Joey CapparellaCar and Driver
The 2022 Toyota Highlander’s new Bronze Edition package is one of those special editions that makes us wonder . . . why? But we’ll accept any attempt to add some visual interest to an otherwise boring family crossover, and the Bronze Highlander does include a fair number of tweaks inside and out that live up to the name at the very least. It’s available only for the XLE hybrid model and starts at $45,295 with front-wheel drive and $46,895 with all-wheel drive. That’s a $2025 premium over the non-Bronze XLE hybrid, but if you’ve got some kind of bronze fetish maybe you’re willing to pony up the extra cash.
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Not only are the Highlander Bronze Edition’s 18-inch wheels finished in this matte-bronze look, they also feature a different design than the standard XLE hybrid model.
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We’re not sure exactly what Toyota means when it describes the Bronze Edition’s special seats as “midcentury modern,” but the upholstery does look a bit cooler than what you’ll find in the standard XLE model. They are a combination of fake leather and cloth.
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In addition to those stripes, Bronze Edition interior features include rain-sensing wipers, a digital rearview mirror, and a memory driver’s seat with 10-way power.
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The bronze stripe—and the cushy seating—extends to the rear passenger compartment.
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Contrasting bronze stitching is found throughout the cabin, adorning the dashboard, center console, and seats.
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Subtle bronze stitching extends all the way across the dash.
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The Floor Mats
Unless you opt for the extra-cost all-weather floor mats, the Bronze Edition comes with floor mats that are embroidered with a Highlander logo in . . . well, you can probably guess what color.
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Illuminated doorsills typically cost $299 extra as an accessory for the Highlander, but the Bronze Edition includes these bronze-colored sills for no additional cost.
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Not the Car Itself
Toyota doesn’t actually offer a bronze exterior hue, but the Bronze Edition is available with a choice of either Cement (pictured), Wind Chill Pearl, or Midnight Black Metallic paint colors.
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Bronze wheels are especially hard to miss from the side.
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This Part Isn’t Bronze
But there is a power liftgate on the Bronze Edition, so there’s that.
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The 2022 Highlander Hybrid XLE Bronze Edition’s price puts it about midway in the Highlander lineup.
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