• Toyota Updates the Highlander for 2022, But Is It Enough?

  • Toyota has built off the XLE trim to give us the Bronze Edition.
  • The Toyota Highlander has been a popular family hauler for years.
  • Bronze wheels are one of the exclusives for the new trim level.
  • The other exclusives include bronze accents both inside and out.
  • There are two powertrains available for the Highlander.
  • One of the powertrains is a 3.5-liter V-6 with 295 horsepower and 263lb-ft of torque.
  • The V-6 versions are able to tow up to 5,000lbs.
  • The other powertrain option is a hybrid with a 2.5-liter 4 cylinder and two electric motors with a total of 243 horsepower.
  • The hybrid version is rated to get 36 combined MPG and tow 3,500lbs.
  • The hybrid version are exclusively sold in AWD, but the V-6 can be had in either AWD or FWD.
  • The Bronze Edition is a new trim level for 2022.
  • The Bronze edition builds off the older and popular XLE trim.
  • The starting price for the Bronze Edition is $43,880.
  • The Highlander comes with Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of safety equipment.
  • Included in Toyota Safety Sense is a pre-collision system that can better detect pedestrians in an intersection.
  • There are nearly two-dozen versions of the new Highlander.
  • The XSE trim level comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.
  • There is an option to have a 1,200 Watt 11-speaker sound system from JBL.
  • Toyota offers several warranty options for the New Highlander.
  • It is offered with a 36-month/36,000 mile warranty.
  • A 60-month/60,000 mile warranty is also offered.
  • An eight-year/100,000 mile warranty is also offered.
  • The Bronze Edition also comes with exclusives like rain-sensing wipers, and an automatic lift-gate.
  • The Bronze Edition also comes with 1,500 Watt outlets, a digital rear-view mirror, and a 10-way memory driver's seat.
  • The Highlander also comes with ToyotaCare.
  • ToyotaCare covers all factory scheduled maintenance dor two years/25,000 miles.

Is this just a bunch of additions to make it look better on a spreadsheet, or real improvements?

The Toyota Highlander has been a titan of sales to soccer moms and families for years. Now, there is a new version of the Highlander, the Bronze Edition, starting at $43,880.

Toyota Updates the Highlander for 2022, But Is It Enough?
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The Bronze Edition also comes with 1,500 Watt outlets, a digital rear-view mirror, and a 10-way memory driver’s seat.

Bronze edition exclusives and other standard equipment

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The Bronze edition is new for 2022 and builds off the popular XLE Hybrid trim. Some exclusives for the Bronze Edition are Cement color paint, 18-inch bronze wheels, bronze interior stitching, illuminated door sills, and unique floor mats and seats.

Standard equipment for the Bronze Edition includes an automatic power-lift gate, rain-sensing wipers, puddle lamps, 1500 Watt outlets, a 10-way memory driver’s seat, ambient lighting, and a digital rear-view mirror.

The XSE trim and those above it come standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa, as well as the option for a 1,200 Watt 11-speaker sound system from JBL.

Safety tech

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The Highlander comes with Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of safety equipment.

The 2022 Highlander will come standard with "Toyota Safety Sense," or a suite of safety tech. This suite, of course, includes several systems that do various things.

The pre-collision system that focuses on detecting pedestrians has been programmed to work better at intersections. In addition, the suite will also include road sign assist, "Dynamic Radar Cruise Control," every lane-keeping assist feature available, and automatic high beams.

The Highlander also has a birds-eye view display that can show the entire car and its surroundings to give the driver a better sense of where everything is. As well as 8 airbags, several of which are win the side curtains.

Driving and power

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Included in Toyota Safety Sense is a pre-collision system that can better detect pedestrians in an intersection.

One of the drivetrains is a 3.5-liter V-6 that is capable of 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque with VVT-I mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

With the V-6 equipped, the Highlander is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The other option is the hybrid, which is the only option for the Bronze Edition. That power train is comprised of a DOHC 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and two electric motors with a combined output of 243 horsepower. The hybrid is rated at 36 combined MPG and 3,500lb towing capacity. Toyota claims the battery is small enough to fit under the rear seats and does not eat up any interior space.

The V-6 models can be had with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, whereas the hybrid versions are exclusively offered with all-wheel-drive. That all-wheel-drive system is torque vectoring and can send up to 50% of the power to the rear.

Trim levels and pricing

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Toyota offers several warranty options for the New Highlander.

The base Highlander, the L, starts at $35,205 for the FWD version, and the top trim level, the Hybrid Platinum, starts at $50,960 for the AWD version

2022 Toyota Highlander prices
Highlander L $35,205 FWD/$36,805 AWD
Highlander LE $37,405 FWD/$39,005 AWD
Highlander XLE $40,405 FWD/$42,005 AWD
Highlander XSE $42,00 FWD/$43,950 AWD
Highlander Limited $44,360 FWD/$46,310 AWD
Highlander Platinum $47,560 FWD/$49,510 AWD
Highlander Hybrid LE $38,855 FWD/$40,455 AWD
Highlander Hybrid XLE $41,855 FWD/$43,455 AWD
Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition $43,880 FWD/$45,480 AWD
Highlander Hybrid Limited $45,810 FWD/$47,760 AWD
Highlander Hybrid Platinum $49,010 FWD/$50,960 AWD

Warranty and Maintenance

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There is an option to have a 1,200 Watt 11-speaker sound system from JBL.

As this is a Toyota SUV, it will more than likely be quite reliable. However, Toyota still offers several warranties for the Highlander.

There is a 36-month/36,000 mile warranty covering all components, a 60,000-mile warranty covers the powertrain and a 60-month warranty covers all corrosion with no mileage limit. Components necessary for the hybrid system are covered for defects for 8-years/100,000 miles. Additionally, The battery itself is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles.

ToyotaCare is also available which covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance with unlimited milage.

Source: Toyota.com

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