers who are looking for a practical daily driver that is efficient and not too large, while having a unique look and design for the segment. At 60.6 inches tall, the Crown is taller than many sedans, but other than that, it’s relatively similar to sedans in its physical dimensions. Plus, this large Toyota sedan is coming in a few months, so car shoppers don’t have to wait that long for it anyways. 

The Toyota Crown will be replacing the Avalon

But, like Consumer Reports said, the Crown will be taking over for the Avalon, which used to be Toyota’s flagship sedan. The Avalon was by no means a bad car, as it was a solid full-size sedan that had great features and plenty of positive traits that make it attractive to customers. The only problem is that the sedan segment is dying, and car shoppers wanted larger cars, and the Avalon wasn’t large enough.

With the Avalon being discontinued, this marks the end of 27 years of its life in the U.S. car market. The Avalon did have a good 27 years though, because like any other Toyota, it was a solid and reliable car for most of those years. As Toyota’s flagship sedan, it often had a lot of features as well. Thanks to that, the Avalon was often ranked as the best full-size sedan. 

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