2001 Toyota Highlander
By Don on
2001 Toyota Highlander V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
After all the bad experiences with a Chevy, an Olds, and 2 Fords, I risked buying this the first year they were offered. One of the best decisions I've ever made. Drives well, good with my bad back, and reliable. No repairs, only scheduled maintenance. Drawbacks: burns lots of oil (2 qts on a 250 mile hwy trip), and the front seat support broke on one side. (I skipped the $800 to replace it by putting a box of paper underneath to prop it up.)
My first SUV - like being able to put things in and out without bending. Like the layout of instrumentation, dials, switches. Amazing bonus: an angled support for your LEFT foot.
Make rear wiper replacement user - friendly. Aerodynamics of having rear windows open is scary: sounds like helicopter landing on top.