The 2023 Toyota Crown is a love-it-or-hate-it replacement for the Toyota Avalon sedan in the automaker’s lineup. However, the Crown is more than a direct successor to the Avalon nameplate. Check out a few ways the Toyota model is a stark departure from the now-discontinued large car model it replaced, the 2022 Avalon.
The 2023 Toyota Crown is an all-new hiked-up replacement for the now-discontinued 2022 Toyota Avalon. While the Crown’s four-door, liftback platform might not seem like a substantial departure from the industry standard, the new model’s hybrid-only, all-wheel drive (AWD), large car platform is new for the automaker.
In addition to a definition-bending ride height, the Crown packs hybrid powerplants with as much as 340 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. At the Platinum trim, the Crown makes its considerable power courtesy of the Hybrid Max system: a turbocharged 2.4L inline four-cylinder mill with two supporting electric motors. Looking up front, a 61 kW electric motor assists front wheel motion, while a 58.6 kW motor rear motor assists the rear wheels, per TrueCar.
Moreover, the non-luxury badged large car segment is nearly gone in the U.S.; the 2023 Crown, whether it’s called a short crossover or tall sedan, is in a dwindling market. Specifically, the Crown operates in a segment alongside the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and Nissan Maxima, none of which will make it to the 2024 model year in their current form.
The 2023 Toyota Crown gets around 42 mpg city and 41 mpg highway in the XLE and Limited trims. While the 2.5L hybrid inline four-cylinder models have commendable fuel economy for a lifted sedan, it’s still around two mpg shy of the now-discontinued 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE.
However, the 340-horsepower Platinum trim swaps power and torque for fuel economy. A turbocharged 2.4L Platinum model will get around 29 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, over 10 mpg less than the lower-trim Crown models.
The Toyota Crown is a larger car than the Camry in every metric.
One of the 2023 Toyota Crown’s claims to fame is its lifted ride height, somewhere between a sedan in heels and a crossover that stunted its growth with junk food. Specifically, the Crown is around four inches taller than the now-discontinued Avalon.MotorBiscuit 2023-06-04T15:59:32Z dg43tfdfdgfd