The redesigned version of the famous Toyota Highlander is arriving. However, consider that the pandemic is still among us, plenty of companies decided to move production for the next year. The new 2022 Toyota Highlander will be introduced next year with some mild refreshments from what we heard.
Like the current model, the new one will provide more Pros than Cons. This model’s pros are a V6 engine, active safety features, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and the most favorite Hybrid version.
2022 Toyota Highlander Exterior Upgrades
The 2022 Toyota Highlander will feature a refreshed styling, including a sleeker body and slightly larger shape than the outgoing model. We just got the information that the new generation will grow a couple of inches in length including a larger wheelbase. Thanks to that, results will be drastically seen inside.
The front fascia will get some mild updates, including a more pronounced design by housings the new LED headlights. L, LE, and XLE models will come with 18-inch wheels, while 20-inch wheels are standard on Limited and Platinum grades. However, looking at this SUV on the back, we noticed the same athletic aesthetic as on the previous model, featuring the same bumper and LED taillights.
The 2022 Toyota Highlander is a 3-row SUV that provides a roomy cabin for up to eight passengers when equipped with a 2nd-row bench. Highlander L and LE trims are only available trims as 8-passenger models.
Steeping in, you`ll realize that there is plenty of room in the second row, while the third row has slightly more room than the predecessor. However, compared to the main rival Honda Pilot, Highlander losing battle in this segment. Still, Toyota Highlander’s cargo room is excellent, offering 16 cubic feet behind the rear seat. Moreover, folding the third-row of seats, it opens up over 84 cubic feet.
Like we saw on the previous model, the new model will deploy the same 8-inch touchscreen as standard, while the much bigger 12.3-inch display is optional.
2022 Toyota Highlander Powertrain Details
The new 2022 Toyota Highlander in the engine department comes as a carryover model. That means we should see the same engines as under its predecessor. The non-hybrid Highlander consists of a 3.5-liter V6 that can produce 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, this engine is very potent and is ideal for fully loaded midsize 3-row SUV/crossover. It uses an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to front wheels (FWD) in standard form. All-wheel drive is optional as on many nowadays models in the class.
The 2021 Highlander Hybrid system will use a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors. Also, it drains power from the nickel-metal hydride battery. The total system output of this model is 243 horsepower develops 175 lb-ft. Unlike the base model, the hybrid one comes with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). However, it comes also with a front-wheel drive, while all-wheel is optional. The Highlander Hybrid can pull a maximum of 3,500 pounds, while V6 is providing a much better tow rating of 5,000 pounds.
How Much Does the 2022 Toyota Highlander Cost?
Unlike the predecessor that starts at less than $36,000, the new 2022 Toyota Highlander will cost slightly higher. Also, Highlander Hybrid will be available as well at the same time next year as the base one.
This model, dressed in Platinum trim, reaches $50,000. Depending on the trim, the all-wheel-drive can cost an extra $1,600 or $1,950. Compared to other models in the same class, the new Highlander costs more than the Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Atlas, Chevrolet Traverse, Kia Telluride, and Hyundai Palisade.