The Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover that is larger than the brand’s top-selling RAV4 but not quite as large as its truck-based Sequoia. The Highlander can seat either seven or eight and provides ample cargo space all while delivering one of the smoothest rides in the class. The current fourth Highlander generation was introduced with the 2020 model year and has been a great success. The 2022 Toyota Highlander therefore does not arrive at Taylor Toyota of Hermitage with any substantial changes. Toyota has instead focused on adding new options and refining the features that were already available. Choice is a big part of what makes the Highlander so popular. Customers in and near Hubbard Youngstown Warren New Castle can choose between either a standard or hybrid powertrain, and Toyota offers six core trim levels—L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, Platinum—in addition to a Bronze Edition.
The 2022 Toyota Highlander near Youngstown is 197.4 inches long, which is just about 16.5 feet. The wheelbase is 112.2 inches. Ground clearance is 8 inches. The height of the Highlander without roof rails is 68.1 inches, and the width without outside mirrors is 76.0 inches. The base model has 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and heated outside mirrors. The LE model adds fog lamps and a height-adjustable power liftgate. The XLE adds roof rails. The XSE adds 20-inch wheels and sporty styling cues that are unique to it. The Limited adds a hands-free power liftgate and front and rear parking sensors, and the range-topping Platinum adds automatic windshield wipers and adaptive headlamps. The Bronze Edition is the Hybrid alternative to the XSE and feature special bronze wheels and other elements.
Your 2022 Toyota Highlander near Youngstown can seat up to eight in a 2-3-3 configuration, but many customers at Taylor Toyota of Hermitage will opt for the second-row captain’s chairs and thus seating for seven in a 2-2-3 configuration. Spaciousness is the same regardless of the seating choice. Headroom ranges from 39.6 inches in the front row to 36.1 inches in the third row. First-, second- and third-row legroom are 42.0, 41.0 and 27.7 inches, respectively. The dedicated cargo area is 16.0 cubic feet, and that can be expanded to either 48.4 or 84.3 cubic feet. The base cabin features an 8-inch touchscreen, onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat and a six-speaker audio system. The LE trim level adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The XLE model includes the captain’s chairs standard and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof and a wireless charging pad. The XSE adds an ambient lighting system. The Limited adds upgraded leather, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, and the Platinum adds a panoramic sunroof.
The non-hybrid 2022 Toyota Highlander models all have an eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional with all available trim levels. Drivers in and near Hubbard Youngstown Warren New Castle who prefer a hybrid powertrain get an electronic continuously variable transmission paired with a hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder that combines for 243 hp. Front-wheel drive is standard with the hybrid powertrain, and all-wheel drive is optional. The gas powertrain features an engine stop/star system that can help improve fuel performance. Both powertrains offer driver-selectable modes that let the driver shape traction and other driving dynamics.
The NHTSA has awarded the 2022 Toyota Highlander near Youngstown a five-star overall crash-test rating. While the IIHS has not reviewed it as of this writing, it has awarded the previous two model years in this generation with the Top Safety Pick+ award. The base model has an 8-inch touchscreen with integrated support for Android and Apple but also Alexa. Safety Sense is standard and adds a wide collection of sophisticated driver-assistance technologies. If you want a blind-spot monitor, you have to select the up-level trim or higher. Navigation becomes standard with the XSE trim level, and the Platinum adds a surround-view camera system, head-up display and digital rearview mirror.