The bold and distinctive design of the fourth-generation Toyota Highlander will stand out even more in 2022 with the new Bronze Edition, exclusive to the Highlander Hybrid powertrain. Available in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), the new Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition offers unique styling and premium features to turn the head of any curious onlooker. Once on sale later this year, the Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition 2022 will be priced between the Hybrid XLE and the Hybrid Limited.
Designed with sophistication in mind, the new Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition, available in Cement (exclusive to Bronze Edition) or Wind Chill Pearl (new for 2022 Highlander) exterior colors, includes bronze-colored accents on the exterior and side. interior, including 18-inch bronze wheels, bronze interior stitching, illuminated bronze door sills and mid-century modern-inspired SofTex-trimmed seats with fabric insert and bronze stitching. Also exclusive to the Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition, the unique floor and cargo mats are embroidered with a special bronze logo. Taking inspiration from contemporary interiors to create an upscale vibe, details include upholstered surfaces and a bespoke look with stitching that extends from the door trim to the dashboard. The dashboard integrates multimedia and HVAC controls in an elegant and functional way.
2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Specs
Building on the popular Highlander Hybrid XLE, the unique standard features of the new Bronze Edition include:
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Rain sensing wipers
- Digital rearview mirror
- 1500W power outlet
- Puddle lamps with Highlander logo
- Ambient lighting on the instrument panel
- Driver seat memory with 10-way power seat
- LED daytime running lights (DRL)
The Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition also gives an overview of new offerings for the Highlander 2022, overall. This includes electric passenger seat height and tilt adjustments, which will also be standard on Highlander XLE 2022 and later.
Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
The Highlander Bronze Edition 2022 hits the road with a choice of front-wheel drive or a unique AWD system for Highlander hybrid versions.
For customers looking for that extra grip, the Highlander Bronze Edition 2022’s AWD system uses a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed. Like the hybrid powertrain itself, the all-wheel drive is designed to operate smoothly and seamlessly.
The rear electric motor operates independently without any mechanical connection between the transmission and the rear wheels. Preventive distribution of more driving force to the rear wheels, such as when accelerating, helps suppress front wheel slip during offline starts. The system also helps improve agility when cornering by reducing understeer. And, when you venture out on a trail, the increased torque from the rear wheels helps move the Highlander Hybrid with confidence over rough or slippery surfaces. All-wheel drive is a great traction partner, but it’s not needed all the time, like with regular highway driving. In these situations, torque is not distributed to the rear axle. As one can guess, this reduces the energy required to propel the vehicle and, therefore, helps to reduce fuel consumption. When the system senses that all-wheel drive is needed, it instantly re-engages the rear axle without the driver even noticing.
Well made hybrid
Using the popular Highlander Hybrid system, the 2022 Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The gasoline engine uses an intelligent system of Electric Motor Variable Valve Timing (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft and VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft. A variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump help further improve engine efficiency.
The bottom line is a revelation for the efficiency-conscious: up to a combined MPG rating estimated by the manufacturer. The Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).
The battery is small enough to fit under the rear seats so that it doesn’t take up space for cargo or passengers. This means that drivers of Highlander Hybrid benefit