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The all-new Toyota Kluger will make its world premiere later this month at the New York auto show, following confirmation by the Japanese manufacturer.

Details are light on the third-generation Toyota Kluger, badged Highlander in most overseas markets, but improvements over the current, six-year-old SUV are set to be many, including upgraded engines and drivetrains, fresh styling and enhanced interior and safety technology.

Toyota Australia’s Mike Breen told CarAdvice the new Toyota Kluger is assured for local showrooms but not likely to arrive before mid-2014.

Toyota Kluger

In Australia the Kluger starts at $39,990 and is offered with front- and four-wheel drive, five and seven seats and with a single 201kW/337Nm 3.5-litre V6 powerplant tied to a five-speed automatic transmission.

More details will be revealed at the car’s unveiling in New York on March 27.




  • Theo

    Man are these common.

    • kazuo

      it is so common, a good choice for a powerful 7seater

      • TheRealThomas

        You mean to say 6 seater, my 4 year old couldn’t fit in the center seat of the second row of these.

        • kazuo

          really?I haven’t actually been in one of these, I used have Odyssey which have good room for third row. Right now got q7 which is quite small for 3rd row,

          • Boofhead

            You went from an Odyssey to a Q7? Did your income dramatically rise?

          • Kazuo

            Had odyssey and Audi tt,then traded in q7 2years ago, last year bought 520d m pack. Income actually drops because business not doing as good as before

          • $29896495

            Business not doing as good as before? Got to buy or lease some expensive cars. Makes real sense. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with your business too. Why not just get a normal people mover rather than a compromised pseudo 4WD.

          • kazuo

            Even business not doing well but still make good money, I own 2 adult business in  so I need something to claim GST

        • Zaccy16

          yep, middle seat is useless, mazda cx9 and territory have better rear seats

        • auto

          well,put the 4yr. old on a diet.

    • Zaccy16

      unfortunately, they are a fugly car!

      • Guest

        Perhaps you too might not be a good person if you’re not as handsome as Brad Pitt.

  • LowRezFez

    A reliable petrol guzzler.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Why no diesel or hybrid?

  • Able

    Probably my least favourite car on the roads.

    • Al Tungupon

      Yeah, if they are used as mobile speed cameras.

  • An ugly beast, like all other Toyotas.

    //

    • F1orce

      Yeah the base model is ugly, along with every base models from most brands..

      But the upper and Grande model is one of the best looking largish SUV

      And I was surprised by the fact that it actually drives well, gets up n goes!

      • Zaccy16

        good in a straight line but round turns its a boat! cx9 and territory handle much much better! they need to fix the handling in the new model but knowing toyota it will be as bad as before

        • Butch

          What do you care?

      • Crazy n00b

        “Yeah the base model is ugly, along with every base models from most brands..”

        Ummm… absolutely not. Usually the tyres in the base models have more side wall rubber and ride much better, less prone to cracked alloys and replacement tyres cost a lot less. I work in the manufacturing and distribution industry, the profit margins for the higher end models is at least 3-5x more than the profit margin on the base model. Because of that I tend to buy base models and not because I can’t afford the top of the range models.

      • Rt

         Base or top spec, looks the same in most cars including this one.

        Just because you’re easily influenced by a few splashes of chrome and big rims, doesn’t mean everyone else is.

        • $29896495

          excellent comment.

          • Jkgh

            That’s an excellent comment? Please, everyone knows that F1orce’s comments are pure nonsense – replying to them to appear clever is sad, not ‘excellent’.

          • $29896495

            It would appear that you have no idea who you are replying to. To many beers after work?

      • racrepus

        Little bits of trim don’t dramatically improve the look of the car. It has ugly elements that bigger rims and some chrome can’t fix. The specification level makes little difference to ugly body work. 

        • MisterZed

          Agreed.

      • MisterZed

        Er, right. Personally, I think Murano and Grand Cherokee look much better (and they both look good in the base model trim, unlike Kluger).

  • Greg

    mate had one of these and he done the quarter mile in 14.7 seconds which for this is excellent

    • Cars

      So no spare, no jack, no tools, no matts, no tint, almost no fuel, no cargo, a tail wind down an incline, cold ambient temperature and a midget straddling the controls? All timed with a genuine Rolex?
      Seems plausible………

      • Cam

        Same engine as the Aurion and mine does 14.3, so with a liittle more weight 14.7 is doable! 

