Toyota Vanguard vs. Toyota Kluger – Car Comparison Review

Toyota Vanguard vs. Toyota Kluger – Car Comparison Review

SUVs like the Toyota Vanguard and Toyota Kluger provide a great amount of flexibility for Africa’s rough road conditions, thanks to their equal performance on-road and off-road. What are the similarities and differences between these popular vehicles? Take a closer look in this SUV car comparison review.

The Toyota Vanguard

The Toyota Vanguard began production as a compact middle-class SUV initially produced to replace the Toyota Kluger V model. It has a long body with a spacious cabin that allows for extra seating, and it comes in five- or seven-seat variants. The car’s overall dimensions are 4570 x 1855 x 1690 mm, and it is based on the third generation Toyota Rav4 with a long wheel base, which places it somewhere between the Toyota Rav4 and Toyota Kluger.

Front of a used 2009 Toyota Vanguard from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

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The Toyota Vanguard comes in two versions: the 240S and 350S. The 240S is a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower at 22.5kgf-m. The 350S is slightly more developed, with a 3.5 liter 6-cylinder engine producing around 280 horsepower at 35.1kgf-m. Both versions are equipped with full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD), and a number of high-tech features including steering-assisted stability control, keyless entry, and advanced satellite navigation system.

The Toyota Kluger

Also known as the Toyota Highlander in North America, the Toyota Kluger is a crossover SUV that has been in production since 2001. It is a four-door SUV with a front engine design and front wheel drive. The model spans three generations of refinement and innovation, including hybrid features like Toyota’s electronic stability control—a system that controls and integrates full-time 4-wheel drive with intelligence—electronic control brakes, throttle control, and true electronically controlled active steering.

The front of a used 2005 Toyota Kluger from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

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Second and third-generation Toyota Klugers offer a 6-cylinder 3.5-liter engine that produces 270 horsepower. The car’s overall dimensions are around 4785 x 1910 x 1730 mm, making it larger than the Toyota Vanguard.

Pricing and Standard Features Comparison

Toyota Vanguard

The side view of a used 2008 Toyota Vanguard from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Side of a used 2008 Toyota Vanguard

A used Toyota Vanguard costs around $5,000–9,200 on BE FORWARD. Its standard features include power steering, power windows, navigation controllers, and a grill guard among several others.

Toyota Kluger

The side of a used 2006 Toyota Kluger from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Side of a used 2006 Toyota Kluger

A used Toyota Kluger costs around $2,000–3,000 on BE FORWARD. For newer models (second and third generation), the car has been equipped with a higher speed automatic transmission that helps cut fuel consumption. All models include features like power steering and windows, as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS).


Make/Model: Toyota Vanguard

Average Used BF Price*: From ~$5,000 to ~$9,200


Make/Model: Toyota Kluger

Average Used BF Price*: From ~$2,000 to ~$3,000


*Based on average 2017 BE FORWARD pricing

Interior and Exterior Comparison

Toyota Vanguard

The Toyota Vanguard has slim and robust headlights that curve around the sides of its front end, with an integrated bumper and fender signalling the car’s stability. It has two sculpted lines that combine with the fog lights, conveying a sense of both refinement and strength. The sides create a silhouette that smoothly flows from the hood to the roof and the rear spoiler, adding to its visual appeal.

The interior of a used 2010 Toyota Vanguard from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Interior of a used 2010 Toyota Vanguard

The interior of the Toyota Vanguard is spacious and comfortable. The door trimmings and the bronze-tone finish used on the centre console add a taste of luxury, finished off with comfortable seats that in many models are made from a combination of genuine leather and Alcantara microfibre.

Toyota Kluger

The exterior of the Toyota Kluger is designed to reflect its sporty personality. Its forward leaning stance, bow-shaped fenders, and gently sloping roof create a sense of constant motion while also enhancing the aerodynamic performance. Fitted with large alloy wheels, the Kluger is also equipped with low resistance tyres to help reduce fuel consumption and running noise.

The interior of a used 2004 Toyota Kluger from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Interior of a used 2004 Toyota Kluger

The Toyota Kluger’s interior design provides comfort and style. In particular, it has a considerable amount of luxurious and sophisticated comfort for larger numbers of passengers, thanks to its flexible, soft touch material seating and conveniently placed cup and bottle holders. It provides heated front seats with adjustable passenger and driver positions, which also come with extra ventilation and a 2x memory function. The clever interior design also provides a large amount of space for cargo and other luggage that is easily accessed with a wide opening rear door.


Make/Model: Toyota Vanguard

Passengers: 5

Notable Features: Spacious interior, leather seats (dependant on model), alloy wheels


Make/Model: Toyota Kluger

Passengers: 5

Notable Features: Heated seats, large cargo space, wide opening back door


Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

Toyota Vanguard

The engine of a used 2008 Toyota Vanguard from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Engine of a used 2008 Toyota Vanguard

The Vanguard 350S has a naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engine that runs on petrol, and produces a maximum 276 brake horsepower, while the 240S produces an average 170 brake horsepower and has a displacement capacity of 2362cc. The Vanguard has a 60-liter fuel tank capacity.

Toyota Kluger

The engine of a used 2006 Toyota Kluger from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Engine of a used 2006 Toyota Kluger

The Toyota Kluger features a 6-cylinder, 3.5-liter internal combustion engine, that produces 270 horsepower of 270. It also has a 5-speed automatic transmission. It has a 70-liter tank and an average engine displacement of 2364 cc. It also yields a torque of roughly 221 Nm, with its main fuel option being petrol.

When comparing the two vehicles’ overall engine and motor specifications, the Toyota Kluger has a slightly better fuel efficiency than the Toyota Vanguard.


Make/Model: Toyota Vanguard

Engine: ~2,360cc


Make/Model: Toyota Kluger

Engine: ~2,360cc to ~2,990cc


Toyota Vanguard vs. Toyota Kluger: Verdict

Seeing as the Toyota Vanguard and Toyota Kluger are from the same family and share a number of similar features and specifications, both models provide an equally excellent driving experience and overall handling.

The rear of a used 2003 Toyota Kluger from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Rear of a used 2003 Toyota Kluger

For those in the market for a smaller SUV the Vanguard may be the best choice, while those looking for a larger SUV with a slightly more powerful engine may opt for the Kluger.

Regarding pricing, on average a used Toyota Kluger can often be imported at a cheaper price compared with the Toyota Vanguard. With this in mind, for those on a tighter budget the Kluger may be a good choice.

The rear of a used 2012 Toyota Vanguard from used car dealer BE FORWARD.

Above: Rear of a used 2012 Toyota Vanguard

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