2022 Toyota Highlander for Sale in Smithfield, RI

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Overview

If you ask five Toyota Highlander owners why they love the vehicle so much, you’re likely to get five different answers. That’s because this three-row crossover has so many attractive qualities, from its spacious and versatile interior to its generous standard equipment, as well as its reasonable pricing and reputation for build quality and dependability. Although this page focuses solely on the gasoline-only ’22 Highlander, there’s also a gas-electric Highlander Hybrid, which we discuss on its own page.

Trims, Powertrain, and Efficiency

The six trim levels of the 2022 Highlander are L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. They all get the same powertrain: a 295 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the default, but most drivers around New England prefer the available all-wheel drive. Regardless of the trim or drivetrain, the ’22 Highlander is able to tow as much as 5,000 pounds. Trim level doesn’t change the EPA’s estimated fuel economy, although the drive type does: FWD Highlanders are rated for 21 mpg around town and 29 mpg on the highway, while AWD causes a slight dip to 20 city/27 highway.

Standard Features of Note

The entry-level L packs in value with a lot of standard features for a low cost. The highlights are tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, five USB ports (four USB-C charging ports and one USB-A media port), and seating for eight. The LE boosts the list with a power liftgate, LED fog lights, blind-spot warning indicators for the exterior mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The XLE moves to the seven-passenger configuration with a pair of second-row captain’s chairs with sunshades, although the bench seat is available for those who prefer an eight-person capacity. It also adds a moonroof, rooftop rails, SofTex seating (heated in the front row), wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a power front passenger’s seat.

The SE raises the stakes with larger wheels, black exterior trim, a sport-tuned suspension, a low spoiler, dual exhaust, and ambient interior lighting. Some of its most appealing options are leather upholstery and an in-car PA system (it’s also eligible for the second-row bench in lieu of the captain’s chairs). The Limited starts off equipped like the XLE but with all of the features listed as available on the XSE coming standard (that second-row bench seat remains optional). It also gets ventilated front seats, position memory for the driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, enhanced LED fog lights, puddle lights, a hands-free liftgate, and a 120-volt power outlet. As expected, the Platinum is loaded, getting a panoramic moonroof, a digital rearview mirror, adaptive front lighting, rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, and heated second-row captain’s chairs, but in this case the bench seat is not offered.

Driver-Assist Technologies

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ comes standard, furnishing all trims with automatic high beams, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign detection, and adaptive cruise control. Front and rear parking sensors are added to the Limited, which is eligible for a bird’s-eye view monitor. Both of those advanced technologies are included with the Platinum.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The L and LE get the base 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, an audio system with six speakers, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Navigation is optional on the XLE and XSE. A JBL sound system with 11 speakers comes standard on the two highest trim and can be added to the XSE. An upgrade to a 12.3-inch touchscreen is offered for the Limited and included on the Platinum.

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