(4.4) 30 reviews
MSRP: $4,348$11,976
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


Average based on 30 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 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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