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Base Key Features & Specs

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New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 3.3L DOHC SFI 24-valve VVT-i V6 engine
  • 5-speed ECT automatic transmission
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
  • Full-time 4-wheel drive
  • 100-amp alternator
  • 5360# GVWR
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/L-shaped lower arm
  • Dual-link MacPherson struts rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P225/70R16 all-season tires
  • 16" 5-spoke styled steel wheels
  • Full-size spare
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
  • 19.1 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Roof rack
  • Color-keyed front/rear bumpers
  • Color-keyed body-side moldings
  • Color-keyed grille
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps w/auto-off
  • Color-keyed pwr mirrors
  • UV reduction windshield
  • Privacy glass-inc: rear side/quarter/tailgate windows
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent front wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Color-keyed door handles

Interior Features

  • Fabric-trimmed multi-adjustable front captains chairs
  • 6-way manual driver seat
  • Fabric-trimmed 60/40 split/fold flat 2nd row seat-inc: (7) step recline, slide forward feature, center armrest w/(2) adjustable cup holders
  • Fabric-trimmed fold-flat 3rd row seat-inc: (4) step recline
  • Height-adjustable headrests at all outboard seating positions
  • Center console-inc: (2) adjustable cup holders, storage compartment, floor-level storage tray
  • Silver interior trim
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Analog instrument cluster-inc: tachometer, LCD odometer w/twin tripmeters, water temp/fuel gauges
  • Indicators-inc: seat belt, airbag, door ajar, battery, oil pressure, brake, check engine, scheduled maintenance, washer fluid, low fuel, VSC, ABS
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • Pwr windows-inc: driver auto up/down, jam protection, lockout
  • Pwr door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Multi-function remote keyless entry
  • Remote hood/fuel door releases
  • Defroster-linked air conditioning w/air filtration
  • 3rd row rear seat heating system w/separate fan speed controls
  • Rear window defogger
  • AM/FM stereo w/cassette/CD player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Fixed mast antenna
  • Digital quartz clock
  • Cigarette lighter w/front & rear ashtrays
  • Fabric door trim w/map pockets
  • Dual sun visors-inc: vanity mirrors, sliding extensions
  • Overhead console w/maplights
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Door courtesy lamps
  • Dual rear door bottle holders
  • Front/cargo area auxiliary pwr outlets
  • Cargo area tie down hooks
  • Cargo area tonneau cover

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags w/occupant classification sensor
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seat positions w/drivers emergency locking retractor (ELR), automatic locking retractor (ALR) & emergency locking retractor (ELR) for all passenger positions
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners/force limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchors
  • Child restraint system (CRS) top tether anchors for all rear seating positions
  • ISO-FIX child restraint system (CRS) anchors for outboard seating positions
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear energy-absorbing crumple zones

2005 Toyota Highlander Owner Reviews

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Safe, comfortable, safe family vehicle

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

I love my Highlander. When it eventually dies, I plan to buy another one. It is a perfect size for my family at its current size (2 adults, 2 kids in car seats), through the middle seat between the 2 car seats will only fit a small person. It has the clips for the car seats to make installation a breeze. It is a 2005, so it could use some technology updates that are offered with newer versions, but perfectly functional as is. It has a 1-disc CD player and a tape deck. We use a converter to connect tape deck to our smartphones. The front bucket seats and the main row are very comfortable. The fold-in 3rd row is quite tight, but we have fit 2 adults in seat belts back there for a drive across town a couple times. With the 3rd row down (more typical for us), there is plenty of space for luggage or groceries or hauling everyday things. My only complaints are fairly minor. One is that the AC belt wears out every 2-3 years and needs to be replaced. My vehicle stability control light will not go away for more than 5 minutes despite it being shut off by a couple mechanics. My Highlander is at 298,500 miles and still running strong. I highly recommend to anyone who asks.

