2022 Toyota Highlander Review, Ratings, hybrid, Specs, Prices, and Pictures

The Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover SUV with standard all-wheel drive. It’s available in gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions. The gas model has a 295-horsepower V6 engine and seats up to eight people. The hybrid gets 36 mpg combined and can seat seven. The plug-in hybrid has a 26-mile electric range and also seats seven. The Highlander it’s more powerful than 2022 Honda Passport , 2022 Kia Stinger .

A new Hybrid Bronze Edition model joins the line-up and comes in either Cement or Wind Chill Pearl exterior paint and a set of cool 18-inch bronze wheels. The cabin also features some unique design elements in the form of geometric pattern trim with bronze detailing and lighting Bronze sill guards. Elsewhere, XLE and higher trims now feature height-adjustable power seats for front passengers. Otherwise, the Highlander will carry over into 2022 with no other changes.

2022 Toyota Highlander Review

2022 Toyota Highlander Review
2022 Toyota Highlander Review

The Highlander gets high marks for its superior comfort and above-average fuel economy. It feels confident on winding roads and its responsive acceleration is useful for driving around town. Long drives are also comfortable. But the third row of the Highlander is Limit and fall below the mark set by the top players in the segment.

We also like the smooth ride quality of the Highlander’s comfortable seats and powerful V6 engine. But this Toyota is hampered by cramped third-row seats and less cargo space behind those seats.

If cargo space is a priority it’s worth checking out the impressive Kia Telluride (and related Hyundai Palisade) and Honda Pilot or Volkswagen Atlas. Still interested? Check out our expert ratings below for an in-depth look at the Highlander’s ups and downs.

2022 Toyota Highlander Redesign

2022 Toyota Highlander Redesign
2022 Toyota Highlander hybrid

After a complete redesign for the 2020 model year the Toyota Highlander will enter the 2022 model year largely unchanged. It’s Toyota’s three-row crossover SUV which is larger than the RAV4 but not as bulky as the brand’s truck-based Sequoia SUV. Highlander Easy-going road manners should easily satisfy most buyers.

We also like the smooth ride quality of the Highlander’s comfortable seats and powerful V6 engine. But this Toyota is hampered by cramped third-row seats and less cargo space behind those seats.

If cargo space is a priority it’s worth checking out the impressive Kia Telluride (and related Hyundai Palisade) and Honda Pilot or Volkswagen Atlas. Still interested? Check out our expert ratings below for an in-depth look at the Highlander’s ups and downs.

2022 Toyota Highlander Engines and Performance

The Highlander comes with a 295-horsepower 3.5 litter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. In a brief test drive we found that the V-6 handled shorter uphills with ease.

2022 Toyota Highlander Engines
2022 Toyota Highlander Performance

On our test track our all-wheel drive test car hit 60 mph In a fairly quick 6.7 seconds. Handling is bland but stable perfect for family driver duties. A 2.5 litter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors combine to deliver a combined 243 horsepower in the Highlander Hybrid.

The model comes with a continuously variable automatic Transmission (CVT) and the choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Leveraging Toyota’s hybrid expertise this powertrain offers buyers a more fuel-efficient offering than the standard model.

Due to the lower power rating of hybrids there is a trade-off in acceleration performance And the fact that this model uses a CVT instead of the non-hybrid eight-speed automatic transmission. On our test track the hybrid hit 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Interior

2022 Toyota Highlander Interior
2022 Toyota Highlander Interior

Base L and mid-range LE models can accommodate eight passengers using bench seats in the second and third rows but a seven-seat arrangement with second-row captain’s chairs is available on higher trims. Passenger space here is more spacious than the CX-9 but not as spacious as the Chevrolet Especially across the third row.

