2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for Sale in Warwick, RI

Overview

It wasn’t too long ago that the expectation for a car to get 35 miles per gallon of gas meant driving a subcompact. But automotive technology has come a long way in improving fuel efficiency. At the forefront of this effort is Toyota, and its pioneering hybrid engine systems. It’s this advancement and a host of other features that make the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid so compelling.

With seating for seven or eight, a 3,500-pound towing capacity, and as much as 84.3 cubic feet of cargo space (with both rows of back seats folded flat), this midsized utility vehicle is focused on versatility. Plus, Toyota has introduced a special all-new Bronze Edition trim especially for the Highlander Hybrid: it’s not offered for the conventional gasoline-only Highlander (which we cover on a separate page).

Trims and Powertrain

The Highlander Hybrid comes in five trims: LE, XLE, the debuting Bronze Edition, Limited, and Platinum. Their powerplant, a 2.5-liter 186 hp four-cylinder gas engine paired with one or two electric motors (depending on the drivetrain), makes a total system output of 243 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) manages the standard front-wheel drivetrain or optional all-wheel drivetrain. The FWD-equipped version uses a single electric motor, while the AWD equipment includes a second motor. All trims can be ordered with Trail Mode for more refined accelerator control at slower speeds.

The EPA has officially estimated that the Highlander Hybrid with FWD gets 36 mpg around town and 35 mpg on the highway. With AWD it returns 35 mpg for both city and highway travels, although the highway mpg drops to 34 for the Limited and Platinum due to the weight of their additional standard equipment.

Standard Equipment and Options

The LE gets a standard second-row bench, yielding eight-passenger seating. Some of its other noteworthy features are three-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, LED headlights and fog lights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated power side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also has the base version of Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (detailed below) and active grille shutters (to improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption).

The XLE adds plenty for its slightly higher MSRP: a power moonroof, SofTex leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a ten-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power front passenger seat, second-row sunshades, wireless device charging, roof rails, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 7-inch driver information display. It also has standard dual captain’s chairs in the second row rather than the bench seat, limiting passengers to seven (although the bench seat can be opted back in when the vehicle is ordered). The Bronze Edition takes everything listed for the XLE and adds distinctive exterior accents, unique wheels, exclusive interior treatments, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a digital rearview mirror, dual 120-volt outlets, and an option for a Cement exterior paint color that’s only offered for this special trim.

The Limited ramps up the luxury quotient with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, and 20-inch chrome wheels. It’s also enhanced with LED fog lights, position memory for the front seats, upgraded interior accents, and ambient interior lighting. But the ultimate Highlander Hybrid is the Platinum, which gets a power panoramic moonroof, adaptive LED headlights, heated second-row captain’s chairs, 20-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, and additional technology, which is covered in the following sections.

Advanced Safety Technology

The most basic version of Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ is still quite comprehensive. In the LE, XLE, and Bronze Edition the technologies included are forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, road sign assist, and automatic high beams. The Limited and Platinum also get slow-speed (below 10 mph) automatic braking to prevent collision with static objects during parking or backing. A surround-view monitor is available on the Limited and standard on the Platinum. Every Highlander Hybrid also has vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and technology to prevent unintended acceleration.

Infotainment and Connectivity

An 8-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker audio system are the starting point for the Highlander Hybrid’s infotainment system, which also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, five USB ports, and access to remote services and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Navigation is available on the XLE and included on the Limited and Platinum. Those uppermost two trims are upgraded with an 11-speaker JBL sound system. An upgraded 12.3-inch touchscreen is optional for the Limited and standard on the Platinum.

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