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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition

Vehicle Type: SUV Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 21

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $45,480
Price as Tested: $47,013

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 17.1
EPA City mpg35
EPA Highway mpg35
EPA Combined mpg35

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The midsize, 3-row Toyota Highlander qualifies as an elder in the SUV tribe, dating back to 2000; the Hybrid version came on the scene in 2006. But it’s still going strong - regularly in the list of top 20 best-selling vehicles. We tested the Bronze Edition, which builds off the midlevel XLE trim and adds some cosmetic and convenience features. For starters, the Highlander Hybrid delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. There’s plenty of passenger room in the first 2 rows, and getting in and out is easy. The cramped third row works best for kids. Cargo space is plentiful - 48 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded. The Highlander’s efficient hybrid drivetrain adds to its value, bumping mpg from 23 to 35 compared to the nonhybrid Highlander. Overall range between fill-ups is also impressive: nearly 600 miles. Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5+ complete suite of advanced safety features is standard on all trim levels. We found a few items to critique, though. Even with 243 hp on tap, acceleration is sluggish and the engine is noisy. The Highlander’s interior design and materials are uninteresting and a bit downmarket. The infotainment system could use updating, and the rearview camera’s image isn’t sharp. Probably less important for most buyers - this is a largish SUV, after all - is that the Highlander Hybrid isn’t at all engaging to drive.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Hybrid drivetrain and ADADS features makes for good overall value
  • • Efficient drivetrain; good mpg and range
  • • Plenty of passenger room in the first two rows
  • • Smooth, comfortable ride

Weak Points

  • • Noisy, underpowered engine
  • • Interior could use an upgrading
  • • Outdated infotainment system
  • • Plain, bland driving experience

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4500.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 194.9 / 76.0 / 68.1
Wheelbase (in): 112.2
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Premier LTX
Front and rear tire size: 235/65 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): 3,500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L I4 DOHC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 186 @ 6,000
Combined system horsepower: 243

Test Data

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Handling: 6.68
Quality and Drivability: 6.28

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