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2022 Toyota Highlander Review: Specs and Pricing

2022 Toyota Highlander


The 2022 Toyota Highlander is a family SUV with its eye on the mid-size prize. It is practical, comfy, and fashionable. This three-row car has a lot to offer and can be configured in several ways to appeal to as many people as possible. The Highlander is one of the few three-row SUVs with an available hybrid system, even though the standard engine is a V-6; both powertrains can be ordered with either front- or all-wheel drive.

With the Highlander, Toyota has also taken the value-oriented way by including appealing infotainment and driver-assistance systems as standard across the entire lineup. Choose one of the Highlander's ritzier models to experience a more opulent interior that comes close to matching what a Lexus-branded SUV has to offer.

The absence is a lack of driver involvement. Although the Highlander has a pleasant ride and passable acceleration, it doesn't have the same driving enthusiasm as competitors like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and Mazda CX-9.

What has changed for 2022?

A brand-new Hybrid Bronze Edition model has been added to the roster. It has stylish 18-inch bronze-colored wheels and an exterior paint job in Cement or Wind Chill Pearl. Additionally, the cabin receives some distinctive design components in the shape of illuminated bronze-colored doorsill guards and upholstery with geometric patterns and bronze-colored details. In addition, the front passenger's power seat is now height-adjustable on XLE and higher grades. Other than that, The Highlander will remain the same in 2022.

Which one to purchase?

The best vehicle overall, in our opinion, is the intermediate XLE. It boasts a motorized sunroof, wireless smartphone charging pad, and heated front seats among other conveniences. We'd also invest in the Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation package, which includes improved stereo and in-dash navigation. The cost of an all-wheel drive will increase by $1600. Additionally, the hybrid powertrain will cost $1400 more than the normal V-6.

2022 Toyota Highlander: Engine and Performance

The Highlander has a front- or all-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 295 horsepower that works with an eight-speed automated transmission. Our all-wheel-drive test vehicle reached 60 mph at our test track in a respectably quick 6.7 seconds, and we discovered during a brief test drive that the V-6 could handle short on-ramps without exerting itself. The ride is excellent for serving as the family chauffeur because of its boring but stable handling.

The Highlander Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors working together to provide 243 horsepower. This variant offers both front- and all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This powertrain offers customers something more fuel-efficient than the conventional model by utilizing Toyota's hybrid technology.

The hybrid's lower horsepower rating plus the fact that this model employs a CVT rather than the nonhybrid's eight-speed automatic transmission cause a trade-off in acceleration performance. The hybrid vehicle reached 60 mph on our test track in 7.3 seconds. Potential customers in this market may be aware that the Ford Explorer is also available in a hybrid version. But if you compare the fuel efficiency of different Utes, the Toyota comes out on top.

2022 Toyota Highlander: Pricing

The 2022 Toyota Highlander starts at $35,855 for the base L trim and can reach nearly $50,000 when fully loaded. It comes in various trims like L, LE, XLE, and Platinum, with both gasoline and hybrid powertrain options. The most affordable option is the L trim with a gasoline engine, while the most expensive is the Hybrid Platinum.

2022 Toyota Highlander: Interior and Comfort

Bench seats in the second and third rows can accommodate eight people in base L and intermediate LE models, but higher trims offer a seven-seat configuration with second-row captain's chairs. Although there is more room than in the CX-9, especially in the third row, it is not as large as in the Chevrolet Traverse. The cabin's materials have been improved from the Highlander of the previous generation. The most luxuries are supplied by the upscale Limited and Platinum models, although they fall short when compared to the features offered by the Palisade or Telluride. Only four carry-on luggage could fit in the cargo area behind the third row, compared to six in the Traverse.

2022 Toyota Highlander: Connectivity

Most trims come with an 8.0-inch infotainment system as standard, while the Highlander Limited and Platinum have a 12.3-inch screen. There is a JBL 11-speaker audio system available. For all models, Toyota offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity in addition to Sirius XM satellite radio and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

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