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The Toyota Highlander is one of the most notable SUVs in the Japanese automaker’s lineup. The midsize SUV provides incredible value over time. It’s one of the best models in its segment despite being significantly more expensive than some of its rivals. Here are three Highlander configurations that are worth the money.

The 2023 Toyota Highlander XLE brings the value

A white 2023 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

The Toyota Highlander XLE is a great balance of affordability and decent standard features. It starts at $43,420.

The Highlander XLE comes standard with wireless smartphone charging, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. It also includes a tire pressure monitor system, hill start assist control, and SofTex-trimmed front and second-row seats.

The Highlander XLE provides plenty of creature comforts and great tech for a price that doesn’t break the bank. Car and Driver recommends the 2023 Toyota Highlander XLE.

The Toyota Highlander L has a great value proposition

During times of great economic hardship, Americans can make do with the bare necessities. If you need a new midsize SUV but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for upper configurations, the Highlander L may be just what you need.

The 2023 Toyota Highlander L starts at $36,420. It uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The midsize SUV gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Highlander L comes standard with heated power outside mirrors with turn signals, a smart key system with push-button start, and hill start assist control. It also includes full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist. The base configuration offers plenty of modern standard features that were reserved for upper trim level models in previous years.

The most valuable Toyota Highlander is a hybrid

A blue 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid midsize SUV is parked.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

Toyota’s most valuable Highlander model has a hybrid powertrain system. The Highlander Hybrid LE with all-wheel drive is powerful, fuel-efficient, and chock full of great standard features.

The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE with all-wheel drive starts at $41,820. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain system to make 243 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Highlander Hybrid LE gets an incredible 36 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

The midsize hybrid SUV comes standard with a leather steering wheel and heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators. It also includes a height-adjustable power liftgate and a tire pressure monitor system.

The Highlander Hybrid LE’s fuel economy is a significant improvement over the internal combustion engine version of the Highlander. It can travel for up to 595 miles with a full tank of gas before needing to refuel. The Highlander Hybrid can save drivers big bucks at the pump over a long period of ownership. The hybrid SUV should be able to last for over 200,000 miles or 14 years. In fact, both the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid are featured on a list of longest-lasting SUVs compiled by


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