A choice for everyone. The 2022 Toyota Highlander is available in a dizzying number of configurations. Including the available Highlander Hybrid, the Highlander is available in a total of 11 models. Toyota doesn’t offer a lot of packages on the Highlander, which means you’ll end up spending a little more time focusing on the trim level instead of sorting through options. We like this structure more, as it simplifies things.

While the Highlander isn’t the most spacious midsize SUV in the segment, it's accommodating for the majority of its passengers. The SUV can seat up to eight people across three rows of seats, though adults will be far more comfortable in the first two rows. The third row offers 27.7 inches of legroom, making it well-suited for kids.

Cargo capacity in the Highlander is competitive for the class. With all of the seats in place, the SUV offers up to 16 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the two rear rows of seats results in a total cargo capacity of 84.3 cubic feet. The majority of people will find that the Highlander offers a spacious interior for the entire family and their gear.

Safety features galore. Every Highlander comes packed with a lengthy list of standard safety features. Things like traffic sign recognition, lane trace assist, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection are standard. A lot of these features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 Plus system.

Available safety features on the Highlander include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display, and parking sensors. Unlike other automakers, Toyota doesn’t hide these features behind expensive packages or limit them to range-topping trims. The mid-level LE trim is the first to be offered with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

In crash-testing conducted by the NHTSA, the 2022 Highlander received a five-star overall safety rating. The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested the SUV yet, but the previous model year was awarded a Top Safety Pick+. In testing, the SUV earned a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests, had a front-crash prevention system that earned a rating of “Superior,” and came with headlights that earned a rating of “Good.”

Not sporty, but comfortable. The 2022 Highlander doesn’t attempt to be a sporty SUV like others in the segment. Instead, it knows that it will appeal to those seeking a sleeker alternative to a minivan. This allows it to put comfort at the forefront, which should appeal to a lot more shoppers.

The standard 3.5-liter V6 puts out 295 horsepower, a strong figure for the class. The V6 gets the Highlander down the road smoothly and with gusto. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission is a good pairing for the engine, finding the right gear and offering steady shifts. When properly equipped, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Around corners, the Highlander doesn’t excite and isn’t engaging, but it delivers a comfortable ride. That’s a trade-off we think most shoppers won’t mind. With clear sightlines out of the SUV, low-effort steering, and a composed ride, the Highlander is a pleasant daily driver that’s up to the task of getting a cup of coffee or going on a family road trip.

Straightforward tech features. Toyota’s tech features won’t hit you over the head with their graphics or capability, but they’re easy to use and don’t make you feel like you’re missing out on anything.

The Highlander comes with a standard eight-inch touchscreen that features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, six audio speakers, five USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Further up the lineup, you’ll find a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a JBL audio system, a wireless charging pad, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, and a universal garage door opener. For those family road trips, the Highlander is also available with an in-car intercom system.

Both touchscreens respond quickly to inputs and have physical controls that make them easy to use. While Toyota’s graphics aren’t as nice as the infotainment systems on other midsize SUVs, they’re easy to read and the menus are laid out intuitively.

Final thoughts. Practical, roomy, and well-equipped, the 2022 Toyota Highlander gives consumers minivan-like capability in a more stylish package. The Highlander won’t light your pants on fire with its performance or knock you over the head with technology, but it’s a well-rounded option that will appeal to a wide range of shoppers.

Alternatively, the Kia Telluride is the benchmark in the segment, offering rugged styling, excellent value, a spacious interior, and impressive tech features. The Mazda CX-9 is the sportiest SUV in the class, offering sharp handling and a punchy turbocharged engine. It also comes with high-end materials and has a premium design.

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