2022 Toyota Highlander

MSRP $34,960 Est.

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2022 Toyota Highlander Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular cars in the country. It’s a midsize 3-row SUV with a hybrid powertrain that delivers a high level of efficiency in the city as well as on the highway. The Highlander is perfect for your family. And you won’t have to compromise much upon the performance either. As a matter of fact, this Toyota SUV is also really fun to handle and drive, and it offers you decent fuel economy numbers too.

Since we know that the 2022 Highlander is going to be a carryover model of the 2021 version of the car, we are not expecting many changes to occur in the new version with respect to the engine, performance, or trim levels. The 6 trims offered by the Highlander are L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. 

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Pros

Driver-assist tech available along with great safety scores

Comfy and soft ride

Easy to handle and a great view of the outside

Power and performance is great from the V6 engine

Fuel economy figures are also great

Cons

Low-end torque is not sufficient 

Available third row isn’t good enough for adults

Cargo space is below average behind the 3rd-row seat.

What's New?

No major changes for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34960

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

295 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

263 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$34,960 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota Highlander in blizzard pearl color
blizzard pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Besides, the car is priced between $36,000 and $50,000. The XSE trim was newly added to the Highlander lineup in 2021. Besides this, you might see some shuffling happening between the features of the trims of the car. When it comes to the competition, the 2022 Toyota Highlander would be rivaling the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai Palisade, and the Ford Explorer.

2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Front View
2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Rear View

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota Highlander Features

The Highlander’s lineup will most likely remain the same from the 2021 model year since there are no major upcoming changes or redesign. Thus it shall be offered in 6 trims namely L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum.

Trim

L

LE

XLE

XSE

Limited

Platinum

Price

$34810

$37010

$39810

$41405

$43765

$46965

Features

295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 

In addition to L features:-

In addition to LE features:-

In addition to XLE features:-

In addition to XSE features:-

In addition to Limited features:-

 

8-Inch Toyota Entune 3.0 Touchscreen 

LED Foglights 

Power Moonroof 

20-Inch Alloy Wheels

LED Projector Headlights 

Panoramic View Moonroof 

 

Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control 

Power Liftgate 

Qi Wireless Charging System 

Twin-Tip Exhaust

Hands-Free Power Liftgate 

Heated Second-Row Captain’s Chairs 

   

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert 

Toyota SofTex Interior, 

Heated Front Seats 

Leather Interior Options 

Heated and Cooled Front Seats 

Bird’s Eye View Camera

We recommend

We would recommend picking the LE trim over the base model as it comes with more safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and LED fog lights for better visibility. If you want a more luxurious vehicle you can make do by going one level up with the XLE.

Price:

The 2022 Toyota Highlander, similar to its 2021 year model, is priced between $36,000 to $50,000. However, don’t put your bets upon it. The prices aren’t final or official. There aren’t many changes done to the car, so the MSRP range is bound to remain the same.

Release Date:

No official release date has yet been released by Toyota for the release of the 2022 Toyota Highlander. However, as per the fleeting rumors, we’d estimate that the SUV will arrive somewhere around Fall 2021.

2022 Toyota Highlander Engine and Performance

The Toyota Highlander offers a quite powerful base engine, which is the 3.5L V6 generating 295 horses. The numbers are not quite dramatic but they are good enough for your car to zoom around town. The 2.5L 4-cylinder engine comes mated to 2 electric motors for the hybrid version and offers excellent fuel efficiency. However, the hybrid version of the car can be seen separately; right now we should have our focus centered on the 3.5L V6 engine.

2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Engine Bay

The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain setup. If you’re up to fork out an additional $1600, you can get the all-wheel drivetrain upgrade that would make it completely worthy.The Highlander does have a power-packed engine but the driving bit lacks some engagement and interactiveness. The acceleration figures say that the car takes 6.7 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill. Those numbers are quite adequate for most revheads. But, you really can’t push this vehicle to more limits. The car rides smoothly, and so you’ll have to have a relaxing ride rather than a thrilling one.

