The 2023 Toyota Crown is a full-size sedan that has been completely redesigned. It is now available in two different versions: the Standard and the Royal. The Standard version is powered by a 3.5 litter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower while the Royal version is powered by a 5.0 litter V8 engine that produces 414 horsepower. Both versions come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The 2023 Toyota Crown has
The 2023 Crown straddles the line between sedan and SUV perhaps to broaden its appeal to shoppers outside the downsized full-size sedan segment. Either way the combination of the Crown’s high driving position and three-box styling takes advantage of the niche vacated by lift sedans of yore such as Subaru Legacy SUS and Volvo S60 Cross Country.
Although both a plug-in hybrid and an EV model are rumoured to launch in 2023 Crown has introduced a pair of conventional hybrid powertrains. The entry-level configuration is a familiar one combining a 2.5 litter four-cylinder with three electric motors and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The most expensive Platinum model comes with the exclusive Hybrid Max powertrain with a turbocharged 2.4 litter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor on the rear axle delivering 340 horsepower.
2023 Toyota Crown Review
The Crown’s body cuts the shape of a fastback sedan but the wheel cutouts and cladding around the lower body add some SUV-like cues. It’s not ready for anything. In terms of height and ground clearance it’s strictly a car. From the carefully sculpted sides the design is almost elegant although A bit off-putting due to the high roof.
The nose however has a wide grille inspired by the face of the Toyota Venza but with a bit of bite. Coincidentally thanks to the seating position 4 inches higher than the Camry and the new crown looks like a raised sedan. A matching roofline – just like the first Venza was shown as a raised wagon. Top models will be offered with two-tone paint. Read: 2023 Toyota Supra.
The interior of the Crown has a premium look much like the Avalon it replaces. To create a serene environment each Crown installed acoustic glazing and sound-absorbing pads between the engine and cabin and engineers worked to block sound paths around door frames window openings wiring harnesses and other areas.
2023 Toyota Crown Engine
All Crown models come with a hybrid powertrain but only the top-spec Platinum models get Toyota’s new Hybrid Max setup which pairs a turbocharged 2.4 litter four-cylinder with an electric motor on the rear axle for a combined 340 horsepower.
236 horsepower is less on XLE and Limited models A hybrid system using a 2.5 litter four-cylinder and three electric motors. The XLE and Limited come with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) while the Platinum uses a six-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is standard on every trim.
Toyota says the suspension has been targeted for An easy ride, so we’re not expecting the Crown’s cornering hero, but the Platinum model does come with adaptive dampers. We’ll update this story with driving impressions and test results when we get a chance to test drive the Crown.
2023 Toyota Crown Performance
The Crown marks the debut of two of Toyota’s hybrid systems most notably the new Hybrid Max system which balances power and fuel economy in the range-topping model.
It consists of a 2.4 litter turbo-4 and electric motors front and rear that produce 340 horsepower and offer on-demand all-wheel drive Torque can be varied between 70/30 front bias and 20/80 rear bias. It’s powered by a 6-speed direct-shift transmission that can be manually shifted via steering wheel paddles. Toyota estimates 28 mpg combined with this powertrain and a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds.
The other two grades of the Crown get the next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS). With a 2.5 litter 4-cylinder engine and electric motors front and rear it delivers 236 horsepower with all-wheel drive and a company-estimated 38 mpg combined. In this application the torque distribution can vary between 100/0 and 20/80 Front to back.
THS-equipped cars have Eco Normal Sport and EV driving modes the last of which allows for short periods of low-speed electric driving. The Crown with the Hybrid Max powertrain loses EV mode but gains Sport+ Comfort and Custom modes.
2023 Toyota Crown Outside
Unique. Different. Polarization. A reminder of the dire trend of coupes and SUVs. These are just some ways our staff describe the crown when we see it in photos. At least Toyota has done away with the Avalon’s traditional lines and instead offers a fusion Curved roof and conical greenhouse with an SUV-like raised ride height.
Interestingly the large front panel is similar to the final Avalon’s face. Maybe you can squint to see the resemblance to the 1972 Toyota Crown sold in the US last year. Maybe.
Measuring 194 inches the Crown is two inches shorter than the Avalon and has nearly the same width and wheelbase dimensions (72.4 and 112.2 inches respectively). But it’s 60.6 inches taller than the Avalon’s 57 inches. By comparison the Camry is 56.9 inches tall.
