Toyota is a leading carmaker in all segments. The Japanese company is a synonym for reliability and durability. There is no need to talk too much about the manufacturer, since sales will tell enough. SUVs and crossovers classes are hot at the moment, and Toyota is there again, selling the most vehicles.
The explosion of popularity of this segment happened about 15 years ago. Now, Toyota is covering all the tiers in the market. The longest-serving nameplate is the Land Cruiser. The best-seller at the moment is Rav4, which will offer both hybrid and PHEV configurations. 4Runner is the vehicle you need if you are going off-road. This one, and the Sequoia are truck-based SUVs. Highlander is the most efficient hybrid in the mid-size segment, while the smallest unit in the squad is C-HR.
2022 Toyota Rav4, Hybrid, Prime
The 2022 Toyota Rav4 is the compact crossover that will draw attention with styling, safety, and performance. There is no surprise why the Rav4 is the best-seller, thanks to the most efficient hybrid setup. Well, the crossover was the first in the tier to offer at least 40 mpg. While Ford Escape and Honda CR-V were catching up, Toyota developed the plug-in hybrid with 300 horsepower.
So, there are a few configurations available to buyers. The most affordable is based on a 2.5-liter, good for 203 horsepower. The same petrol engine is under the hood of the PHEV system. However, in this case, electric batteries will add 99 ponies and it will cost you $38,000. That is $12,000 above the base version. The TRD upgrades are available, but only the Off-Road version. Fans hope the crossover will be the next to get the TRD Pro version.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series or Discontinuation
Not too long time ago, we heard rumors about the discontinuation of the longest-serving vehicle in Toyota’s family. Well, Land Cruiser might no longer be there for US buyers because of slow sales. The reason is simple – the SUV is very old. The current generation is 15 years old and Toyota definitely needs to do something about it. The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser will be unchanged, but after the next season, bosses will have tough decisions.
The vehicle still relies on a big V8 engine. The level of luxury is very high and the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is not going to offer too many options. The combination of luxury and utility is still unmatched, and that is the only reason that keeps LC in the market. The next-gen model should be called Series 300 and we believe it will feature an all-new I-Force Max engine.
2022 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid
The mid-size SUV used to be the only model in this class with a hybrid engine. Now, when we are seeing other companies investing into their systems, Toyota is still a step ahead. The new 2022 Highlander Hybrid is going to use a four-cylinder engine instead of a V6. Engineers are sacrificing power, around 60 horsepower and the SUV now produces 246 hp. It is still at the respectable level. But, the difference-maker is 35 mpg combined coming from the hybrid setup.
The base model is still going to get power from a 3.5-liter V6. The three-row SUV is available in six trim levels. The base version is L. Buyers are also picking between LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. As you can see, there is no an off-road specialist in the lineup. The price is starting just under $35,000. The LE is a recommendable upgrade for $2,200. Well, for higher trims, you will need extra funds for spending.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Off-Road SUV
One of the reasons why we don’t see the TRD package in the Highlander’s lineup is the 2022 Toyota 4Runner. This is the mid-size SUV based on a pickup truck platform. The body-on-frame architecture makes it very durable and tough. The 4Runner will also offer a special 4×4 upgrade, called TRD Pro. This is the extreme package that made the SUV competitive to Jeep Wrangler. The battle is even if you are after the off-road vehicle.
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is a 4.0-liter V6 engine, no matter if you are after the standard edition or the 4×4. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. Other options include 2- and 3-row layout, RWD and 4WD, and a few trim levels. Besides the 4Runner TRD Pro, there are lighter versions, TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road. The high-end Limited model brings luxury features, such as leather seats with heating/ventilating functions, adaptive suspension, and parking sensors.
2022 Toyota Sequoia – The Largest Member of the Family
The full-size spot in the lineup takes the 2022 Toyota Sequoia. Like the Land Cruiser, it’s been a long time since the last update. The big rig introduced a major change last season when it became the latest member of the TRD Pro lineup. This was the first expansion after 2015 when 4Runner and two trucks were launched with a 4×4 package.
