The Highlander receives several features upgrades for 2005. A roof rack, cargo cover and keyless entry are now standard on all models. A wiper de-icer has been added to options list for this trim.
This Highlander is the fourth tier of the six-model lineup, equipped with both AWD and the V-6.
The Standard trim Highlander has an impressive list of standard features, including full power accessories, air conditioning, keyless entry, a six speaker CD audio system, and 16 inch steel wheels. The third row of seating is also standard on this specific model, but these two seats are reserved for smaller children. Options include a rear seat DVD entertainment system, an in-dash CD changer and leather seating.
Highlander's larger engine is a 3.3 liter DOHC V-6, which provides 215 horsepower and 222 pound feet of torque. An electronically controlled five-speed automatic is the only V-6 transmission option. Fuel economy is still quite strong, at 18/24 mpg, even with more power and AWD.
The Highlander has now become Toyota's top-selling sport utility. Drivers and reviewers have enjoyed with the functionality of this vehicle, without having to compromise on handling or efficiency. A common complaint is the low towing capacity: even the V-6 will pull only 3500 pounds.