2017 Toyota Kluger Review

2017 Toyota Kluger Review

2017 Toyota Kluger GXL Road Test and Review…

It’s been one of the most popular choices among Aussie families for a number of years now and now the 2017 Toyota Kluger boasts updated styling, more efficient engine and improved interior.

The end result is extremely impressive.

History shows that we gave the Mazda CX-9 our Car of the Year award last year, the updated Kluger has certainly come very, very close to matching its Japanese rival.

Oh, and there’s an updated Nissan Pathfinder in the mix too (details here).

The Toyota seven-seat SUV has always had an issue, fuel economy – but I can report after my week in a Kluger GXL that the tweaks Toyota made to the V6 petrol unit have paid off.

I averaged a very reasonable 10.9L/100km in my time in the Kluger.

The engine produces 218kW/350Nm and while the power comes on gradually, it certainly doesn’t want for any extra acceleration, or grunt, while on the highway/tackling hills.

The updated styling looks terrific too, and the Kluger, as always, provides heaps of space on the inside.

A fantastic addition is also this lower dashboard shelf (as you can see below).

2017 Toyota Kluger Review

This is such a simple, but such effective addition and we have to give full marks to Toyota for it.

Clear, large gauges, ultra comfortable seats, roof-mounted DVD unit, huge centre console storage area, there isn’t much not to like about it.

Perhaps, if you wanted to nitpick, you could say that the Toyota Kluger is a bit soft and floaty in its ride and handling and the steering might not be as sharp as the Mazda, all this is not a surprise given its a U.S. built vehicle though.

Comfortable, roomy, a good tourer, easy drive around town, full five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Kluger is now a much more efficient vehicle and that makes it a clear must drive proposition if a seven-seater is on your shopping list.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Toyota Kluger

Engine: 3.5 litre V6 petrol producing 218kW/350Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: United States

Price: from $43,550 (GXL from $57,550)

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