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2002 Toyota Highlander SUV


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Toyota Highlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 155 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Toyota Highlander

  • An oversized Camry wagon that went equipment- and clothes-shopping at REI. It's not a real SUV, but it's a really nice SUV pretender.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy interior, car-like ride and handling, spunky V6 engine.

  • Cons

    Rear seat is uncomfortably low, no third-row seat, limited towing and off-road abilities.

  • What's New for 2002

    Toyota's car-based Highlander SUV receives no changes this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (221 total reviews)

Bad engine!

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

We bought our Highlander four years ago and have loved it til now. It seems there are a batch of Toyota 6cyl engines with bad valve seals. Toyota was repairing these engines until 2010. They absolve themselves after a vehicle is 8 years old. We bought our Highlander in 2010 with only 87000mi. It now has 133000mi. Now in the last six months the engine consumes large quantities of oil. The symptom of these engines with bad seals is they consume oil when driven at highway speeds. A service mgr at the local Toyota dealer confirmed this valve seal problem when I described the pattern of oil consumption, a $2700. repair at the dealer if it is still repairable! the six seals cost $6 each!

Keeps going

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I purchased this car with 72,000 miles on it. I have 130,000 with no major problems. Get around 23 MPG over all. Runs good for only having a 4 cyl. I would buy another.

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Love my highlander!

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

We bought our 2002 dark green 4 cyl Highlander new, and it now has 353,800 miles on it! We have replaced the catalytic converters, A/C knob, and just recently, the timing chain. The car still looks great inside and out. When (if!) it ever dies, I'll buy another one. We have always owned Toyotas because they are so dependable and low-maintenance, but this is the best one ever.

Gas Mileage


  • 19
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  • 25
  • highway
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Full 2002 Toyota Highlander Review

What's New for 2002

Toyota's car-based Highlander SUV receives no changes this year.

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A few days ago I went to take my 2002 Highlander AWD 3.0L V6 with 210,000 miles from work to get some lunch and found the doors locked and the left and right turn signals front and rear were both flas...

I have 2006 Highlander AWD 6cyl. I only get 12 mpg. Veh has 4812 miles. I use 93 octane only. Tires are fine. No problems otherwise. Rarely use A/C or defroster. Some street and highway driving. I wor...

Please let me know if you have installed cross bars on a 2008 Highlander. Describe how you removed rear covers without breaking them. I saw a post for 2002 models, but want to know if it is the same...