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The 2023 Toyota Highlander is among the best SUVs in its class. The SUV has been around for quite a while, but its hybrid version addresses the needs of people worldwide. The Toyota Highlander has never been the most fuel efficient option, but the more efficient model excels in this area and offers fairly equal performance. Currently, many Toyota SUVs have the burden of remaining relevant. By including the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the automaker has done just that with one of its legendary nameplates.

The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers impeccable fuel economy

2023 Toyota Highlander is a great midsize hybrid SUV
2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

It goes without saying that the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an impeccably fuel efficient SUV. However, it’s important because it makes the 2023 Highlander an option for people who wouldn’t normally consider the vehicle. This midsize hybrid SUV from Toyota gets an average of 36 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, making it one of the best of its class. The non-hybrid Highlander gets an average of 22 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. 

The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is also a powerful SUV. According to Edmunds, it comes standard with a 2.4-liter inline-four powertrain with a maximum output of 243 horsepower. It’s front-wheel drive on the base trim and has a CVT. This is basically the same performance as the 2022 Highlander Hybrid.The non-hybrid Highlander has a maximum output of 265 hp and uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

The Highlander Hybrid is a reliable vehicle

2023 Toyota Higher Hybrid front it's a top Midsize hybrid SUV
2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

One of the things this midsize hybrid SUV takes from the regular 2023 Toyota Highlander is its legendary reliability. J.D. Power gave the Highlander an impressive 81 out of 100 predicted reliability rating. Though the Highlander Hybrid didn’t get a separate score, Consumer Reports believes the more efficient SUV will be more reliable than most other new vehicles.

The 2023 Toyota Highlander is also a safe midsize SUV. The NHTSA selected it as a top safety plus pick. Regarding the Hybrid version, the organization gave it a five out of five-star ranking. It’s particularly protective in side crash situations, but it also handles frontal crash situations pretty well.

Modern interior

One of the most impressive parts of the latest Toyota Highlander is its interior. The same is true for the hybrid version, as it’s also incredibly spacious and sturdy. This isn’t the best cabin of a midsize SUV of the year, but it’s not nearly as dated as the latest model Toyota 4Runner. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid also beats the Mazda CX-9 regarding overall interior space. It should be noted that this is an improvement over the 2022 Highlander Hybrid.

The 2023 Highlander is one of the best midsize SUVs of the year, so it’s only natural that the more efficient version would be as well. The hybrid version removes a major complaint people have about the standard SUV, which helps make it a modern vehicle. People who still want a fully gas powered option have it, but there is also something for those who want a more modern vehicle. Hopefully, the automaker will take note and do something similar for the 4Runner.

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