Mar 15, 2018
An SUV or a crossover car nowadays comes as a preference of many car buyers as it offers a number of outstanding features like softer ride, impressive gas-mileage numbers, easier ingress and egress and more spacious cabin, compared to sedans and other body types. There are some must-list names in this favorite segment that we should never miss like the Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Highlander and so on. This time, Naijauto.com will choose an excellent SUV among hundreds of models in the segment to present an in-depth review - the Toyota Highlander 2005. This car has enjoyed a crazy sales number which increased massively each year since its launch, making it become one of the best-selling crossovers of Toyota in 2004 worldwide. What’s more, with the debut of the hybrid version in 2005, the Highlander is proud to be the first hybrid SUV with 7 seats in the world.
Now, enjoy our review of the Toyota Highlander 2005 model and get a better understanding of this great vehicle.
The Toyota Highlander 2005 lineup includes the base, Hybrid and Limited. These versions are driven by an all-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive system and provide seats for 5 or 7 occupants. Options for engines are a 2.4 L 155 hp 4-cylinder or a more powerful 3.3 L 220 hp V6 engine. All models come equipped with cruise control, a rear-window wiper with defroster, door locks, a 6-speaker FM/AM/CD audio system and tilt steering. Meanwhile, Limited versions have additional amenities like an 8-speaker stereo, an anti-theft system, power front seats and heated outside mirrors.
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Walking around, the 2005 Highlander is designed in a basic 2-box shape adorned with bold sculpted lines in the body, earning the SUV a more attractive look. The Toyota car has a high seating position yet not too elevated for people. Upgraded model is armed with a rear spoiler, 16’’ aluminum wheels and tinted windows and body-color mudguards.
The Highlander is designed in a basic 2-box shape adorned with bold sculpted lines in the body
To give a verdict, the Toyota Highlander 2005 interior is comfortable and quiet. Thanks to thin body pillars and the high perch, the car can provide a good visibility for drivers and passengers as well. Besides, it comes with excellent ergonomics and simple-to-use instrumentation and controls. At the time of the launch, the Highlander’s dashboard design was evaluated to be daring and now it is still not out-of-date.
Compared to other SUVs like the Mitsubishi Endeavor or the Ford Freestyle, the second row comes with a less generous legroom but when coming to a comparison with a mid-size sedan, it is good. Two adults can sit in the second row with comfort while a third is manageable. The car also provides ample storage rooms with large cubbies at both front and rear seats. Meanwhile, the third seating row is collapsible and first introduced in 2004. Only kids can be seat comfortably back there because the knees-in-the-face legroom of the row is just 30.2 inches.
Two adults can sit in the second row with comfort while a third is manageable
The rear seating row comes equipped with cup holders and a fan-speed adjustment control for the heating system at the rear. The rear door is along with a convenient step and grab handles, making it much easier to enter the third seats.
The Highlander offers a good infotainment system with a DVD system at the rear seating row, helping the rear occupants relax and entertained on the go, plus an optional navigation system to support front-seat occupants during the journey.
Toyota Highlander 2005 dashboard
Besides, the Toyota Highlander 2005 is also armed with a full kit of safety features which are more than those of any competitors. The kit includes:
Additionally, hybrid versions use a new and more modern stability system, offering more transparent operation.
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Like many other models of Toyota, the Highlander 2005 also boasts refine, quiet and reliable engines. Non-hybrid Toyota Highlander 2005 engine comes available with two options: a 4-cylinder 4-speed or V6 5-speed engine, both are mated to an automatic transmission.
Non-hybrid Toyota Highlander 2005 engine comes available with two options: a 4-cylinder 4-speed or V6 5-speed engine
Gone through only small changes since its launch, the Highlander still offers a comfortable ride with a soft suspension and light steering. Being built with a unibody platform, the Highlander showcases all strong points of this form including a quiet and supple drive, making it different from other truck-based SUVs on the market like the rugged Toyota 4Runner.
The all-wheel-drive version can be useful in winter, although the front-wheel-drive is enough for most of the weather conditions and reduces both initial cost and fuel cost substantially.
The V-6 engine is fast enough to go through the traffic, and it really strong on the expressway. The 4-cylinder needs some more planning when overtaking is needed. The braking system and transmissions complete their tasks excellently.
|Toyota Highlander 2005 specs|
|EPA Classification||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Base Curb Weight (lbs)||3520|
|Front Hip Room (in)||55.1|
|Front Leg Room (in)||40.7|
|Second Shoulder Room (in)||57.0|
|Passenger Volume (ft³)||104.7|
|Second Head Room (in)||39.8|
|Front Shoulder Room (in)||57.9|
|Second Hip Room (in)||40.0|
|Front Head Room (in)||40.0|
|Second Leg Room (in)||36.4|
|Track Width, Rear (in)||61.6|
|Height, Overall (in)||67.9|
|Length, Overall (in)||184.6|
|Min Ground Clearance (in)||6.9|
|Track Width, Front (in)||62.2|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)||71.9|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)||19.1|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)||22|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)||27|
|SAE Net Torque @ RPM||165 @ 4000|
|Engine Type||Gas I4|
|SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM||160 @ 5700|
If you are going to buy a Toyota Highlander 2005 tokunbo, take a look at our table for the Highlander prices in Nigeria. We also include the prices of the Toyota Highlander for other model years for your further information.
|Foreign used Toyota Highlander price list in Nigeria|
|Tokunbo 2001 – 2004 Highlander price||N1.3 million – N2 million|
|Tokunbo 2005 – 2007 Highlander price||N1.7 million – N2.5 million|
|Tokunbo 2008 – 2012 Highlander price||N3.5 million – N5 million|
Toyota Highlander 2005 angular front
Toyota Highlander 2005 dashboard area
Toyota Highlander 2005 cargo space
Toyota Highlander 2005 on the road
Toyota Highlander 2005 side view
In conclusion, we would like to say that the Highlander 2005 or even a Toyota Highlander 2005 tokunbo is a good choice for many car lovers, particularly urbanites and small families. The SUV can surely make you satisfied with its spacious cabin, strong engine with an impressive performance on the road. Hope that our review of the Toyota Highlander 2005 model would be helpful for car buyers, especially those who are seeking a reliable Toyota car.