What is the 2005 Toyota Highlander’s life expectancy?

I recently bought a used 2005 Toyota Highlander with about 190,000 miles on it—it’s in pretty good condition, but I was just wondering how much longer I can realistically expect it to last. What is the 2005 Toyota Highlander’s life expectancy?

Andrew Biro · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Officially, the 2005
Toyota Highlander
is built to last approximately 250,000 miles without needing serious repairs, but many customers have been able to reach over 300,000 miles without much issue—in most cases, you can expect a 2005 Toyota Highlander to last between 18 and 22 years.
In general, Toyota is pretty well known for producing reliable, well-built trucks and SUVs, and the 2005 Toyota Highlander is no exception—boasting a 4.7-star consumer rating on both Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds, the 2005 Toyota Highlander easily falls into the top ten most reliable models built by Toyota.
Of course, the projected lifespan is all well and good, but it isn’t a guarantee nor a definitive cutoff. Ultimately, the life expectancy of your 2005 Toyota Highlander depends on three things: annual mileage, routine maintenance, and accident history.
  • Annual mileage: In the U.S., most vehicles are driven 14,000 miles per year—if your 2005 Toyota Highlander has, on average, been driven less than this estimate, it may last over 22 years.
  • Routine maintenance: Adhering to a regular maintenance schedule is the most important thing you can do to extend your Highlander’s lifespan—even missing just one oil change can impact your car’s long-term health.
  • Accident history: If your Highlander has ever been involved in an accident—even one that wasn’t that serious—you may not be able to get as many miles out of it.
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