Toyota has expanded its offer of hybrid vehicles in Mexico, reaching more than 40% of its range of models. Its eighth hybrid model in the country is the new 2023 Highlander, which has dropped its V6 engine and is now only available with hybrid powertrain. It’s important to note that while Toyota calls the 2023 Highlander HEV an “electric hybrid” vehicle, it’s not a plug-in and will only be available with this powertrain technology.
Gerardo Romero, Vice President of Operations at Toyota Motor Sales de México, He commented that the arrival of the Highlander HEV demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to electrification in Mexico. The new 2023 Highlander HEV has two engines: a 2.5-liter internal combustion engine and a synchronous permanent magnet electric engine, as well as a self-regenerating hybrid battery that recharges when braking, decelerating, or in traffic. Combined, both engines produce a total output of 243 hp and utilize a simulated six-speed planetary gear-type transmission. In addition, it keeps the ECO/NORMAL/SPORT driving modes and adds a fourth all-electric EV mode, although Toyota hasn’t specified how far it can go in this mode.
The Highlander HEV lineup consists of three trim variants: LE, XLE and Limited.
In terms of interior and safety, the 2023 Highlander can accommodate up to eight passengers in the LE and XLE versions, while in the Limited variant the seats are configured for seven people in a 2:2:3 format.
As for the infotainment system, the Highlander HEV features wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The central screen is 8 inches in LE and XLE levels, while in the Limited variant it is 12.3 inches, as is the digital instrument cluster. In the other two variants, the digital instrument panel is 7 inches.
The Limited variant is the top of the range and has many more amenities compared to the other two variants. It includes a panoramic sunroof, leatherette-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a heated steering wheel.
When it comes to safety, the 2023 Highlander It comes standard with a reverse camera and eight airbags. In addition, it comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense system, which includes Lane Departure Warning with steering assistance, Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Cruise Control and Automatic High Beam System.
Another safety system that the Highlander HEV offers is the Star Safety System, which is made up of six systems designed to assist the driver in dangerous situations. These systems are: Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Management, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brake System, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
The 2023 Highlander HEV belongs to the midsize SUV segment and is characterized by maintaining a price below one million pesos, which is a rare feature in vehicles in this segment. The price of the 2023 Highlander HEV starts at 835,900 pesos for the LE level, 890,900 pesos for the XLE and 960,900 pesos for the top-of-the-line variant, the Limited.
Availability of the 2023 Highlander HEV will begin next week at all 98 Toyota dealers in Mexico