2022 Toyota Highlander Review

November 24 / 2021

2022 Toyota Highlander Review

The Toyota Highlander has been one of the unbeatable champions in the world of midsize SUVs. The company isn’t relenting as they have unveiled yet another trailblazing edition for 2022.

Let us see what it has to offer.


Kick starting with the exterior part, the Toyota Highlander comes with an impeccable and modern high-gloss finished design across all its grades. A wind-chill paint replaces the standard blizzard paint used in past models giving it a more luxurious feel. Not stopping there, all models come with a silvered trimmed roof rail.

Base models have an 18-inch wheel, while the XSE, Limited, and Platinum changes the trend with a 20 wheel alloy. Twin tip exhausts are also peculiar to these last top three models. When it comes to the headlights, they incorporated LED lighting and an LED fog light except on the base model (L). 


You can always count on Toyota to give you premium quality, a neat finish, and a nice color accent. Speaking of color, there are various options to choose from depending on the version. For example, the XLE comes in black, beige, and grey, while the Platinum level gives you a glazed caramel option. The seats are as comfortable as that of the base models when you do a straight comparison. 

If you are purchasing a highlander, chances are you are a family man/woman and space is non-negotiable. The second row has a decent space when compared to other rivals with a 41 inches legroom and 39 inches headroom. The third row is small compared to the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade with a 27.7 inches legroom but the second seats are adjustable to create more space. 

Heading to the cargo space, it comes with a 16 cubit feet space when seats are in place and 48.4 cubit feet when third-row seats are folded. 


The standard models come with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and 12.3 inches on limited and platinum fully equipped with apple car play, android auto, and Amazon Alexa integration for all models. The sound is great with a standard 6 speaker for all models except platinum which comes with a sleek JBL 11 speakers audio system.

There is a wireless charging space for your phone available on XLE and higher models. Toyota also included five standard USB ports upgraded for type-c cords.

Engine and Speed

The Highlander comes with a 3.5 liters V-6 engine creating 295 horsepower and 262-pound feet of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a front or all-wheel drive which attain 60mph in a seven seconds range. It sucks up the rough impacts of road bumps like a pro. Another cool thing about the V-6 is the calm power sound the engine makes. Its sound level is approximately 55.5 to 56.

EPA rating for V-6 AWD comes in with 20mpg city, 27mpg high way and 23 mpg when combined and 21mpg city, 29mpg highway, and 24mpg when combined for FWD

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Hybrid will be the best option. The 2.5-liter hybrid engine brags a 243 horsepower and electric motor. Well, the trade-off is acceleration. 

EPA rating is 36 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 30mpg when combined for FWD and 35 mpg city, 35mpg highway and 35 mpg when combined for AWD.


Toyota goes extra in ensuring proper safety systems. You have frontal collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, Driver initiated emergency steering assist, lane tracing assist, Auto-high headlight, and low-light pedestrian detection.

A noteworthy point is not all locksmiths can handle this high-end car. In case you decide to purchase this masterpiece design from Toyota, call Colorado Springs Locksmith for a customized security upgrade or car key replacement.

Best 2022 Highlander Model to Buy

Among the six families of the 2022 Highlander, the XLE will be the recommended model considering fuel efficiency, enhanced features, and interior design.

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