        • Rt

          Wheels Magazine Jan 2007 – quarter mile for Ewwrion 15.3 secs.
          Wheels Magazine Oct 2007 – quarter mile for Kruder 15.9 secs

          • Cam

            I have willowbank time slips to prove it “RT” WHATS YOUR NEXT MOVE???????????????

          • Iuty

             Everyone here can look up the data I’ve provided. You don’t need that exact edition of Wheels either, they show all their times in the list of cars at the back.

            No one can look up your times and no one believes you.

          • Cars

            That is funny – The Willowbank Kluger dragster!

        • $29896495

          Below the actual times but, you have to remember, that the Kluger is almost half as much again heavier and has the airo of a brick. Other than that shows what a good engine it is.

    • Brett

      Was that on a V-box or unrealiable/favouring drag strip timer? Imagine turning up to a drag strip in a Kluger!

  • Bryan

    I am taking my family to New Zealand later in the year for a few weeks holiday and I have booked an all wheel drive one of these as a hire car so I hope they drive nicely.  The next step up was a Prado but that was considerably more  expensive for the time that we want it.  Fuel in NZ is about $2.50 per litre at the moment so I’m hoping the Kluger isn’t too bad on fuel…

    • Cars

      Not too bad on the fuel? oops! The Prado is looking like the better option!

      • Bryan

        The Prado is a petrol too so it might be worse again!  Apparently if there aren’t any Klugers available I will get upgraded to a Prado for the same price so I’m not sure which way I want things to turn out…

        • Boofhead

          I feel sorry for your family.

          • Cam

            I feel sorry sorry for your narrow mindness!!!!!

          • Butch

            You mean “mindedness”.

          • Cars

            No he means no-mind or numb-mind but yes, your spelling is good ;P

    • Marcel

      in nz a car with handling and top class dynamics is highly beneficial. unfortunately the kluger handles like a shopping trolley on a waterbed. order an xr6, sv6, mazda6.. if you really need a suv, then the territory.

      • Cam

        A territory over a kluger what a joke, just dont expect to brake in a hurry!

        • Cars

           No, it’s a joke that you think the Kluger is better than the Terry.

          • Cam

            So you buy a Ford Territory keep it 12months and los 60%of its new car price yeah there great!!

          • $29896495

            I know you are quite aware that what you wrote was total rubbish, in every respect. 

          • Poison_Eagle

             Its a small price to pay for a little dignity instead of roll-happy kelvinator numbness.

  • Car Fanatic

    Kluger handles like a barge, not a boat, some boats are quite nimble, the Kluger is like a fat bloke trying to side step at full run.

    • Cam

      What planet are you from? I bet you have never driven any thing more than a Holden Camira!

      • Cars

        We are on Earth Cam. People that think Klugers handle well are also from Earth, they just have less oxygen getting to their brains.

      • matt

        a camira handel’s better then a kluger

    • Maple Leaf

      I saw a few of them in the Sunshine state. Quite fast for an SUV according to motor trend. At least Toyota can make something people want. Holden? Can’t even make their own engine.

  • Bill

    A lot of “arm chair”  experts on this forum, I suspect all the negative coments are from users who would not be in the market for a seven seater anyway!  I’m unfortunately in the market for a 7 seater, not a lot of choice out there if you want something reliable, with a low total cost of ownership.  I drove the Kluger and was surprised at how well it went, fast smooth and huge on the inside.  Obviously i’d prefer if it had an 8000rpm V8 and carbon fibre nipples, but at it’s price point it is a great vehicle.  I’m sure you can have it lowered and a big tan can exhaust put on the back… and even supercharged (for all you 12 year old arm chair experts)

    • F1orce

      Good and reasonable point.

      Most here have no clue about anyhing.

    • Cam

      “Bill” i have 3 real estate friends and they all drive klugers they LOVE them and one just traded his CX9 on a Grande as the Mazda has no back seat room!

      • bruster

        your friends must be doing well to pay for all that fuel.

        • Cam

          My word why are you doing it tough?