XLE and Limited trims use 19-inch wheels while Platinum trims get 21-inch wheels.
Externally the Crown looks most like a raised Toyota Mirai but with a more forward-leaning cabin design. Like Toyota’s fuel cell vehicles the Crown has a trunk (pictured above) rather than a hatchback.
The opening of the trunk appears tall and wide in the photo, but there is no information about the depth or if The rear seats can be folded to expand the cargo area.
The platinum trim on top also gets what Toyota calls two-tone paint with black paint extending from the hood to the boot and the rest of the car painted in one of four contrasting colours. XLE and Limited trims are available in five colours.
2023 Toyota Crown Interior
Step into the Crown’s elevated cabin (Toyota says the ground clearance is almost crossover’s) and you’ll find the Crown’s cabin design is much softer than it looks. Drivers can clearly see dual 12.3-inch screens (one for the instrument panel and one for the instrument panel) central touchscreen interface behind the refreshingly simple steering wheel. The center stack is equally practical.
Rather than hiding those functions in a touchscreen menu Toyota opted to include a row of climate control buttons. It’s too early to tell Commenting on the Crown’s interior space the Avalon it replaces has plenty of legrooms albeit a very tight rear.
Like its predecessor the Crown is also equipped with luxury features. Even the base XLE trim has heated front seats Faux-leather upholstery 12.3-inch touchscreen with in-car navigation Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity Wi-Fi hotspot and six-speaker audio system.
On the safety front all Crowns also come with blind-spot monitoring and the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of driver aids which includes forward collision warning automatic braking adaptive cruise control lane centring assist rear seat reminder and road sign recognition. This Platinum models further add an automatic parking system.
2023 Toyota Crown Test Driver
When the Crown debuts two powertrains will be offered. The one that most reports will be excited about is the so-called Hybrid Max — we’ll get to that later.
Most versions of the Crown will likely come with the latest version of the Toyota Hybrid System (they call it the Toyota Hybrid System or THS) which combines a 2.5 litter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a new developed nickel-metal hydride batteries.
XLE and Limited trims use an all-wheel-drive system called E-Four AWD that sends 100 percent of the available power to the front wheels in normal driving or cruising situations. When needed it can change power between the front and rear wheels all the way up to Shifts 80% of the current drive torque to the rear. Toyota estimates this powertrain will hit 38 mpg on the EPA test cycle.
The Hybrid Max powertrain available only on the top Platinum trim produces a net 340 horsepower from a 2.4 litter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric drive. This is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and drives two electric motors. Toyota claims it will get 28 mpg is incorporated in the EPA cycle.
The front electric motor is part of the assembly that is connected to the engine along with the generator and power control unit. At the rear the electric motor is on the shaft.
The auto-maker says this “high-performance hybrid” system will always deliver power to all four wheels differently The front wheels account for 70% the rear wheels account for 30% the front wheels account for 20% and the rear wheels account for 80%.
2023 Toyota Crown Safety and Assistance Systems
The Crown will be one of Toyota and Lexus vehicles featuring the new Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 3.0 system based on the current TSS-P TSS 2.0 TSS 2.5 and TSS 2.5+ systems.
The standard system includes forward collision warning automatic emergency braking with pedestrian bicycle and motorcycle detection adaptive cruise control lane departure warning lane keep assist lane centring assist and automatic high beams.
Other standard safety features not part of the TSS include blind spot warning rear cross-traffic warning and rear seat reminder. When reversing the reversing camera overlays the projected path and dynamic grid lines on the image to help the driver position the crown.
2023 Toyota Crown Prices
According to Toyota Japan’s official website the official starting price of the 2023 Crown is 4,350,000 yen (tax included) which is equivalent to $31,399 at the current exchange rate. Prices for the top-of-the-line hybrid car start at 6,400,000 yen ($46,195).
The 2023 Toyota Crown is a full-size sedan that seats up to five people. It has standard front-wheel drive and an available all-wheel-drive system. The base engine is a 3.5 litter V6 with 300 horsepower. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Crown is available in two trim levels: the entry-level Crown Royal and the top-of-the-line Crown Athlete. Standard features include LED headlights keyless entry heated front seats and a sunroof.
Available features include navigation wireless smartphone charging and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Safety features include adaptive cruise control lane departure warning and automated emergency breaking. The 2023 Toyota Crown starts at $50,490.