The 2022 Toyota Highlander is one of the best new SUVs you can buy thanks to the combination of style, comfort and safety. It is also on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) list of the best new SUVs for teens. Buying one is a good decision, although you may have doubts about which Highlander trim level to buy. Here are the different trim levels available and what safety equipment comes in each.
The 2022 Toyota Highlander L comes with many safety features
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The 2022 Toyota Highlander L price starts at $36,420 and comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can deliver 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. That is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and has optional four-wheel drive. It also has Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5 features, including:
Frontal Collision Limitation
Adaptive cruise control
Automatic high beam
Lane Keeping Aid
traffic sign reader
The Toyota Highlander L also has Emergency Communications, Toyota’s Safety Connect. In addition, it comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and heated mirrors, according to Edmunds†
The Toyota Highlander LE adds some safety features
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Upgrade to the 2022 Toyota Highlander LE for $39,270 to get additional safety features. These include fog lamps and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic warning. This safety system will tell you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot when you change lanes or reverse.
The Highlander XLE and XSE add nice features, but nothing to do with safety
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There are plenty of good reasons to buy the 2022 Toyota Highlander XLE and XSE, but none of them are safety related. The XLE will cost you $42,270 and the XSE $43,865. The XLE makes the Highlander a pleasure to drive and the XSE gives it a sporty touch, but if you’re after your teen, there’s nothing in these trim levels that makes the SUV safer for your kid.
The Limited trim level makes parking easier
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If you pay a little more for the 2022 Toyota Highlander Limited, you get front and rear parking sensors. These alert your teen to any obstacles when they are both in front of and behind the SUV when parking. This costs $46,225 and besides this safety feature there are enough niceties to make this Highlander feel like a luxury SUV.
In addition, the Highlander Limited has a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree camera that provides an overhead view of the SUV while parking.
The platinum costs the most, but offers the most
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The 2022 Toyota Highlander Platinum is certainly the most expensive Highlander trim, at $49,225. But as is often the case, you get what you pay for. The Toyota Highlander Platinum includes everything in the trim levels before it. It also adds adaptive headlights, which illuminate corners in a way that makes driving easier at night. It also has a head-up display and a digital rear-view mirror.
Overall, the 2022 Toyota Highlander is one of the best SUVs you can buy for your teen. It’s super safe, on the IIHS and Consumer Reports list of the best new teen SUVs, and it’s packed with safety features.