2023 Toyota Crown Limited - a blast from the past but much better looking!
The new Crown doesn't have a lumbering I6 under the hood (thankfully) and it is way better looking. In fact I think the Crown is the best looking Toyota right now.
I really wish auto companies would stop making gear selection so complex. Once upon a time there was a shift lever with PRNDL; it was one lever. The Crown's system isn't the most complicated I've encountered but there are at least two controls, a lever for Reverse and Drive, and a button for Park. Yeah I know, I'm old.
One upside and one downside of the 5.8" of ground clearance is that the Crown's front seats were at butt level but on the other hand the visual is that it sits too high. I'll take the visual just so I can get in and out smoothly.
The monochromatic interior had subtle white accents that I liked. There was too much hard plastic though; so many other vehicles use soft vinyl that the hard stuff stood out.
The instrument cluster was fairly standard for a hybrid - Speedo on the right (and a digital readout dead center), with a gauge on the left to let you know just how economical your driving is.
There was plenty of room in the rear seat for adults but once again the center seat would be the last place I'd want to sit. There is the almost required fold down center armrest that turns the Crown into a four passenger car.
There is 15.2 cubic feet of storage in the trunk and that can be increased if the rear seats are folded down.