The Toyota Highlander 2022 is expected to get only minor updates. Toyota redesigned the Highlander in 2020, a drastic change from the previous version. Is Toyota redesigning the Highlander for next year? I don’t think so, maybe just a minor facelift.
The Toyota Highlander is a medium-sized SUV and is Toyota’s flagship car. This handsome SUV has three rows of seating and spacious cargo space, making it perfect for your family car. Moreover, there are many new features that you can enjoy in the 2022 Toyota Highlander.
A four-cylinder hybrid on this car also makes the driver and passenger more comfortable in this car. There are many driver assistance features, so driving this car becomes safer and more convenient. If you want to know more about this car, let’s check the complete review below.
2022 Toyota Highlander Redesign Exterior
As I said earlier, 2022 Highlander will not get significant changes. This happens because, in the 2021 model, there has been a very aggressive update in the exterior sector.
A lower spoiler, a new grille that seems inspired by the New RAV4, and 20-inch wheels make it look much sportier than the previous version.
There are eight color variants to choose from, including:
- Moon Dust
- Blizzard Pearl
- Magnetic Gray Metallic
- Celestial Silver Metallic
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Ruby Flare Pearl
- Opulent Amber ( my favorite one 😀 )
|Shoulder room w/o shade||59.0/58.7/55.0|
|Ramp breakover angle||16.7|
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
This car is very sophisticated because it has 295-hp with a 3.5 liter V-6. Besides, this car is also equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission for all wheels and the front drive.
You will be comfortable driving using this car because this car is stable. Therefore, this car is also very suitable for you as a family car. However, in the previous generation Toyota Highlander, driving enjoyment is not too high. Therefore, many people hope that this car is more comfortable to drive.
This Toyota mid-size is pretty strong. It can tow up to 3000 lbs; even the Hybrid XLE can tow up to 5000 pounds.
2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Powertrain
The hybrid powertrain in this car has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Therefore, this car is capable of producing 243 horsepower. Apart from that, this car also comes with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.
With the hybrid powertrain, fuel in this car is also more efficient than in the standard model. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that this car will experience a tradeoff in acceleration performance.
This happens because of 2 possibilities; the first thing is the lower horsepower rating. The second thing is because this car model uses a CVT instead of the nonhybrid eight-speed automatic.
EPA estimates that this car can produce up to 29 mpg on the highway using the front-wheel drive. As for the all-while drive model, it will produce up to 27 mpg on the road.
Hybrid models can produce 35 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg in the city. 2022 Toyota Highlander can deliver 28 mpg on the 200-mile highway fuel-efficient route.
2022 Toyota Highlander Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Many people expect that this car has a new, more stylish, and more modern interior appearance. This is due to a significant change in exterior style in the latest generation Toyota Highlander.
For the base L model and the mid-range LE, this car can accommodate up to eight passengers. So, this car has bench seats in the second and third rows; however, for the arrangement of seven seats with two places in the second row only on the higher models.
Passenger space in this car is quite spacious, both in the second row and in the third row, and you get a captain seat on the second row. The interior materials in this car are far better than the previous generation.
However, if you want to feel more comfortable, you can only feel it in Upscale Limited and Platinum models. Fortunately, the cargo area behind the third row is quite broad, two cubics wider than the previous generation of the Toyota Highlander.
Infotainment and Connectivity
This car has an infotainment system with an 8.0-inch screen on a standard model. However, the Limited and Platinum models have a larger infotainment system screen, which is 12.3 inches. 2022 Toyota Highlander has a JBL 11-speaker audio system.
Then, all models also have SiriusXM satellite radio and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots. Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are also available for all models.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
You need to pay attention to safety features if you want to buy a car, especially your family car. However, you don’t need to worry if you have the latest generation Toyota Highlander to become your family car. This is because this car has full safety features and is also sophisticated for the vehicle in its class.
There is a set of standard driver assistance features to ensure driver safety. For example, it namely automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. Then, there are also features of lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlamps.
For the current model, there are nine variants that you can choose from, with adjusting prices and features. The L model is the lowest of the nine models, and Platinum is the highest model. You can see it more fully in the table below
Pricing and Release Date
Toyota has not yet announced how much the price of this car. However, some parties think that the price is not too far from the previous generation Toyota Highlander. Therefore, the estimated cost of the L model is $34,600, and the LE model is $36,800.
As for the upscale model, such as the Limited model, the estimated price is $43,650, Limited Hybrid $45,050, and Platinum is $46,850. Then, Toyota also hasn’t informed when the car will be released. Therefore, you should stay tuned to the Toyota website to get the official information.
Toyota provides a warranty on Highlander. The details are quite varied. you can see in the table below
|Basic Warranty||36 months/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain||60 months/60,000 miles|
|Corrosion Perforation||60 months/unlimited miles|
|Restraint Systems||60 months/60,000 miles|
|Hybrid System||96 months/100,000 miles|
|Hybrid Battery||120 months/150,000 miles|
That’s the complete review of the 2022 Toyota Highlander that you can make as a reference. Because this car has many new features and ample cabin space and cargo, you can choose this car as your family car. Moreover, you will feel comfortable and safe if you drive using this car.