2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review: Good Where It Counts

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid used to have the three-row hybrid segment all to itself, but an influx of new models in the USA will soon add some stiff competition. Traditionally, the Ford Explorer Hybrid is seen as its main competitor, but its focus on performance greatly impacts fuel economy. This has left the door wide open for the 243-horsepower Toyota and its 36 mpg combined fuel consumption claim. Toyota can't offer the same sort of fun as Ford does, but you have to ask yourself whether it matters in this niche segment. The first of many new rivals to head its way was the Kia Sorento Hybrid, which has a claimed combined mileage figure of 37 mpg; a plug-in derivative of that car has also joined the lineup. Toyota can always rely on brand loyalists, but devotion will only get you so far if another brand offers a superior product.

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2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the Difference vs the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The Highlander Hybrid continues essentially in the same form as last year, but there is a new trim level called the Bronze Edition that fits in between the XLE and Limited hybrids in terms of price. As the name implies, the theme is bronze and it can be instantly distinguished from the rest of the Highlanders by its bronze 18-inch alloy wheels and door-sill protectors and the bronze detailing and stitching on its geometrically patterned seat upholstery. This model can only be had in three paint colors: Midnight Black, Wind Chill Pearl, or Cement. The last two are both new colors, but Cement is only available on the Bronze Edition. The Bronze Edition has its one unique list of premium features, including a hands-free liftgate, digital rear-view mirror, ten-way power driver's seat with memory, and rain-sensing wipers.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Loads of cargo capacity
  • Good-looking interior
  • Spacious first and second row
  • Plenty of standard safety features
  • The third row is cramped
  • Relatively expensive
  • Driving experience not the best

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2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$39,555
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$42,555
Hybrid Bronze Edition
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$43,880
Hybrid Limited
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$46,510
Hybrid Platinum
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$49,510

Highlander Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 194.9 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 68.1 in
  • Max Width 76.0 in
  • Front Width 65.3 in
  • Rear Width 65.4 in
  • Curb Weight 4,365.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Opulent Amber
  • Blueprint
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Moon Dust
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Celestial Silver Metallic

Highlander Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Highlander Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.4 in

Highlander Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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Highlander Hybrid Safety

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a Good SUV?

Whether the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a good SUV depends entirely on what your needs are. If you value performance, an engaging drive, and a dynamic exterior, the answer is no. Several SUVs for sale in the US cater to those specific needs. Oddly, there aren't many three-row SUVs with ultimate efficiency in mind. Ford's Explorer Hybrid uses its power plant for performance more than anything else, which means the Highlander has realistically competed in a segment of one until now. The arrival of the Kia Sorento Hybrid has mixed things up a bit, though. It's more affordable, and its advanced hybrid engine is even more efficient. Still, the Highlander has enough seating for eight people, while the Sorento can manage only six. Toyota's safety suite is impressive, too, but the all-new Sorento hits back with an equally impressive set of safety features from the base specification. Since this particular segment is about ultimate fuel efficiency, it remains an impressive SUV, but a review of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid shows that it is not as remarkable as it was last year when it had no competitors. Toyota is going to have to work harder to retain the top spot.

๐Ÿš˜What's the Price of the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The price of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid starts at $38,855 for the base model in FWD configuration, while the FWD XLE costs $41,855. The new Bronze Edition trim costs $43,880. Upgrading to AWD on any of these three trims adds $1,600 to the total price. Limited trims start at $45,810, while the top-spec Platinum will cost $49,010 - to add AWD to either of the top-end models requires a further $1,950, which puts the AWD Platinum at nearly $51k without other options. These prices are MSRP and exclude Toyota's destination charge of $1,215.

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