The Toyota Crown Signia is the Ultimate Getaway Car

Move over, Venza. The Toyota Crown Signia is replacing the venerable mid-size crossover SUV, and this is not a Camry wagon. It dazzles with a stylish exterior, impressive safety technology, and sublime interior details.

The Toyota Crown Signia Is Stylish And Spacious. Photo Connie Peters
The Toyota Crown Signia is stylish and spacious. Photo: Connie Peters

Toyota Crown Signia, Take Me Away Like a Fabulous Spa Treatment

Hear me out, everyone. I have the perfect girl’s weekend getaway idea. Toyota has created a chic new SUV for 2025, the Toyota Crown Signia. It’s the ideal car for my besties and me to head to a nearby resort for much-needed respite and reconnection.

The Toyota Crown Signia SUV is incredibly unique looking with its monochromatic paint-colored front grille, sharp lighting, and modern face. This Storm Cloud Blue, which we first saw on the much bigger Grand Highlander, screams style on this Crown SUV. The interior on this top trim is reminiscent of a designer handbag with bronze accents and supple leather.

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I Love The Look Of The Toyota Crown Signia. Photo Connie Peters

I love the look of the Toyota Crown Signia. Photo Connie Peters

What is the Toyota Crown Signia?

Toyota brought back the Crown name for the sedan in 2023, and now it gets a taller, though not longer sibling with the Signia crossover SUV. It’s only two inches taller than the sedan, which already had an elevated ride height.

The Crown Signia is all hybrid with standard all-wheel drive and only offers two trims, XLE and Limited. It is a hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine plus two electric motors for both trims. That gets you 243 horsepower, 36 miles to the gallon, and a towing capacity of up to 2700 lbs.

What sets the two trims apart is not power but amenities. As I mentioned, the interior of the Limited gets my vote for its very luxe look and feel with leather, fixed panoramic glass roof, heated and vented front seats, digital key, and front and rear parking assist.

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Rich Palettes Anf Technical Conveniences Await The Driver In The Toyota Crown Signia Photo Connie Peters

Rich palettes and technical conveniences await the driver in the Toyota Crown Signia Photo: Connie Peters

Back to the Girl’s Getaway Car: Why the Signia?

This is what I imagine when I look at this car. We’re taking the Crown SUV to pick up my three besties, and we’re going to load up the cargo area with all the best charcuterie ingredients, our comfiest loungewear, and the cutest bathing suits. And we are going to tour the area in style in this car. Here’s how it can be done.

The interior can handle charging all of our devices at once, and my rear passengers are going to love the leg room, available panoramic fixed glass roof, and plush Saddle Tan leather seating. They’re all going to fawn over the bronze trim accents across the dashboard and gasp as I slip my phone into the wireless charging slot. And with the convenient flat-folding rear seats in a 60/40 split configuration using the unique extension panels, you get 6.5 feet to place golf clubs, sports equipment, luggage, or in my case, yoga mats and charcuterie ingredients for the weekend!

My co-pilot will use the 12.3” touch screen to navigate to our resort two hours out of the city.

There we’ll spend a couple of days nibbling on snacks, playing cards, going for walks, and sitting by the pool.

On our drive up to the resort, we get heavy rainfall, but the quiet cabin feels protective, and the standard all-wheel drive ensures we stick to the highway safely.

Honestly, it isn’t hard to imagine going to fabulous places and taking beloved people with you in this SUV.

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Toyota Crown Signia Side View Photo Connie Peters

Toyota Crown Signia side view. Photo: Connie Peters

Is the Future the Crown?

Yes, the new Crown Crossover SUV replaces the Venza in the Toyota SUV lineup.

Personally, I would like to see the Platinum Hybrid MAX engine that I had in the Toyota Crown test vehicle earlier this year come to the Crown Signia, as it doesn’t currently. It will be interesting to see if Toyota adds that in the future. It is more powerful, and I thoroughly enjoyed my week with the Crown Platinum Hybrid MAX.

Front View Of The Toyota Crown Signia Photo Connie Peters

Front view of the Toyota Crown Signia. Photo: Connie Peters

The Screens are Modern, Full Color and Crystal Clear

The Crown Signia SUV gets a full-color digital display for the driver that is 12.3 inches wide.

The media touchscreen is 12.3” and offers wireless Bluetooth connectivity with over-the-air updates for navigation. The Limited trim also gets an 11-speaker JBL audio system with a subwoofer, which is yet another reason I’m choosing this one.

A digital rearview mirror is standard on the top trim, and it helps you to see behind you much better, especially if your cargo area is full.

A 360°overhead view backup camera is also offered on the Limited trim.

The Monochromatic Grille On The Toyota Crown Signia Is Subtle And Pleasing. Photo Connie Peters

The monochromatic grille on the Toyota Crown Signia is subtle and pleasing. Photo: Connie Peters

Safety first

Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which is a suite of safety and driver assist technologies, is standard on both trims of the 2025 Toyota Crown Signia and includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Proactive Driving Assist

It also has additional features, such as a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Safe Exit Assist. An Advanced Technology package is also available on the Limited model and includes features like Panoramic View Monitor, Traffic Jam Assist, Front-Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist.

I like the functionality of the Traffic Jam Assist when equipped with the Limited Tech Package. Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) is a driver-assistance feature that uses cruise controls and other technologies in the car to ease the burden of the stressful stop-and-go of a traffic jam. It is the perfect complement to a weekend trip when you are a city dweller trying to fight traffic (on a supported roadway, like a highway) to get to the spa.

Safety Features Abound In The Toyota Crown Signia Photo Connie Peters

Safety features abound in the Toyota Crown Signia. Photo: Connie Peters

Sedan or SUV: Which One Are You Choosing?

When you shop for your next Toyota, and they say “Crown Sedan or Crossover SUV,” which one will you choose?

While I loved my week in the Crown Platinum Hybrid MAX, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this stylish new crossover. I’ll let you know if the Crown Insignia Hybrid is as amazing as I thought the top trim in the sedan was.

The Crown Signia will arrive in the Summer of 2024.

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Connie Peters is a mother of 3 girls in suburban Vancouver, Canada and has been an online entrepreneur since... More about Connie Peters