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Used Toyota Kluger review: 2007-2009

The Kluger boasts the same quality of engineering and production as all Toyotas do.

There can be no doubt that Ford had an enormous impact on the SUV scene when it launched the Territory, so much so that other carmakers, such as Toyota, simply had to respond. One of the features of the Territory that drove sales was the option of two-wheel drive. Once dismissed as a silly idea the success of the two-paw Ford made others sit up and take notice.

As a result the new Toyota Kluger unveiled in 2007 came with the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The reality of the market was that the SUV was being used as a replacement for the old station wagon, and all-wheel drive simply came as part of the package rather than a priority.

The arrival of the front-wheel drive Kluger was hailed as the birth of a whole new car, at least by Toyota, who seemed to be claiming the idea as their own rather than a rip-off of Ford's.

MODEL WATCH

The new Kluger was larger than the previous model, with a larger cabin, which matched or bettered the Territory in some dimensions. It also boasted more luggage space than the old model as well as a bigger third-row seat package.

A larger, 3.5-litre V6 provided the power to the tune of 201kW and 337Nm, up 29 kW and 9 Nm. It was hooked up to a five-speed automatic transmission; with final drive through either the front wheels or all four in the case of all-wheel drive models.

The range kicked off with the KX-R and moved up through the KX-S to the Grande. At the lower end of the range the KX-R came standard with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, a reversing camera, electronic stability control, ABS brakes and seven airbags.

IN THE SHOP

The Kluger boasts the same quality of engineering and production as all Toyotas do, and despite some recent glitches, it stands up well in all ways. Make the usual checks to confirm routine servicing, which is the key to a long trouble free life on the road. Also check for offroad use, not that many Klugers go beyond the blacktop, but it's worth the check anyway.

IN A CRASH

ANCAP awarded the Kluger five stars in recognition of its comprehensive array of safety gear, which included electronic stability control and ABS brakes, and front, head and side airbags.

UNDER THE PUMP

Toyota claimed the front-wheel drive model would average 11.0L/100km, while the all-wheel drive model would return 11.6L/100km. When tested by CarsGuide the all-wheel drive Grande consumed 12.4L/100km.

AT A GLANCE

Price new: $39,990 to $59,990
Engine: 3.5-litre V6 petrol, 201 kW/337 Nm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic, front or all-wheel drive
Economy: 11.0 L/100 km (FWD), 11.6 L/100 km (AWD)
Body: 5-door wagon
Variants: KX-R base model, KX-S, Grande Safety: 5-star ANCAP

VERDICT

High ride and handsome, the Kluger is rightly a firm family favourite.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2009 $7,370 $16,720
2008 $6,710 $15,180
2007 $5,830 $13,090

View all Toyota Kluger pricing and specifications

Pricing Guides

$10,990
Based on 78 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$4,200
Highest Price
$21,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
CV (4x4) 3.3L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $6,995 – 12,970 2007 Toyota Kluger 2007 CV (4x4) Pricing and Specs
CVX (4x4) 3.3L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $5,500 – 10,900 2007 Toyota Kluger 2007 CVX (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Grande (4x4) 3.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $7,999 – 21,990 2007 Toyota Kluger 2007 Grande (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Grande (FWD) 3.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $11,690 – 12,950 2007 Toyota Kluger 2007 Grande (FWD) Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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