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Toyota Kluger

You might have missed it, but the mid-sized Toyota Kluger SUV has actually been around for quite some time, debuting back in 2003 as a Goldilocks option between the small RAV4 and large, off-road-focused LandCruiser Prado.

Like the RAV4 – and unlike the Prado – the Kluger uses a monocoque construction, as opposed to a body-on-frame arrangement. The Kluger is based on the Camry and the RAV4 is based on the Corolla, in case you’re curious. As a more of a family car and less of a specialist off-road tool, the Kluger soon found its niche, thanks to an abundance of space, the availability of seven seats and the choice to forego all-wheel drive all together, saving weight and fuel in the process. It’s available with a strong petrol engine, but misses out on diesel and hybrid options.

Current prices of the Kluger range from $44,850 for the Kluger GX (4X2) to $68,574 for the Kluger Grande (4x4).

This vehicle is also known as Toyota Highlander.

Toyota Kluger Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota Kluger varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $32,600 and going to $68,574 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $32,600 $63,030
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $44,850 $68,574
2020 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $32,600 $63,030
2019 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $30,900 $59,620
2018 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $28,600 $55,770
2017 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $25,900 $50,050
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Toyota Kluger Seats

In the Kluger's second row legroom is limo-like, thanks in no small part to a lengthy 2790mm wheelbase. There’s plenty of headroom, with enough shoulder room for three adults to sit abreast in reasonable comfort. A second row fold-and-slide function allows relatively easy access to the third row, but those two rearmost positions are best for pre-teenagers.

Toyota Kluger Towing Capacity

The Toyota Kluger has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2017 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
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Toyota Kluger Accessories

All Klugers feature, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, active cruise control, six-speaker audio (with Bluetooth connectivity), keyless entry and start, auto headlights, LED DRLs and tail-lights, front fog lights, a multimedia display, a reversing camera and rear parking distance control. rear privacy glass, and a trip computer. Higher models add even more standard equipment.

Toyota Kluger Colours

  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver
  • Predawn Grey
  • Eclipse Black
  • Deep Red
  • Merlot Red
  • Rustic Brown
  • Rainforest Green
  • Cosmos Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Toyota Kluger 2019.

Toyota Kluger Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota Kluger SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2020 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2019 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2018 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2017 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Kluger Dimensions

Toyota Kluger Fuel Consumption

The Toyota Kluger is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 9.1L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 9.1L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 9.1L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 9.1L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 9.1L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 10.2L/100km 3.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Kluger Pricing and Specs for 2021

Toyota Kluger Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota Kluger here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which Toyota Kluger models have a GPS?

    The Kluger released in 2014 was initially only fitted with navigation in the flagship Grande model. But the facelift of the model in 2017 saw navigation become standard on the mid-spec GXL model, so that model now looks like the most cost-effective way into a Kluger with factory-fitted navigation.

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  • Will an engine replacement change the value of my Toyota Kluger 2019?

    Having a replacement engine fitted will not damage your car’s resale value. In fact, I think the situation would be quite the opposite. If the vehicle is burning oil to the extent that Toyota wants to replace the engine under warranty, then there’s something not right inside the engine. And trying to sell a vehicle in that condition would be virtually impossible, not to mention that you’d be tearing up dollars because it would be worth a fraction of the same Kluger with a good engine.

    Continuing to drive a car that’s burning excess oil can damage the catalytic converter in the exhaust system, so it’s not wise to simply keep topping the oil up; the problem needs to be addressed and fixed permanently.

    About the only way a replacement engine will affect resale value is in the case of a classic or collector vehicle where potential buyers want to see a car with its original engine and transmission. With all due respect to the Toyota Kluger, that’s not likely to ever be an issue with your car.

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  • Why does my 2019 Toyota Kluger use so much oil?

    It would seem very strange to me that an almost-new Toyota V6 engine would be burning oil to the extent that a new short motor would be required. And it seems that wasn’t the problem anyway, but I agree that more than a litre per 1500km is too much. Had the short motor (pistons and piston-rings) been the problem, the new short motor should have fixed it, but a leak-down and compression test should have given a few clues, too. In any case, the dealer should now be looking for the real source of the problem. I’d be starting with the valve-stem seals or valve guides which are part of the cylinder head and aren’t replaced when a new short motor is fitted (because the original cylinder heads are retained). I’d also be checking the operation of the PCV (crankcase ventilation valve) which can also make oil disappear if it’s faulty.

    As for your next step, well, thank goodness for new-car warranties, eh? Basically, you’re covered whatever happens because that’s how warranties work. It’s up to the dealer to decide what steps it takes from here, but while ever the dealer is trying to fix the problem, you need to give them the chance to do so. It would be nice if you were provided with a replacement vehicle while yours is being assessed or fixed, and I’d definitely be asking for that much. Have you contacted Toyota Australia’s customer service number? Sometimes you’ll have a quicker resolution if head office gets involved. The other option if you’re really unhappy with how things are progressing is to contact the ACCC.

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  • Does the 2004 Toyota Kluger Grande have a timing chain or belt?

    The model Kluger you are referring to uses an engine with the code-name 3MZ-FE. It uses a timing belt rather than a timing chain, so it requires periodic belt changes. This is especially important as the version of the engine fitted to your car is an interference type. That means that the pistons cannot move freely up and down if the camshafts aren’t also turning and, if the belt breaks while the engine is running, the ensuing collision between pistons and valves will probably destroy the engine.

    Toyota recommends a timing-belt change every 150,000km which is actually pretty good compared with many other engines which require a new belt closer to every 100,000km or even less. The other piece of advice is to replace the belt tensioners and water pump while the engine is apart for the timing-belt replacement. It’s a lot cheaper to replace those items at that point, rather than having to open the engine up again down the track.

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Toyota Kluger Interior

The Kluger's interior design is clean and simple, with a sweeping, layered dash design wrapping around the multimedia screen integrated into the centre stack. Touches of chrome and brushed metal-effect finishes add visual interest and a quality feel. 

Toyota Kluger Boot Space

The Toyota Kluger has a boot space size of 529 Litres.
Toyota Kluger Boot space
Shown above are boot space details for the Toyota Kluger 2019.

Toyota Kluger Wheel Size

The Toyota Kluger has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x60 R18 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 245x60 R18 245x60 R18
2020 SUV 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches
2019 SUV 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches
2018 SUV 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches
2017 SUV 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches 245x60 R18 18x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Kluger Wheel Sizes

Toyota Kluger Speed

At around 2.0 tonnes the Toyota Kluger is anything but a lightweight. However, you can expect its 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine to power it from 0-100km/h in roughly 9.0sec.