- Kristen P

Good and reliable Toyota Highlander with an engine still on fire.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

My Toyota Highlander is about 14 years old. I must say aircon works really well. It takes me to places. And it's able to handle far and long drives. Everything is in good shape. Oil change and safety check is up to date. It's nice and roomy car. Able to fit at least 10 people in your car. Really comfortable drive and space. Easy to manage and drive. But the engine is getting old. She needs to be replaced and ASAP. Engine starting to smell like it's burning. Sometimes you can smell it through your car. But over all performance wise is on point and still strong.

- Kenneth O

Why I love my Highlander!

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

Very reliable, low maintenance, & good mileage. There is plenty space for outdoor equipment, such as camping gear. & rack on top for luggage or hauling kayaks. There an extra row of seating. So 7 passengers can fit. Great family vehicle. It is also All wheel drive for off road driving & drives well in snow & all weather conditions. It is V6 engine great power to pull trailer too. The back seats fold down for more space if needed. Easy to clean cloth interior. Cruise control. No problems with vehicle, runs smooth & great for vacation road trips.

- Wendy K

Great Quality... Good Price.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

Good riding car, no real problems in the car, the cloths seat make for easy comfort and the trunk base allows for multiple carrying options. The base model has everything that we need and enough electronics to keep you busy and not expensive if they break. Since we have had the car, the only thing we had to replace was wipers and tires. Soon will be breaks but has good gas mileage for mid size SUV. Back seat has plenty of room for both kids and some. Don't have to worry about them kicking the seat when someone seats up front.

- Stephanie W

Great car but terrible visibility.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

It drives great and has room for everything, even in the trunk. However, the visibility on it is TERRIBLE. You can't see when backing out because the sides near the back window are too bulky. A lot of the tech in it also breaks easily but the actual car is great for anyone: a single person, someone with a family, male or female. Mine is also older, it is a 2005 so I'm sure Toyota has improved the tech since then.

- Bridget R

Great Smooth Riding & Reliable Vehicle

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

My Highlander is reliable and great in the winter. Have no problems navigating through snow and has great traction on ice. However, I have had quite a bit of electrical issues w/it. Had to replace, 2 window regulators and locks. Had CD player, sunroof, and wiper arm repaired. My heat and radio control knobs also need repairing.

- Tanya C

The perfect family vehicle.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

I love my Highlander. It's perfect for a family of 4. The back seats fold down so you can also haul things. The front seats are very comfortable and long distance driving is made easy with the comfort of this vehicle This car also comes with a roof rack, if you need extra room for travel you can also use the roof.

- Amanda S

A boring however strong car

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

The car inside is so basic. There aren't any special about the design. The heating and cooling control is manual. The chairs are made from fabric. The only good thing about my car is that it has third row seat which I can set it up when I want. The engine of my Toyota highlander is prey strong.

- Hanh N

My highlander is dependable and holds memories of multiple family adventures.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

Current problem is when Highlander is idling the engine stutters. The battery has been replaced and is in good condition. The ride is smooth. Highlander is reliable for my 35 minute drive to and from work. Would like to get a newer version but do not like the style of the current style.

- Amanda R

Very reliable car with plenty of space

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

Handles well, very reliable. doesn't have iPhone connection but can use cigarette lighter for adapter. Can pull very heavy loads, and fits a lot inside as well. Could be more comfortable, long drives can be difficult but are definitely doable. I wish it were a bit more gas efficient

- Chloe B

The shape of the car and the fabric seats.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

The car runs okay. Sometimes the vehicle shakes when it goes above 80 miles per hour. It has had a lot of problems with the breaks always giving out when stopping suddenly. We've had to fix/replace the breaks twice because of it. This car does not need support weight well either.

- Abigail R

Reliable and have a longevity to them. Have lasted well over 10 years.

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

It's been a very reliable car. When I am ready to buy will definitely look at a Highlander again. It's roomy without being too big inside. Seating is very comfortable. Toyota's really have a longevity as I have owned two of them and they have lasted well over 10 years.

- Emily E

I love my Highlander.it's a great car!

2005 Toyota Highlander Base

I love my Highlander. It has a third row that folds up when needed. The back holds all our supplies and groceries etc. it's comfortable and has a smooth ride. The only thing I don't like about it is the upholstery on the seats (light beige) shows stains really easily.

- Maggie M

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