• (4.5) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,293$11,941
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-24
  • Engine: 160-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2005 Toyota Highlander

Our Take on the 2005 Toyota Highlander

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of Low-range gearing
  • Midrange acceleration
  • Uninspired styling

Notable Features

  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Five- or seven-passenger capacity


Our Expert Reviews

It's not obvious to me in the beginning, but after a week of driving the Highlander, it's becoming a regular member of the family. At first sight I think, "eh, just another SUV," but the Highlander continues to surprise me. It has quietly molded its family-friendliness around my busy mom life and I am just realizing it. This proves: Never judge a book by its cover.I start to feel diff... Read full review for the 2005 Toyota Highlander

Consumer Reviews


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Excellent SUV

by New parents from Suburban Philadelphia, PA on January 1, 2010

We have owned 3 Toyotas previously, 2 Corollas 1990 & 2003, & 1 Yaris 2007. When we needed a bigger vehicle for an expanding family we decided to go with the Toyota Highlander. After test driving both... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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