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Toyota Highlander 2005 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The well-rounded Highlander blends the virtues that appeal to most SUV buyers. A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is standard; a smooth 3.3-liter V6 and a hybrid V6 version are available. The Highlander is quiet and roomy, with a comfortable ride and easy-to-use controls. The optional third-row seat is for kids only. Handling is sound and secure, though not particularly agile. Outstanding reliability and low depreciation round out this highly-rated SUV. The quicker, more-fuel-efficient hybrid version is an inviting package for those who don't mind paying a $4,500 premium, but buyers interested in hybrids only to save money may be disappointed.

See Reliability page for the latest 2005 Toyota Highlander recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. ESC available, standard from 2004. Side air bags available, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.

Road Test

The well-rounded Toyota Highlander has always been one of our top-rated SUVs. For the 2004 model year, the Highlander received a larger V6 engine and a small third-row seat capable of accommodating two children in a pinch. This Highlander was quicker...


  • Powertrain, access, ride, fuel economy, controls, standard stability control, optional third-row seat, crash tests.


  • Agility.


2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (268 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (230 hp)