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Toyota Kluger
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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 $51,790 for the Kluger GX 2WD to $80,230 for the Kluger Grande Hybrid AWD.

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 $51,790 and going to $80,230 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
2023 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $51,790 $80,230
2022 SUV 3.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $43,780 $90,310
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $41,690 $87,890
2020 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $40,480 $65,670
2019 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $39,160 $62,150
See All Toyota Kluger Pricing and Specs

Toyota Kluger Seats

The Kluger is a three-row, seven-seater SUV. There two seats up front, three in the second row and two in the third row.

Toyota Kluger Seats

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
2023 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2022 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2021 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
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Toyota Kluger Accessories

The entry-grade GX come standard with alloy wheels, LED headlights, proximity unlocking and push-button start, three-zone climate control, rear privacy glass plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The GXL brings built-in sat nav and a bigger 12.3-inch media display, heated and power-adjustable front seats and an auto tailgate.

The range-topping Grande adds leather seats (heated and ventilated fronts), a wireless phone charger, head-up display, panoramic glass roof, kick-function tailgate, sunshades for the rear windows and an 11-speaker JBL sound system.

Toyota Kluger Colours

There are seven colours for Kluger owners to pick from including 'Saturn Blue', 'Atomic Rush' (Red), 'Frosted White' and 'Eclipse Black'.

  • Frosted White
  • Graphite
  • Silver Storm
  • Eclipse Black
  • 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
2023 SUV 1755x1930x4966 mm 208 mm
2022 SUV 1755x1930x4966 mm 208 mm
2021 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2020 SUV 1730x1925x4865 mm 200 mm
2019 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, ULP, — and PULP 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
2023 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2023 SUV 8.3L/100km 2.4L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 8.3L/100km 2.4L 8 SP 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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Kluger Pricing and Specs for 2023

Toyota Kluger Q&As

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

  • Where can I get a water pump for a 2017 Toyota Kluger AWD Grande?

    You could start with the established spare parts retail outlets. Many of these stock parts for all sorts of brands including, of course, Toyota. While it may come in a box that is branded something other than Toyota, chances are it will be made by the same company that supplies Toyota with its genuine parts. Be wary of really cheap replacement parts, though, as these could be cheap knock-offs from anywhere. With that in mind, stick with the known retailers who are less likely to sell you a poor quality part.

    If that doesn't work, jump online as c heck out some of the cyber-retailers. A quick search at my end has confirmed that both Gates and Dayco (well known and respected brands) have stocks of the very part you're looking for through a variety of online retailers.

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  • I am looking for an auto transmission wagon or SUV, that tows at least 1500kg and does not have a CVT.

    While the CVT is enjoying a bit of a purple patch right now with many car-makers using it for its efficiency benefits, you’re not the only one, Gregg, that doesn’t want to own such a thing. The CVT’s history is littered with failures, although to be perfectly fair, they are a lot better now than they’ve ever been.

    But even if you can accept their reliability track record, some owners will just never take to the CVT’s characteristics of allowing the engine to rev up and have the rest of the vehicle catch up. It can feel very alien and it’s hardly a sporty sensation, either.

    With all that in mind, you probably should start looking at things like the two-wheel-drive versions of something like, say, the Toyota Kluger or Hyundai Santa Fe. Both are available in two-wheel-drive, both have conventional 8-speed automatic transmissions and both can haul a decent load (2000kg and 2500kg respectively). The Toyota even offers a hybrid driveline, but, sadly for buyers like you, that uses a CVT transmission.

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  • I can't find a GCM limit on my Kluger AWD. If we were to tow at close to the maximum... what would our remaining payload be in the Kluger?

    This is a very important issue as exceeding the Gross Combination Mass (GCM) is a distinct possibility in modern vehicles with high towing limits. Even if the towed trailer comes in under the permissible weight limit, if you’re heavily loaded the car towing it, you can easily be outside the GCM limit, leaving yourself open to all sorts of legal and insurance hassles if it goes wrong.

    If you check your owner’s manual, you’ll find that the all-wheel-drive Kluger has a GCM of 4685kg. So, on that basis, you could tow a 1900kg caravan and load the Kluger up to the tune of about 700kg and still be legal. However, that 700kg load in the Kluger includes everything, including the humans. That arithmetic also assumes that the caravan is not carrying a single extra thing that’s not part of the actual van. That includes water in the on-board tank, gas bottles, an extra spare tyre and any other luggage. As you can see, a 1900 caravan, despite the 2000kg towing limit, might have you sailing pretty close to the legislative wind.

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  • 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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Toyota Kluger Interior

The Kluger's interior is modern, open and spacious. The entry-grade GX Kluger and GXL above it have synthetic upholstery, while stepping up to the top of the range Grande add leather seats, plus wood-look and chrome-effect trim to the dashboard and doors.

Toyota Kluger Interior

Toyota Kluger Boot Space

The cargo capacity with the third row folded flat is 552 litres and with the third row up it's 421 litres.

Toyota Kluger Boot space Toyota Kluger Boot space

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 1 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 235x65 R18 1 235x65 R18 1
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Kluger Wheel Sizes

Toyota Kluger Engine

There are two powertrains to pick from when it comes to the Kluger.

There's a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder which powers all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive versions and makes 198kW and 420Nm.

Then there's the hybrid variant which pairs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with three electric motors for a total power output of 184kW. The hybrid is all-wheel drive only.

Toyota Kluger Engine

Toyota Kluger Speed

The 0-100km/h time for the Kluger is approximately 9.0-seconds. Top speed is approximately 200km/h.

Toyota Kluger Range

The range of the Kluger hybrid is approximately 1160km, while the petrol variant has a range of about 800km.