2023 Toyota Highlander consumer reviews

$36,620–$38,220 MSRP range
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25% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 2.2
  • Value 2.2
  • Exterior 3.4
  • Reliability 2.4
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Avoid Highlander

We had our 2023 Highlander for 2 weeks, 289 miles on it, and the engine blew. Fought with Toyota for 4 months before they agreed to a buy back. Lost money for 2 payments made and insurance. We were Toyota family for years and now have agreed that we'll NEVER buy another one!


Bad turbo engine. Class action suit

Terrible engine. The turbo has major lag. The car is not safe to drive. The engine won’t take off randomly from a dead stop which is dangerous for when you need to turn into traffic. I see a class action lawsuit in the making. Engine will buck and stall through entire acceleration curve up to highway speeds. Been into dealer 6 times since new. So much for the legendary Toyota engineering and reliability. This was a bad design that they are trying to expand and put in more vehicles. Grand highlander with the same motor? No thank you!!!!!


Toyota’s Has Gone Downhill

We have had our Highlander XSE for 3 weeks. Terrible mistake, looking to get rid of it already. Exterior is very nice looking, interior is very cheap looking. Just discovered it does not a a beeping sensor when backing, even the cheapest autos have a beep when using the back up camera. Have owned four Toyota’s before this, no more, they have gone back to cheap like in the 60’s!!!


Quality continues;

The best Highlander yet. Smooth operation and the turbo is amazing a smooth and quiet ride. It has excellent speed when i need it. i would buy again if need be. Toyota would always be at the top of my list when shopping for automobiles .


Bad design overall

After my experience I would avoid all highlanders manufacturered 2020 through 2023. 1) moonroof leak: design issue. 2) speedometer mismatch: design issue. Could tell same issue with the rental cars supplied, while my car was being worked on.


SKIP this Car

Terrible TURBO LAG !!! Toyota blew it with this car. $44,000 for WHAT ??? I can't Imagine Toyota is putting this Dog of an engine in the '24 Tacoma. Bonus, NO CD PLAYER !!!


Scary Highlander

The other reviews are absolutely scary. I am now Leary of my 2023 Toyota Highlander. It definitely does not compare to my 2017 Highlander. It is not comfortable and also jerky. I truly believe I have made a huge mistake.


Hot Garbage

Made it almost 4k miles before the turbo lag started. Toyota took a fantastic vehicle and made it awful simply by removing a phenomenal powertrain and replacing it with a terrible one. We have owned two highlanders before this one, and both were excellent. After having owned more than a dozen Toyotas, The 2023 Highlander Limited is the last new Toyota we will purchase until they bring back a solid, efficient, naturally aspirated powertrain.



Bought 23 highlander in March . The turbo engine is awful . Jerks and hesitates in traffic like others have said . We sold a 2011 with the v6 and bought this one and have regretted it ever since so we traded it in for a 2022 with v6 . Smooth as butter . Stay away from the 23’s .


2023 Highlander Platinum 4cyl Turbo

Bought this car for my wife. Test drive was fine but we babied it. Car now has 5k miles on it, and we’re having power issues like other reviewers. Very jerky and serious turbo lag issues. They should have stayed with the 6cyl, better engine and quieter driving experience. Now this is becoming a safety issue. You never know what’s going to happen when your pulling out into traffic. Looking to trade this in on another vehicle. If this engine is what Toyota is putting into their other new vehicles, buyer beware. Other than that it’s a very nice looking vehicle.