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Toyota Kluger Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Specs & Models

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 options.

Current prices of the Kluger range from $47,650 for the Kluger GX 2WD to $75,700 for the Kluger Grande Hybrid AWD.

This vehicle is also known as Toyota Highlander.

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Toyota Kluger Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota Kluger varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $47,650 and going to $75,700 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
2022 SUV 3.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $47,650 $75,700
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $36,600 $83,600
2020 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $34,700 $61,820
2019 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $32,300 $57,970
2018 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $28,600 $54,230
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Toyota Kluger Seats

The driver’s seat is broad and flat in appearance but actually very accommodating and comfortable, no matter what your size. Being a GXL, there’s electrical adjustment including for height and lumbar support, which is a bonus. 

Their tombstone backrest profile also improve the feeling of space and airiness, especially for folks behind. Note, however, that the front passenger seat does not adjust for height – a long-time Toyota fail.

Moving on to the rear seat area, it is clear this is created for kids of all ages. Middle row first. Entry/egress continues to be stupendously easy, on firm yet flat seats that recline a long way to optimise comfort – almost to the point where you can lean in and nap. They also slide forward as far as your legs will allow. Big feet can fit beneath the front seats too – another thoughtful detail.

Thanks to the one-third centre-row split being on the correct kerb rather than dangerous road side, accessing the twin-seat third row only requires that one person and not two people get out first. It’s clearly been designed for right-hand markets like Australia and the UK – which is new to the Kluger universe (though as the Highlander).

Despite the Toyota’s big, boxy proportions, the third row is essentially a kids-only area, really, though adults should be able to handle smaller-distance journeys without too much discomfort. A very low cushion means awkward knees-up seating for longer-legged passengers, but at least there is room underneath the middle row for feet, as well as a reclining backrest to ease a bit of pressure – as long as the middle-seat occupants are willing to slide their seats forward a little.

Exiting is made easy thanks to shoulder-height latches that automatically fold and slide the middle seat portions to allow egress, though their heft might have you wishing for the simple and easy press-and-push button that Hyundai and Kia use for their three-row chariots.

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
2022 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2021 SUV 0kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
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Toyota Kluger Accessories

All Klugers include Toyota's full suite of driver-assist safety systems, as well as seven airbags. 

There are also LED auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, push-button start, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support, digital radio, Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming, remote central locking, power windows and 18-inch alloy wheels. And the reverse camera features a cleaning system activated via the rear screen washer switch. Clever. 

Stepping up to the GXL ushers in synthetic leather upholstery instead of the standard cloth coverings, a power-operated tailgate, satellite navigation, powered/heated front seats, three-zone climate control and roof rails.

Toyota Kluger Colours

New colours are Crystal Pearl, Silver Storm metallic and Eclipse Black mica, along with the carryover Graphite metallic, Atomic Rush red mica, Liquorice Brown mica, Saturn Blue metallic and Galena Blue metallic. 

  • Eclipse Black
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Storm
  • Graphite
  • Atomic Rush
  • Galena Blue
  • Liquorice Brown
  • Saturn Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

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
2022 SUV 1755x1930x4966 mm 208 mm
2021 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2020 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2019 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2018 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 Hyb/PULP, PULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.6L/100km for SUV /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 8.7L/100km 3.5L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 8.7L/100km 3.5L PULP 8 SP AUTO
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
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Toyota Kluger Q&As

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

  • What is the longevity of diesel-powered SUV and Passenger vehicles in Australia?

    Of all the technology you’re considering right now, the only one that sounds any real alarm bells is that of the double-clutch transmission. It’s not that Kia’s version of the DCT is worse than many others – nor is it the worst of the lot – but there have been complaints over the operation and lifespan of these units generally. Sometimes the fault is a software glitch, but in other DCTs – particularly the dry-clutch variety – the problems are mechanical and can lead to catastrophic failures.

    With that said, it’s also true that Kia in Australia offers a fantastic factory warranty, so you should have no worries for at least the first seven years. It’s also the case that Kia Australia takes its reputation very seriously and is one of the better companies when it comes to sorting out faults and problems with its products. We’re pretty big fans here at Carsguide of the current Toyota hybrid technology, and it’s looking like the new Kluger Hybrid will be just as popular as Toyota’s other hybrid offerings. Perhaps more so as the non-hybrid Kluger can be thirsty.

    As for the requirement for premium ULP, when you consider that the Kluger Hybrid will, around the city and suburbs where most of them will spend the vast majority of their lives, use about two thirds of the fuel of the V6 Kluger (maybe even a bit less than that) then the extra cost per litre is more than compensated for by the reduced cost per kilometre. And in case you were worried about Toyota’s hybrid tech, the new Kluger Hybrid comes with up to 10 years of warranty on the battery-pack provided the vehicle is serviced correctly and inspected once a year.

    The other thing you might consider is the next-size-down Toyota hybrid, the RAV4. This is quite a spacious vehicle these days and offers excellent fuel efficiency and driveability. It’s cheaper than the Kluger, too. Definitely worth a look. Overall, the broader view is that a petrol hybrid vehicle is more future-proof than a conventional turbo-diesel.

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  • Why does my 2011 Toyota Kluger turn off when I turn sharp corners?