Sequoia is 205 inches long and the interior cargo space is one of the biggest reasons why you should buy the SUV. You can get up to 120 cubic-feet with the second and third rows folded. A 5.7-liter V8 is the powertplant. With 380 hp, it is good for 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. Like other big rigs, the 2022 Toyota Sequoia might also replace an old eight-cylinder unit. The I-Force Max is debuting on the Tundra. As the truck-based SUV, the carmaker could make the same upgrade on the full-size SUV.
2022 Toyota C-HR – The Smallest Crossover in the Lineup
The 2022 Toyota C-HR might be the model with biggest changes. The subcompact crossover debuted in 2018 and it immediately drew the attention with its styling. But, after a few seasons, buyers will look for something fresh. The C-HR is only 172 inches long, which makes it perfect for city cruising and urban ride. Another reason is an efficient system that returns 29 mpg combined.
The US version is offering a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and 144 hp. In other markets, buyers can find different configurations. A 1.2-liter I4 is the smallest powerplant, and 1.8-l is also available in Europe. Even hybrid is available, but not in North America. The base price is going to start from $21,500, which makes the 2022 Toyota C-HR one of the most expensive subcompact crossover in the market. With the limited package and a few other upgrades, the MSRP gets near $30,000. Interesting fact – an all-wheel drive is not one of the options.
2022 Toyota Venza (Harrier for the Rest of the World)
The 2022 Toyota Venza belongs to the mid-size market. Unlike 4Runner and Highlander, this SUV is not going to offer third seating row. The company discontinued the nameplate in 2017, but it was soon reintroduced to fill the vacant spot in the lineup. Besides the styling updates, there are a few other notable changes on the Venza.
First of all, the company dropped all conventional engines and the SUV is going to get power from a hybrid setup. A 2.5-liter petrol unit is a base, upgraded with an electric battery. Total output of the system is 219 horsepower. In other countries, you will find the vehicle appearing under the Toyota Harrier nameplate. Markets, such as Japanese, will also use pure gasoline engines. Plus, the new 2022 Toyota Venza is not going to be produced in the US, like its predecessor. The price for the mid-size SUV starts at $32,500. LE, XLE, and Limited are packages prepared for the Venza.
2022 Toyota Fortuner Truck-Based SUV
Besides the US crossovers and SUVs, the Japanese company also covers other markets with models not available in the major stage. One of the most popular SUVs in Pacific Asia is the truck-based Fortuner. Multiple sources claim the new generation of the vehicle is one the way and it will debut as the 2022 YM. The current generation arrived in 2015 and a couple of years ago, it was updated.
There are only a few markets that will offer the 2022 Toyota Fortuner. Buyers from Thailand hope to get the more rugged TRD version. Current level is Sportivo. Legender package brings the most exclusive options. Under the hood of the Fortuner will still be a diesel unit. Besides the D-4D oil-burners, the most popular petrol choices will be 2.7 and 4.0 displacements.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado a.k.a Lexus GX
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will be known as the Lexus GX in the US. Lexus is a premium brand, owned by the Japanese giant. The LC Prado is available outside North America as the mid-size premium SUV, positioned under the standard Land Cruiser. Everything is smaller for the Prado – body, engines, outputs.
The new generation is on the way. A few spy photos already leaked and it is only a matter of time when will the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado become official. Details are still unavailable but expect the preview of Lexus GX and full-size Land Cruiser with the arrival of the Prado.
2022 Toyota FJ Cruiser Comeback
The last FJ Cruiser was produced in 2016. But, we already saw one return (Venza). This could be a bad thing as well – Toyota should bring something new to the market. The mid-size SUV was an excellent off-roader. But, that seat is taken by 4Runner and Fortuner outside the US. The body style is not attractive anymore, but there are fans hoping to see the 2022 Toyota FJ Cruiser again.
The Japanese company needs to make the car competitive by improving numerous segments. Engines need to be more efficient and cleaner. There are a lot more rivals than five or ten years ago. So, the big investment is required and in the current time, companies will rather rely on the proven vehicles and recipes.