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By e jeffreys
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2002 Toyota Highlander SUV 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Best SUV we ever owned. Rides like a luxury car, handles cargo like a Surburban. Excellent performance and perfect reliability.


Best Features

Superbly engineered ergonomics.


Worst Features

A little bigger.


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160,000 miles - still going strong
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By Alan
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2002 Toyota Highlander SUV AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Our 2002 has 160,000 miles on it and has been a very reliable vehicle. I do all of my own routine maintenence work, and filers, plugs, etc., are easily accessible. The engine and auto trans still run like brand new - does not use any oil between changes, has never needed any internal engine or trans work - and never had any problems with any major components. We live on a rough gravel road, and the suspension was starting to feel a bit lose at 150,000 miles - I installed new struts, link rods, ball joints, bushings, etc. and it is back to feeling very "tight". The Idle Control Valve became dirty and caused stalling problems, but once I cleaned it problem went away.


Best Features

Very reliable vehicle and comfortable for long trips. Back in 2002 they did not offer the 3rd row, but that has never caused us a problem. With routine maintenance I expect to get at least another 100,000 miles out of it.


Worst Features

nothing


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5.5 years and still loving it!
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By Gerri
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2002 Toyota Highlander SUV 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I originally bought this car, my first Toyota, because it was rated #1 in Advanced Safety (the lighted running boards were a plus too!). Over 77,000 miles later, it still gets 22 mpg around town, 26 mpg on road trips and I've only had to replace the tires at 56,000. No other expense except for oil changes every 3,000 miles. That emissions light does come on with the gas cap issue, but I just let it stay on. Cargo compartment more than adequate for my needs -- 400 lbs of chicken feed and two bales of hay on the luggage racks on top! Back seat comfortably seats three if you need to. I just had it detailed so it is brand new all over again and I couldn't ask for a better, more dependable car


Best Features

Good gas mileage, roomy cargo, good stereo sound system, very smooth ride.


Worst Features

I'd like to sit higher up; coming from an Isuzu Rodeo, I feel like I'm not riding much higher than a car. Even the newer Highlanders seem to sit higher up.


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Roomy, reliable, ponderous gas-hog
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By AZDave
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2002 Toyota Highlander SUV 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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After five years and 27,000 miles, I have mixed feelings about our 2002 Highlander. Like all Toyotas it has been super-reliable, and maintenance has cost less than $600 including one pair of tires. However, even with the V6 engine this vehicle is fairly sluggish and gets about 16-17 mpg around town and 20-22 mpg on the highway. Handling is secure but feels ponderous. There is a bewildering array of levers protruding from the steering column. The storage compartment between the two front seats is horrible: narrow and deep, with a two-part cover that jams easily. The seats are only semi-comfortable on long trips. OK if you need an SUV, I guess, but nothing to get excited about.


Best Features

Roomy, reliable, holds lots of stuff. Not bad looking for a SUV. Decent ride.


Worst Features

Easier-to-use controls. Redesign the storage area between the front seats or ditch it altogether. Fix glitch that causes a warning light to come on if gas cap is not tightened 100% - which only the dealer can reset!


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Endless Rattling
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By Highlander2002
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2002 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Comfortable seating and large trunk space. Easy to read/use dashboard controls.


Worst Features

Fix the rattling and stiffen the suspension slightly.


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