News: Will the 2023 Highlander’s turbo engine fit into the all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma?
Will the upcoming all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma use the 2.4-liter turbocharged I4 engine that now powers the 2023 Highlander SUV? At this point, it’s still speculation – but there are plenty of signs pointing to the possibility. Here are all the details about the 2023 Highlander engine with specs and fuel economy.
The updated 2023 Toyota Highlander SUV made its name this week. The newest Highlander ditches the 3.5-liter gasoline V6 in favor of a new 2.4-liter turbocharged I4. This turbocharged four-cylinder engine made its debut in the new 2022 Lexus NX crossover. Now, this engine is making its way into the updated Highlander. Horsepower figures are a bit different in the Highlander three-row crossover.
2023 Toyota Highlander
The 2.4-liter turbocharged I4 is rated at 265 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. While power is down significantly from the outgoing 3.5-liter V6 (it was 295 hp), torque is up about 17 percent (it was 263 lb-ft). Toyota says the power delivery from this new engine is very smooth, but we’ll have to wait to drive it to find out for ourselves. Toyota also claims that the new turbocharged engine offers a whopping 50% reduction in NOx and NMOG emissions compared to the old V6.
The new Highlander engine retains the same combined efficiency of 24 MPG as the old V6, according to Toyota. The Turbo Highlander also retains its 5,000 lbs. of maximum towing capacity. Toyota also offers a 1,500-watt inverter power outlet in the new Highlander on select trim levels. In the end, the new turbo engine offers more torque and better emissions, while maintaining the same efficiency and load capacity.
2024 Toyota Tacoma
The current Tacoma uses a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 very similar to that of the 2022 Highlander. It’s likely that Toyota will drop the V6 on many of its vehicle lines. That means the next Tacoma will also get a version of the new 2.4-liter I4 turbo. The Tacoma and Highlander don’t share the same platform, so the new engine will have to be adopted to live between the Tacoma’s spars.
If the next Tacoma will be turbocharged, hopefully that will improve the truck’s efficiency (by at least 1 MPG) over the V6. I hope it will keep at least the same load capacity while improving acceleration performance.