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October 16, 2023
Posted by Chloe Taylor

XSE Vs. Platinum: Which 2023 Toyota Highlander Fits My Lifestyle

The Toyota Highlander is a handsome mid-size family SUV that offers comfort, an array of desirable standard features, fuel-efficient powertrain options, and high-level trims with luxurious appointments.

Leasing the latest Toyota Highlander is smooth and easy until you have to choose a trim that suits your style and budget. This article compares the mid-range sporty XSE and the luxurious Platinum. Let’s see if there is a massive gap between the features you get on these trims.

XSE and Platinum

The 2023 Toyota Highlander comes in various trims and offers two engine options. The default engine is a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that hooks up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 265 horses and 310 lb-ft of torque. Shoppers seeking to save gas money can opt for the available hybrid that comprises a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors. This arrangement is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and churns out 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Both powertrains can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive.


The Highlander has a broad range of trim levels, and the XSE is somewhere around the middle of the range. The XSE’s unique sports styling sets it apart from the rest of the lineup. Its highlights are a slew of sporty mechanical enhancements and a sportier exterior with a revamped grille, lights, and front fascia. It gets all the standard features from lower trims and the following unique standard features.

  • Sport-tuned independent MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar; trailing-wishbone suspension
  • Rear lower bumper in gray metallic finish with chrome-plated lower spoiler trim
  • Twin-tip exhaust
  • Black mesh front grille with sporty front bumper and lower spoiler
  • LED projector headlights with black accents and LED-strip daytime running lights
  • 20-inch black alloy wheels
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Available Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive with Driveline Disconnect
  • Downhill Assist Control

While the Platinum model can be outfitted with the available hybrid powertrain, the XSE can only be had with the turbo-four.


The Platinum is the top-spec trim, and it gets the best standard features from the Limited trim and other lower trims. These features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, ornamental dash trim and faux wood door trim, an 11-Speaker JBL, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with wireless Apple CarPlay. Here are some highlights of the Highlander Platinum.

  • Rear lower bumper in silver finish
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear bumper scuff plate
  • Illuminated front doorsill metal scuff plate
  • Leather-trimmed front- and second-row seats; heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second row
  • Digital rearview mirror with HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • 10-inch Head-up display
  • Panoramic View Monitor

No matter which Highlander model you opt for, you get identical performance, ride quality, and essential features. To lease the family-friendly Toyota at the lowest possible prices, VIP Auto Lease has got you covered. We assure you of a fast, stress-free lease process and robust client support.

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