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How 2023 Toyota Crown REALLY Drives (with Video)

The surprising truth about my 2023 Toyota Crown driving impressions.


I recently had the opportunity to spend quality time behind the wheel of the all-new 2023 Crown. And for me this was an experience I have been waiting to have for months.

You see, Toyota Crown is right at the top of my “next car purchase” wish list. Would this be a good new vehicle to transition from my current 2021 Venza Limited? A test drive would help confirm or reject my question for sure.

My ideal 2023 Crown is a Limited in Oxygen White with Macadamia interior.

That being said, let’s see how Crown Limited drives.

2023 Toyota Crown Engine
2023 Toyota Crown Platinum Supersonic Red profile view

Toyota Crown is a premium, full-size sedan that is offered in three trim levels – XLE, Limited, and Platinum.

Crown XLE and Limited feature the Toyota Hybrid System powertrain. This utilizes a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine with electric motor power, producing 236 net horsepower and 163 lb.-ft. torque. It is matched with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT).

For those looking for a more adrenaline-filled ride, perhaps consider 2023 Toyota Crown Platinum with HYBRID MAX. This produces a whopping 340 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. torque. Look for a 2.4-liter inline turbocharged 4-cylinder engine matched with a direct shift 6-speed automatic transmission.

Looking at acceleration numbers? Crown XLE and Limited have 0-60 times of 7.6 seconds, while Crown Platinum achieves this in 5.7 seconds.

2023 Crown Test Drive

I made a Toyota Crown driving impressions video with my friend (and popular YouTuber) Kirk Kreifels. You can find it here or at my “ToyotaJeff Reviews” YouTube channel.

My evaluator vehicle was a 2023 Toyota Crown Limited with Black paint color and Macadamia interior.

This drive was mainly on the highway, which is what I was wanting to test. I found Crown to have surprising quietness, smoothness, and a cabin comfort level that was what I was hoping it would be.

Speeding up on my first highway on-ramp was swift and smooth. Considering this was the lesser of the two engine types, I was actually surprised at its acceleration power.

Wind and road noise was minimal, although you could hear minor wind noise coming off the side mirrors. One feature I really appreciated was standard acoustic noise-reducing windshield and driver and passenger front windows. This is factory equipped on all three grades. Even at speeds above 70mph, Toyota Crown was quiet.

I also found the multi-link suspension allows Toyota Crown to ride smooth with a soft feel, especially on city streets when going over speed bumps or uneven pavement.

Time for Your Toyota Crown Comments
2023 Toyota Crown Platinum interior black leather seats

Even though Toyota Crown will be marketed by Toyota as a premium full-size sedan, I could not help but feel the crossover vibes. Ride height is at 60.6 inches, which is nearly four inches higher than popular Toyota Camry. I found it easy both to get into and get out of Crown.

What are your first impressions of 2023 Toyota Crown? Do you think you would drive a Toyota Crown? If so, what trim level of 2023 Crown would you choose?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story.

Jeff Teague - I have been involved in the auto industry for nearly 20 years. I enjoy learning and sharing the most up-to-date news and information. My other talent is creating informative and entertaining automotive videos. I’ve been building and growing my Toyota YouTube channel “Toyotajeff” for the last 5 years. I take pride in delivering informative automotive news, how-to information, and reviews. My background serves me well with my writing. I hope you enjoy the news I bring you. Follow me on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and send me news tips please.