The Toyota Highlander, also known as the Toyota Kluger, is a midsize crossover SUV produced by Toyota. It is built on the same chassis as used on the Toyota Camry.
Announced in April 2000 at the New York Auto Show and arriving in late 2000 in Japan and January, 2001, in North America, the Highlander became one of the first car-based midsize SUV or midsize crossovers. The Highlander is the crossover counterpart to the more rugged, truck-based midsize 4Runner and became Toyota's best-selling SUV before being surpassed by the smaller RAV4 in 2006. In Japan, the Kluger is exclusive to dealership network called Toyota NETZ as a larger alternative to the RAV4.
Unable to use the Highlander name in Japan and Australia because of a trademarked Hyundai Terracan trim line, Toyota calls the vehicle the Toyota Kluger there, the name derived from the German word klug, which means clever or wise (klüger being the comparative form).