      • $29896495

        Why not just get a people mover for the Caravans and home showing? Really that’s all these things are used for.

      • Cars

        3 real estate friends? Must be a real estate agent…….

    • Cars

      Bill, it has a great engine, no doubt. Thirsty but strong. Beyond that it has little to offer against it’s true rivals. It really has awful dynamics. Drive it into a corner at speed and you will come unstuck in a hurry. This is more a safety problem than a performance issue. Tell me you’ve never misjudged your speed into a corner and I’ll tell you the Kluger is the perfect car – until that fateful day comes. As for 7 seats, it’s center seat is all but useless.
      The irony is the Kluger’s only strength is a weakness for many in the market for a 7 seat vehicle – no diesel, no sale. 

      • Bill

        Yes I found the engine to be great, the only time it felt a little wanting was going up steep hills, another ratio in the trans would be ideal.  I thought economy wasn’t bad for a big petrol wagon, I got just under 12L/100km for 900km trip that included a lot of winding, hilly country and driving round town.  Dynamics wise…  I expected the worst but was surprised, it was perfectly acceptable (maybe i’m not pushing it hard enough?)

        We have a 3yr old, a 1 year old and one on the way and did debate the merits of the centre row of seats and any shortcoming.  Basically we will be done with the Kluger before it may become a problem for us, and we even tried it with 3 car seat/booster seats and it was fine.  The massive amount of leg room means that you can step into the car and buckle the kid into the seat!

        Apart from the Territory we struggled to find anything more suitable for the $$.  We haven’t purchased one yet, so there is still time to “save” me.  I like Territorys but i’m not at all keen on having any/multiple reliability or quality issues, i’ve also not had good experiences with Ford Service. 

        I’m open to any suggestions for a 7 seat family mobile, that won’t see me/the wife visiting a service dept too often, has good acceleration, isn’t afraid of a little snow or sand, and has a 5 star crash rating (for when it does a Kluger roll.  ha ha)

        • Cars

          No worries Bill. Happy hunting and I wish you a good purchase with no regrets. Safe motoring.

  • Crazy n00b

    “It’s a family thing”.

    • Butch

      Everyone secretly hates these beasts of a car.

  • TG

    What’s the bet they do the povo pack in a 2.7 litre 4 cylinder ala Lexus RX270?

    • Poison_Eagle

       Strategically its actually a good idea, in execution it will struggle to get away from itself. Is that engine derived from the Hilux mill?

      • TG

        Nah, it’s a different motor.

  • Crazy n00b

    The next Kluger will be sourced from the US as no more Klugers/Highlanders will be made in Japan. With US wages at US$7 an hour, the next Kluger should be cheaper.

    • $29896495

      Plus tips when you flip burgers, retail plus tip on the Kluger huh?

    • MisterZed

      No, it’ll be cheaper because of the 0% import duty on vehicles from the US. This equals about $2,000 off the price of a $45,000 car.

  • Poison_Eagle

    CA you have the picture upside down, it’s meant to be on it’s roof. 

    • Cam

      That’s from people like yourself that CANT DRIVE! And a so called magizine have the hide to call themselves motoring journalists my 10 year old could drive better.

      • Guest

        Have you seen me drive? No, but then up is down when you drive a Kluger eh?
        All of the other cars in the event handled the course properly, because their ESP systems are calibrated to handle a variety of conditions.
        Under the same test as everyone else, Freddy Kluger gave them a nightmare on Derp St. With VDC ON, mind you.

        • driver

          Guest, you are being fed the wrong information. If you had read the report you would know that there was more than one Kluger doing the same test on the day and other drivers said that they had no problems with the Kluger. Maybe it comes back to the driver after all. Can you produce true figures of Kluger rollovers ? I don’t think there would be anymore than any other suv.

  • Quivive

    there was talk a while back of a Subaru version to replace the Try Try Try again Tribecca. Is this still a possibility?

  • $29896495

    lol

  • matt

    oh good lord…. +1 hahahahahaha

  • Poison_Eagle

    Yes the PC police strike again. Thank goodness for all their hard work.
    It’s starting to grate actually, why do so many things get censored, detracts majorly from the site. Everything is too sanitised and false; I like my car sites like I like my sushi and women : raw and real (respectively) .