A. 2022 Toyota Highlander - Quick Overview
Toyota is arguably the most patronised automotive brand in Nigeria. One would understand why; considering that most products from the Japanese automaker offer good performance, fuel economy, low maintenance cost and high resale value. We also understand that most Toyota car owners in the country acquired their vehicles either as Nigerian Used or Tokunbo (foreign used). There are certain perks you enjoy when you go for the brand-new Toyota models, especially the most recent ones. Perhaps, if you love SUVs and your budget can accommodate a brand-new car, the new Toyota Highlander might just be what you need. Check out this 2022 Toyota Highlander review.
The overall design of the 2022 Toyota Highlander model has been improved to look more stylish
B. 2022 Toyota Highlander - The Design & Appeal
- Exterior design
The Toyota Highlander has served us with great looks over the years. No wonder many Nigerians keep buying this model. It looks high-end even when you go for older model years such as 2007 & 2008. As for the new 2022 model, the carmaker has performed some neat design improvements. The latest model now offers customers the new Hybrid Bronze Edition, which wears the Wind Chill Pearl, riding on 18-inch bronze-coloured wheels. The new 2022 Toyota Highlander colors include Celestial Silver Metallic, Opulent Amber, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Ruby Flare Pearl. The Wind Chill Pearl is expected to replace the Blizzard Pearl. Well, for most parts, the 2022 Highlander still carried some design tweaks from the 2021 model. The wheelbase is long enough to appeal to a lot of buyers out there.
The new Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition offers a luxury look and well-styled cabin design
- Interior design & features
The 2022 Toyota Highlander focuses on three aspects: practicality, performance and comfortability. The three-row interior design is well styled with lots of configurations. The infotainment system is simple and wide enough to make your driving experience quite enjoyable. We understand that the new Highlander has higher variants, but the standard driver-assistant and safety features across all trims are impressive. The cabin is fitted with geometric-like upholstery with an illuminated bronze-coloured door, a sill protector and bronze-coloured detailing. If you are going for the top range trims like the 2022 Toyota Highlander XLE, you get to enjoy the height-adjustable power seat feature for passengers at the front. The overall cabin design looks spacious and well-styled.
The cabin feel of the 2022 Toyota Highlander is quite appealing
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The foldable seats of the 2022 Toyota Highlander make more cargo space available
The heated front seats, power sunroof, wireless charging pad for smartphones and other exciting features are offered on the midrange XLE. If you are interested, you can request the Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation package. This package gives you the opportunity to enjoy an upgraded stereo system and in-dash navigation. In case you want yours to be an all-wheel drive, you would be asked to add an extra fee to the base price. The Mid-range LE and base L models can accommodate as many as eight people with the aid of the bench seats found in the last two rows. The higher trims on the other hand are tailored for just 7 people. Other standard features on all trims include:
- 8.0-inch infotainment system
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- 11-inch JBL audio system
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Amazon Alexa integration
The luxury variants, which are the 2022 Toyota Highlander Platinum and 2022 Toyota Highlander Limited editions enjoy the larger 12.3-inch display. The driver-assistance features standard on all trims include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-keeping assist
- Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Automatic high-beam headlamps
- Upgraded foglights
- Hands-free liftgate
The 2022 Toyota Highlander XSE is the sporty variant in the new line-up. Car buyers that opt for this particular model enjoy features such as:
- 20-inch wheels
- Chrome exterior trim
- Dual exhaust tips
- Unique sporty styling cues
- Interior ambient lighting
- Sport suspension
C. 2022 Toyota Highlander - Engine & Performance
Toyota brand has an impressive reputation when it comes to engine performance and maintenance. The 2022 Toyota Highlander configuration isn’t going to disappoint in that aspect. It comes fitted with a 3.5-litre V6 powertrain, paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. The model is offered in either all-wheel or front-wheel drive. It is capable of churning out a decent 295-horsepower and can accelerate from a standpoint of zero to 60mph in just 6.7 secs. If you remember correctly, we mentioned the introduction of the hybrid version for this particular model. Well, the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes equipped with 2 electric motors and a 4-cylinder 2.5-litre engine, producing a combined output of 243-horsepower. The fact that the hybrid version is fitted with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), gives it an edge when it comes to fuel economy. This is obviously going to sound right in the ears of many potential car buyers in Nigeria.
The engine fitted on the new Toyota Highlander SUV is functional and offers good fuel economy
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The handling of the new Toyota Highlander is great and it runs smoothly. Since the hybrid model takes 7.3 seconds to get to 60mph, the standard model sort of enjoys an edge when the acceleration is compared. This car will suit politicians, business executives and other influential people who love to be chauffeured.
- Fuel Economy of 2022 Toyota Highlander
The occasional fuel scarcity and hike in oil price would make any car that conserves fuel appealing to many Nigerian car owners. For the 2022 Toyota Highlander, its V6 engine offers 29 miles per gallon on the highway for front-wheel drive, and 27 mpg for all-wheel-drive on a similar route. The hybrid model enjoys 36/35 mpg for city and highway drive respectively.
One could easily take the 2022 Toyota Highlander for a luxury SUV. The design is impeccable and the premium features on the inside are so tempting. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
2022 Highlander Overview | Toyota
D. 2022 Toyota Highlander - Pricing & other info
Here comes the question many readers love to ask; How much is the 2022 Toyota Highlander?
Before we dive right into that, you need to know that new buyers enjoy 2 years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. The warranty coverage on the hybrid part covers 100,000 mileage or the first 8 years of usage. Isn’t that awesome? Since it is the latest Highlander model, we don’t expect you to get the used version. However, the 2022 Toyota Highlander price in Nigeria is between ₦35million to ₦50million. Bear in mind that the prices would vary on the trim you are going for.
- 2022 Toyota Highlander Release Date
The 2022 Toyota Highlander has been released in October 2021. The standard version and the new Hybrid-only Bronze Edition are now available at various Toyota dealerships worldwide.
The 2022 Toyota Highlander is a perfect fit for Nigerian roads; thanks to its impressive ground clearance. For an SUV, it runs smoothly without creating a deep hole in your pocket from fuel purchase. It is a versatile vehicle, which could either be used privately or for business purposes. This is pretty much all that we can tell you as regards the 2022 Toyota Highlander review.
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