2005 Toyota Highlander consumer reviews

$24,280–$27,590 MSRP range
side view of 2005 Highlander Toyota
91% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8
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4.3

Good used car

Good car,goes straight, nice tires, large windows easy to see around. The cup holders are not designed very well, to low, some other compartments i don't kno what they are for.

4.4

very Reliable car

perfect for my daughter as College students need a reliable car if you want them coming back to visit. This car would last a long time

5.0

Love My Highlander!

I purchased my used 2005 V6 AWD Highlander in 2007 with 40,000km on it. I was looking for a vehicle to tow a 19' bowrider and a 14' camper because my 2000 Sienna van struggled a bit with the weight. I cannot say how pleased I am with the performance of my Highlander. This vehicle tows with absolute ease and stability. It is very DIY friendly and easy to maintain. I rotate my tires every 10,000km, change my engine compartment and cabin filters regularly, synthetic oil faithfully every 5,000km and since ownership have only had the timing belt and water pump changed, the latter as a precaution only. I love the comfort, quiet and power of this SUV, the accessibility of the dash and the roominess of the cabin. It has a pretty good sound system, too! I have awesome snow tires for winter (it has only seen 3) and it just munches through the snow. I'm not a big fan of leather seats but that was the package it came with and the heated seat feature is very nice. I get passers by my home a couple of times a year asking if I want to sell it. I will keep my Highlander and enjoy it until it runs no more!

4.7

Had this car for 14 years!

Awesome car--I had it for 14 years and put 185000 miles on it and the KBB was still $5000. Easy to repair, easy to drive, tons of room for camping and hauling friends around town.

5.0

Best for family and work

What's not to like? We have owned our 2005 4cyl Highlander with excellent gas mileage since 2008. That's 11 going on 12 years for us. We solved the only problems: Heater and A/C temp control (analog knobs) was wacky until I found a YouTube video to fix it (simple wires inside console) myself. We also had some occaisional brake squeaks - turned out to be those cheaper brake pads and our dirt road. ... We LOVE this car/SUV. Love the classic styling, large tail lights, really excellent visibility all around and over the shoulder. I can haul 8' boards inside since all the seats fold down. We haved hauled small trailers with ease. Carry ladders on the roof rack. ... Maybe I will upgrade the tiny sound horn someday since it doesn't quite match this girl's personality. Our paint color is sexy too: Salsa Red. ... My favorite question about SUVs these days: Why don't they make 'em with good visibility anymore? Answers I get: Cameras, Style, Safety. - But I think this car doesn't need a backup camera, has great style, and very safe. ... Wish I could someday get a new one just exactly like this one. That will never happen because????

4.4

Most reliable car I've owned

A very reliable vehicle. We took it on all trips and my wife drove it to work every day. We would've purchased another but cost was prohibitive.

5.0

Dependable and reliable

I have owned this vehicle for 15 years. With regular maintenance and oil changes it is good for 300,000+ miles. It a great and roomy vehicle.

4.4

Been taking care of this car as a Child.

What an amazing car to drive. 4 cylinder 4WD with 2.2Liter. The mileage is 147000. New breaks and router, new shock absorbers, have done with all kind of engine works (power steering fluid, transmission oil, engine oil flash and radiator flash). Nice and clean interior, sunroof, auxiliary tape for great music with extra CD player of 12 CDs. Also have Eco Snow mood.

5.0

Most reliable car I have owned

Best value for your money. This cars keep their value. No engine problems. No transmission problems. Great body. No electrical problems. Best car you will ever buy.

5.0

Way all cars should be built

I am a automotive technician I have been in the business for forty five years. Sadly I have watched reliability go down hill and prices go up up. Toyota is one of the few that still offer vehicles at fair prices and that have excellent reliability. For the record I do not work for Toyota. This Highlander has 230k on it and I know that with proper maintenance it still has a long way to go.