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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2023 Toyota Crown Platinum

Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 5

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $52,350
Price as Tested: $55,068

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14.5
EPA City mpg29
EPA Highway mpg32
EPA Combined mpg30

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Toyota Crown midsize sedan, introduced in 2023, takes the place of the discontinued Avalon in Toyota's lineup. Both have similar dimensions, but the Crown is a much sportier-looking vehicle. It's available in 3 trim levels, all of which are equipped with a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. We tested the top-level Platinum trim, which has a more powerful, turbocharged drivetrain (340 hp) and a 6-speed transmission instead of a CVT. It delivers plenty of power but still gets decent fuel economy—rated by the EPA at 30 mpg in combined driving. The Crown's cabin is roomy, with good headroom and legroom in both rows. The adaptive variable suspension delivers a comfortable ride, and the steering provides good feedback and feel in everyday driving. Toyota's comprehensive Safety Sense 3.0 advanced safety features are standard, including Proactive Driving Assist, which anticipates curves or objects in the road and provides gentle steering and braking adjustments as needed. The cabin features dual-zone climate control with rear vents, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Negative assessments from the ARC staff were relatively few. Opinion was divided on the Crown's exterior design, a high deck limits visibility to the rear, and rear entry is impeded by the Crown's sloping roofline.

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Pros and Cons


  • Plenty of power from the turbocharged hybrid drivetrain
  • Adaptive variable suspension provides a comfortable ride
  • Good headroom and legroom both front and rear


  • Polarizing exterior design
  • Reduced rear visibility due to the high rear deck
  • Rear entry and exit are impeded by a sloping roofline

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4343.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 196.1 / 72.4 / 60.6
Wheelbase (in): 112.2
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
Front and rear tire size: 225/45 R21
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.4L I4 turbo Hybrid MAX
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 264 @ 6,000
Electric motor horsepower: front: 81 rear: 79
Combined system horsepower: 340

Test Data

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Handling: 6.89
Quality and Drivability: 6.67

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