Models

2022 Toyota Highlander

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$36,000 (est.)

$32,190

$32,525

$32,675

Engine

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

3.8L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

310 lb-ft. @ 3,500 RPM

While all the SUVs in the competition reflect similar performance outputs, the Ford Explorer leads a bit ahead of all due to its turbocharged engine. The Toyota Highlander follows its lead and lands in the second position. Not very far behind from it are both Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade that together share the third spot together.

2022 Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy

9.0/10

An area where Toyota cars don’t lack much is fuel efficiency. The Highlander does just the same. It returns 27 MPG on the highway; it’s something one doesn’t often hear about the midsize SUV segment. The NA V6 provides you some good figures to contemplate. The Highlander allows for a moderately-sized fuel tank having a capacity of 17 gallons. It results in a lower range. The hybrid version of the car is more efficient but that’s not something we’d be discussing right now.

Models

2022 Toyota Highlander

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

20

20

19

18

MPG (Highway)

27

26

26

24

MPG (Combined)

23

23

22

20

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

17.1

18.8

18.8

21.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

342/461/393

376/488/432

357/488/413

392/523/436

Both Highlander and Telluride are sharing the first spot offering the same combined mileage of 23 MPG. The Hyundai Palisade falls a little short and bags the second position amongst the group. The Explorer might be a powerful performer with its engine but not as economical as others in the group.

2022 Toyota Highlander Interior

8.0/10

The Highlander comes packed with 7-seats availability with the second-row captain's chairs. The front-row headroom is 39.9 inches, as compared to Ford Explorer's 40.7 inches, which is quite less. The second-row headroom is 39.4 inches which are less than Explorer’s 40.5 inches of headroom. The third-row headroom of the Highlander is 36.1 inches which are less than the Explorer’s 38.9 inches of headroom in the third row.

2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Dashboard

The front-row legroom of the Highlander measures 40.4 inches while the Explorer’s legroom is 43.0 inches. In the second-row legroom, the Highlander is at a benefit. It offers 41.0 inches of legroom which is more than the 39.0 inches that Explorer offers. The third-row legroom is much tighter. It has only 27.7 inches of legroom, which is quite less compared to Explorer’s 33.2 inches.

2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Front Row Seats

The exterior of the Highlander has a structure that might intrigue buyers, the interiors would certainly need something additional to peck up. The sad part is that no changes are expected to occur in the 2022 model of the car, and it will be seen with the same cabin as before. The cabin of the Highlander can adjust up to 7 adults. Compared to the 8-seater, the 7-seater is highly preferred by enthusiasts because it has comfy second-row seats.

The materials used for the construction of the interiors are top-notch. No quality compromise has been done. You’ll find the features to be exceptionally pleasant. The cargo space might not be that big behind the rear seats but if you need to carry more stuff along, you can always fold up the seats flat. The interiors, overall, are comfy and have room.

They don’t let you feel congested, except for the third row where only children can sit comfortably. Coming to cargo capacity; you’d get 16.0 cubic feet behind the third-row seat. After folding the third row, the cargo capacity increases to 48.4 cubic feet. The third and second rows both folded give you 84.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Models

2022 Toyota Highlander

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.4/59.0/40.4

39.5/61.6/41.4

39.3/61.2/44.1

40.7/61.8/43.0

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.1/58.4/41

38.8/59.9/42.4

38.8/60.8/42.4

40.5/61.9/39.0

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.1/55.0/27.7

37.8/55.3/31.4

37.2/55.2/31.4

38.9/54.6/32.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.0

21.0

18.0

18.2

The Highlander falls short against almost all of its mentioned rivals in terms of interior space.

