Toyota Kluger 2014-2018 used car review
RACV rates the third generation of Toyota’s versatile seven-seat SUV.
The 2014, third-generation Kluger consolidated its place as a true family-focused soft-roader in Toyota’s diverse SUV line-up. It was a major step up from the previous generation, with seven seats as standard, more cabin space and a new six-speed sequential automatic backing its already proven V6 petrol engine.
This medium to large US-built wagon can be found in three family-friendly equipment grades, all with the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating. In each level there is the choice of front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
The most popular model advertised on the used market is the entry-level GX, with an even split between the mid-spec GXL and top-of-the-range Grande. The majority of GX models are FWD, while AWD become a little more popular as you move up in spec levels. It’s worth noting that all models are equipped with an awkward foot-operated park brake.
Unlike many SUVs that offer a choice of petrol or diesel engines, the Kluger comes equipped only with a petrol engine. It’s a smooth 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 that is shared with other Toyota and Lexus models. It produces a healthy 201kW of power at 6200rpm and 337Nm of torque at a relatively high 4700rpm.
The transmission is automatic only, but a step up from the previous model’s five-speed auto to a six-speed improved both performance and fuel economy. The Kluger accelerates strongly and cruises comfortably, but can still be thirsty at times. Maximum towing capacity is a handy 2000kg, with a maximum ball loading of 200kg.