Materials throughout the cabin are vastly improved over those of the previous-generation Highlander. The Upscale Limited and Platinum models offer the most creature comforts, but they fall short when compared to what the Palisade or Telluride offer. Goods The area behind the third row can only accommodate four carry-on luggage

We rate the Highlander’s exterior visibility highly. The front roof struts are thin to help you see around corners. Some of the Highlander’s available tech features also help like a camera-based mirror that lets you see behind you even when you’re fully loaded in the cargo area. The available surround-view camera system is sharp enough to rotate to look around the vehicle.

2022 Toyota Highlander Comfort

2022 Toyota Highlander Comfort

The Highlander’s ride quality is pleasant. Road imperfections large and small are smoothed out thanks to the compliant suspension, but it avoids feeling floating or disconnected at high speeds.

The front seats are very comfortable even on long drives and the available second row Captain’s chairs offer almost the same level of comfort. Alas, third-row seating is one of the Highlander’s biggest burdens. Thin padding very low seat cushions and cramped space make them unsuitable for adults.

Wind noise on the highway is well muted and road noise is minimal. Our test Highlander did make a slight squeak at the top of the driver’s door.

2022 Toyota Highlander Technology

Toyota has fallen behind other manufacturers in technology in recent years. This latest-generation Highlander has come a long way in the right direction, but it still has some shortcomings.

The optional 12.3-inch touchscreen is large (8-inch screen is standard) it responds quickly to input but Reflections on the surface make using it harder than it should be. Our Highlander Platinum test car had five USB charging ports in the first and second rows but not the third.

All Highlanders come standard with a full suite of advanced driver aids. Among other things we like the adaptive cruise control, but we found the lane departure warning a little too sensitive in standard mode and not enough in low mode.

2022 Toyota Highlander Storage

2022 Toyota Highlander Storage
2022 Toyota Highlander Storage

Cargo space is a bit mixed with the Highlander. There’s only 16 cubic feet of space behind the third row which is tiny for a class. Behind the second row it expands to an above-average 48.4 cubic feet. Lift height is about average for a midsized SUV.

As for cabin storage there are generously sized pockets and cup holders as well as two shelves built into the dash (one of which also has a clever phone cable holder). Since the wireless phone charger is in the centre armrest box you have to flip it up to access the space below that some may find inconvenient.

For The kids

The large rear-facing car seats in the second row will be easily accommodated in the second row thanks to plenty of fore and aft movement of the available captain’s seats. Car seat anchors are also easy to locate and access all types of child safety seats, although the third does not have an anchor Row.

2022 Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy

The EPA estimates front-wheel-drive models of the all-wheel-drive Highlander return 23 mpg (20 city/27 highway) and a slightly better 24 mpg (21 city/29 highway). It doesn’t seem like a huge advantage over the competition only a 1 or 2 mpg difference, but it means a lot to the vehicle category.

On our 115-mile highway reassessment route we hit 24.7 mpg which suggests the EPA estimate should be achievable. Notably the Highlander Hybrid is expected to return 36 mpg.

2022 Toyota Highlander Safety

2022 Toyota Highlander Safety

In the same way Toyota does the Highlander offers a standard suite of driver-assistance features. The package includes adaptive cruise control lane-keep assist with automatic emergency braking headlights with pedestrian detection and automatic high beams.

More about the Highlander Crash test results are available on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHS) websites. Key security features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist

2022 Toyota Highlander Value

Generally speaking the Highlander is a bit more expensive than its closest competitors, and you don’t get as many standard features. In terms of quality interior materials are only average compared to those used in top SUVs in this class.

2022 Toyota Highlander Prices

In our opinion the midrange is the best option. It features details like heated front seats a wireless smartphone charging pad and a power sunroof. We’d also like to buy the Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation package which brings in-dash navigation and an upgraded stereo system.

2022 Toyota Highlander Prices
2022 Toyota Highlander Prices

All-wheel drive will add $1600 to the bottom line. Opting for a hybrid powertrain with the standard V-6 will cost an extra $1,400.

Toyota’s warranty coverage is pretty common for classes with three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. Toyota provides scheduled maintenance for the first two years free of charge.

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