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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Toyota Highlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Endless rattling

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I had bought this car used at a local dealership with 10k miles on it. After a few months, I had started to notice some minor rattling coming from the trunk area. I had brought it back to the dealership and they claimed to have replaced some clips. Still rattles. A few months later, I bought it to another dealership for the recall and again complained about the rattle. They added some foam, but the noise is still there. Over the years, more rattling started to appear from the dash and trunk. It's beginning to sound like my old 1984 Supra. At least the car is reliable. Hasn't broken down once.




An '02... 60k+... & still

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Replacing our '95 4Runner (purchased new) was our '02 Highlander (purchased new - 3.0l V6 4x2). Occupants appreciate the comfortable and plush interior. The Camry-based ride is tight and refined. The original 16" Goodyears were just replaced @ 60K (with same). Absolutely NO mechanical problems to date. An extremely sure-footed vehicle (further enhanced with VSC) in foul weather. Much easier to park/maneuver than a larger SUV. I would describe the exterior styling as modestly elegant. We experience 23 mpg in mixed driving, approaching 30 mpg hwy. Overall, an excellent value.




Super suv

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

We wanted a SUV style vehicle to replace a Conversion Van. Researched SUV's for quality, design, ride. Also, talked to other with SUV's. The Highlander Limited came out ahead. I'm not into off road stuff so a "car-ish" rather than a "truck-ish" ride was, and has been, the best solution for me. My 2002 Highland was purchased used with a Toyota Used Car Certification check. Have had no problems and enjoy driving it in the city and on the highway. I'd do it all over again with Toyota.




Good runner

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

A good running solid to the road feel vehicle with quite reasonable fuel economy. Why is there no power seat on the passenger side? No defect complaints. Driven a # of different Crossover type vehicles and this one beats them all in comfort and ride. The Big three needs to match this quality.




Wow! was i impressed.

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

If I go into all the items that I like about this car, you would think that I was working for the company. My job has me on the road a lot, so I see many driving conditions on and off the highway. Ride for the Highlander is fabulous. Road noise is kept to a minimum. Handling is excellent. Turning radius compares to a much smaller vehicle. Stereo in the Limited is wonderful for roadtrips or intown cruising. Seat positioning is outstanding for heights of 5'0-6'0. Rear legroom is incredible.




The perfect car!

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

In 2001 I discovered the Toyota Sequoia, and I watched as it increased 10K in price in 14 mos. Then I found the Highlander. It is the perfect combination of truck, performance, reliability, safety, cargo, quality, and comfort available for the price. Expensive? Perhaps, but compared to EVERYTHING else its a steal. If you have 50K for a car, get a Sequoia, but if you have 50K, why not just get the Lexus! For the rest of us - Highlander!!



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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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Talk About The 2002 Highlander

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budh
budh
04-06-2014
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...


_jwc
_jwc
07-19-2014
Hi ... 2002 Highlander, in-law hand-me-down. :)...


joconnor
joconnor
02-17-2007
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...



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