2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Infotainment System

While both Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade offer comparatively better interior room than the Highlander, the Ford Explorer is leading the charts offering the highest interior passenger volume with an even more spacious seating area in all of its three rows. Major infotainment features are as follows:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa support
  • Five USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Wireless device charging, navigation 

2022 Toyota Highlander Exterior

7.0/10

The way Toyota has styled its Highlander’s exteriors is extremely fine and wonderful. The recent redesign doesn’t bring in many noticeable changes but it’s bound to stay for a while.

2022 Toyota Highlander SUV Left Side View

When the car was updated in 2020, it got better in terms of its curviness and polishing. If you’re not too keen on the exteriors of your car, you might excuse the disproportionate tires of the Highlander. However, most people would love the car as is.

Models

2022 Toyota Highlander

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,465

4,354

4,231

4,345

Length (inches)

194.9

196.9

196.1

198.8

Width (inches)

76.0

78.3

77.8

78.9

Height (inches)

68.1

69.3

68.9

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

8.0

7.9

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

112.2

114.2

114.2

119.1

The Highlander is the bulkiest in the group but has the shortest wheelbase. Though it has a lengthy body with wide enough dimensions, it provides a distinctive look to cope with all of its rivals in the group. Key exterior features include:-

  • Attractive sporty design
  • Auto leveling LED headlights
  • Optional twin-tip exhaust
  • 20-inch alloy wheels

2022 Toyota Highlander Safety

7.0/10

Due to obvious reasons, the upcoming model of the Toyota Highlander has not been tested for safety ratings by the NHTSA or IIHS. And as for its previous year model, the 2021 Highlander earned an amazing 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The XLE models also come with rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. And the Limited models come with automatic braking and front and rear parking assist. The Platinum models also get adaptive headlights with auto-leveling.

It was the best score possible, of course. The IIHS gave the car a 2020 Top Safety Pick + honor owing to the Highlander’s curve-adaptive LED headlights and similar equipment. If you sideline the headlights, the Highlander has earned a “Good” score in all its 6 crashworthiness tests. There are many available standard safety features in the model such as a:

  • Reverse camera, 
  • Eight airbags, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitor. 
  • Toyota’s Safety Sense package includes lane departure with steering assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection 
  • Full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, cyclist detection, and road sign recognition.

2022 Toyota Highlander Competition

6.0/10

2022 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Kia Telluride

One can’t ignore the number of awards and honors the Kia Telluride has won amongst the SUV segment. After all, the car offers a tech-packed package that makes the enthusiasts happy. It sure is an advanced SUV but it’s also a reasonable option.

2021 Kia Telluride

You won’t find many complaints with the Kia Telluride per se. And when it comes to performance, the Telluride does great there too. Though the Highlander isn’t very far behind. But when it comes to reliability, you may want to go for the 2022 Toyota Highlander.

2022 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Hyundai Palisade

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade and the 2022 Toyota Highlander are way too similar, perhaps because they come from the same parent. However, you’d find some points of comparison in both.

2021 Hyundai Palisade

While the Palisade comes out as expensive, the Telluride will be available at a cheaper cost. In fact, the Telluride also comes with lots of features and a supreme infotainment system. The Highlander, on the other hand, offers only great ride quality and better standard safety features.

2022 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The 2021 Ford Explorer has better performance but Highlander offers better fuel economy. Same way, Ford offers a spacious interior with a better cargo volume than the Highlander. Ford basically performs great everywhere. 

2021 Ford Explorer

Be it the driving experience, comfort, or driver assistance features, the Explorer comes with everything. The Explorer also offers more cargo space with seats folded. So, it’s a clear choice here!

2022 Toyota Highlander Final Verdict

The 2022 Toyota Highlander is undoubtedly a potential contender in the midsize SUV segment that is overtaken by the Korean auto market. The vehicle is highly reliable and capable of great-riding quality. But it somewhere lacks the comfort and feature front. Hyundai and Kia sure offer more. This is why it’s up to you what you choose in your car. All of Highlander’s competitors have their own merits and demerits. But if your priority is reliability, then Toyota would do great for you.

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