    It could very well be that there’s something amiss in the car’s ignition barrel (which lives on the steering column, remember) or its wiring and connectors that is causing the power to the ignition to be cut when you turn the wheel. The problem could also be a short-circuit somewhere in the wiring in the column (and there’s plenty of it) that is causing the problem. Either way, you need to get it fixed immediately, as having a car cut out when you least expect it is can lead to all sorts of extremely dangerous situations.

    Another possibility is that there’s something wrong with the car’s power steering system which is overloading at the point you turn the wheel hard and causing the engine to stall. Again, it needs to be fixed now and I wouldn’t be driving the car anywhere other than to a workshop for diagnosis.

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  • My 2017 Toyota Kluger is just out of warranty and needs a new water pump, should Toyota cover the cost?

    The problem you have is that the car was already nine months out of warranty when the problem was first noticed. Even though the pump did not require replacement right there and then, if a leak has started, then the pump is damaged or worn and will eventually need replacement. There’s also a distinct probability that the leak had started weeks before it was spotted by your service workshop, so it may have been even closer to the warranty period when the problem first occurred.

    I’m with you on this one; 39,000km is not good enough for a modern car to begin to require major replacement parts like a water pump. Rather than go through your dealership, consider contacting Toyota Australia’s customer service division directly and stating your case. Interestingly, since 2019, Toyota has offered a five-year warranty on its new cars and perhaps, if you’ve been a repeat customer or always had your Kluger serviced at a Toyota dealership, then you might find Toyota will help out even to the extent of providing the pump for you to have installed at your expense. If you don’t ask, you won’t get.

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  • Why did my 2018 Toyota Kluger jump from drive into neutral?

    We haven’t heard of the Kluger jumping out of gear as a common problem, but it’s definitely one you need a mechanic to look at as there’s an obvious safety implication if you lose drive at a critical moment. The 'flaring' could simply be the behaviour that’s been programmed into the vehicle at the factory. The idea is that when you start to use large throttle inputs (say, when overtaking) the vehicle interprets that as you driving on a winding, uphill road. So, to keep the engine making lots of power, it holds on to a lower gear than seems normal. And that’s what you’re feeling when the revs stay high beyond your overtaking move. Try adjusting the car’s mode from Sport to Normal or even Economy, at which point the transmission should become a little less frenetic.

    The good news is that, if there’s something wrong, your car should still be covered by Toyota’s factory warranty (which was three-years/100,000km when your car was bought new) so make it Toyota’s problem. If you’re not happy with your dealer, talk to Toyota Australia’s customer service department.

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Toyota Kluger Interior

Vast inside and out, the Kluger is shaped to fit the needs of most families and folk needing seven seats.

Is there an easier vehicle to get in and out of? Wide doors, massive seats and the room to move see to that. Sliding in and getting comfy in reassuringly familiar surroundings has long been this big Toyota’s way.

The chunky dash is still multi-layered in presentation, with a big new floating-style touchscreen and shelf area complete with access to charging ports carrying over. The centre console is wide, housing a massive bin.  Ventilation is easily accessed and controlled.

The instruments are essentially analogue based, but with a similar digitised middle section for additional vehicle functionality, multimedia and GPS data. And the same old cheap plastics abound everywhere where there isn’t stitched leather-esque material.

Moving on to the rear seat area, it is clear this is created for kids of all ages. Amenities are generous, and include ceiling-mounted face-level directional air vents, overhead grab handles and twin reading lights, mid- and rear-seat climate control with fan, temperature and directional choices (though the driver has overriding control), rear-seat map pockets, twin USB-A ports, door pockets (good only for smaller bottles) and a wide centre armrest with cupholders that are too large for smaller coffee cups.

Thanks to the one-third centre-row split being on the correct kerb rather than dangerous road side, accessing the twin-seat third row only requires that one person and not two people get out first. 

Despite the Toyota’s big, boxy proportions, the third row is essentially a kids-only area, really, though adults should be able to handle smaller-distance journeys without too much discomfort. Width isn’t a problem, but headroom for people over 175cm is limited. Kneeroom is dependent on the generosity or otherwise of the middle-row travellers. Note that, vinyl aside, row number three is a sometimes noisy and dark place to be, though the windows are deeper than some, due to that cheap plastic finish that’s even more obvious back here.

More overhead directional air vents are present (unlike in the Mazda CX-9), four large-circumference cupholders (which also act as storage for phones but not tablets) and a single centrally located light.

Exiting is made easy thanks to shoulder-height latches that automatically fold and slide the middle seat portions to allow egress.

Toyota Kluger Interior

Toyota Kluger Boot Space

With all seven seats erect, there is 241 litres (VDA – to the belt line), which is sufficient space for shopping and other cargo; note that the carpeted floor also contains the luggage blind without you having to leave it at home – a thoughtful gesture. Given that there are batteries and an electric motor below, it’s quite impressive that Toyota also manages to package a spare wheel (full-sized too!) and a low-ish flat floor.

Of course, in five-seater mode the Kluger’s vastness comes into play, with a useful 552L, expanding to 1150L in two-seater wagon mode.

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Toyota Kluger Wheel Size

The Toyota Kluger has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R18 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 235x65 R18 235x65 R18
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Kluger Wheel Sizes

Toyota Kluger Speed

The 0-100km/h claim is 8.4 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 180km/h.