What is the starting price for a new Toyota Kluger?
The Kluger arrives in a diverse market segment that includes the Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Palisade. While they’re slightly smaller, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe also cross over into Kluger territory.
Like all but the Palisade – which is available as an eight-seater – the Kluger has seven seats across three rows.
There are three trim levels in the Kluger range and the choice between V6 front-wheel drive, V6 all-wheel drive and hybrid all-wheel drive configurations.
That makes for nine variants in total.
The most affordable is the V6 front-drive, starting at $47,650 plus on-road costs. The AWD adds $4000, for a $51,650 start price.
If you want the hybrid – available only as an all-wheel drive – it’s another $2500, with prices kicking off at $54,150. Those good at maths will realise it’s a $6500 step-up from the base V6 into the most affordable hybrid.
Those are the prices for the GX, which comes with a healthy smattering of equipment that includes seven seats, smart key entry, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as five USB ports (three up front, two in the rear). Hybrid versions also get tri-zone automatic air-conditioning.
From there it’s a sizeable $9200 leap to the GLX ($55,850 as a 2WD V6, $60,850 as an AWD V6 and $63,350 as an AWD hybrid), which get a partial digital instrument cluster, roof rails, different-looking 18-inch wheels, fake leather seats, powered tailgate, tri-zone ventilation on all models and heating and power adjustment for the front seats.
It’s an even bigger leap to the flagship Grande, which is another $12,050 more than a GXL ($68,900 as a 2WD V6, $72,900 as an AWD V6 and $75,400 as an AWD hybrid).
For that you pick up some real leather in the trim, a panoramic sunroof, ventilation for the front seats, ambient lighting, retractable blinds for the back doors, kick sensors for opening the tailgate, head-up display, 360-degree camera and an 11-speaker JBL sound system.
There are also 20-inch wheels and a chrome grille, among other cosmetic tweaks.
How safe is it?
The Kluger has been awarded a 5-star crash rating from ANCAP. The Kluger was subject to ANCAP’s most stringent test protocols and the rating covers all variants.
There are seven airbags including curtains down each side, front-side airbags, front airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. As with rivals, the curtain airbags stretch to the third row but won’t necessarily cover the occupants’ heads in a side impact. There’s also a seatbelt warning system covering all seven seats.
Blind spot monitoring is now standard, as is rear cross traffic alert to warn of vehicles approaching from the side when reversing out of a driveway or parking space.
Toyota Safety Sense incorporates autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist detection during the day and pedestrian detection.
Toyota has included three child seat top tether points for the middle row. But unlike the rival Mazda CX-9 and Kia Sorento child seats cannot be fitted in the third row.