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By highlander lover!
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2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Besides the expensive $35K+ SUVs, this has to be the best buy for your money! This car is so reliable, and hasn't broken down yet, even at 65,000 miles! All we have done is changed the oil twice, and changed the tires at 30K miles. Oh, the goodyears that originally came on the Highlander were "interesting." We replaced them with michelins. very satisfied with this purchase, way better than any van or the honda pilot! Very comfortable car, can tow up to 3K pounds (tried it before, works great with the V6, even up the steep hills in the Grapevine in N. LA county), good acceleration, nice looking, average gas mileage is about 20 MPG, mostly street driving. Not bad eh? Great car overall!


Best Features

Reclining back seats, towing ability, cargo space, overall design, V6 engine, gas mileage, running boards, full size spare tire!!


Worst Features

Navigation on the 06-07 highlanders be more "integrated" and luxurious, more back seat leg room (there is enough, more would be nice), better standard tires, thats it!


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A mix of strong and weak points
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By Dave N.
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2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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My lease on this Highlander runs out soon and I am undecided whether I should buy it, or turn it in. It's been very reliable, with one odd recurring problem: if you don't tighten the gas cap completely, a light comes on to indicate a problem with the emission controls. To get it reset, you have to take the vehicle to a dealer! It is heavy and feels ponderous. Fuel efficiency (19 mpg) is OK for a two-ton vehicle, but acceleration is mediocre even with the V6. The seats are not very comfortable on long trips. The controls on the steering column are confusing at night. The deep, narrow console between the front seats is horrible; stuff at the bottom is impossible to reach!


Best Features

Reliable, fairly roomy, decent cargo capacity.


Worst Features

Redesign the center storage console! Move some controls from steering column to dashboard.


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Worth the $$$$$
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By gene-n-vonda
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2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I have owned many different vehicles, mostly american made, but this was my 1st non-american made vehicle, and should I add... BY FAR the BEST of ALL!! I am sold on my Toyota. Great mileage, freat ride & handling & gives me the SUV look & room that I love. What more could you ask for?


Best Features

Mileage, looks, handling, ride & the snow button is awesom! I love everything about it!


Worst Features

Maybe more towing capacity.


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I love my Highlander
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By Dave
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2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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This is my car for transition to retirement. I was a financial advisor and always drove cars that were less than 3 years old. This one was for work and retirement. It is now five years old and I am going for ten. It is maintenance free. I carry kayaks on the top, paddles inside, use it to take stuff to the dump, and use it to take my wife to nice functions. In fact, I am using it to drive a candidate for Comptroller of the whole state of CT. I love this car.


Best Features

Ease of converting from sedan to wagon to haul stuff to the dump. Rack.


Worst Features

Hybrid for all models of Highlander.


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Would've been good. Should've.
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By LostRealist
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2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Good car, but it does have problems. I don't know if we got a lemon, or if this is just the way this car is. We bought this car new, and since then have only put 45,000 miles on it. The engine is very noisy now, which can't be due to a bad driver. The family member that drives this is very gentle with it, making no use of the 200-some hp engine. Gas mileage is pretty poor for a Toyota, even if it is an SUV. Had to replace the blower fan and motor for the a/c 3 times already. It's starting to go out again. Original brakes are still on it and even though they don't need to be replaced anytime soon, they still emit a soft high-pitched sqeal.


Best Features

Cargo space (didn't get the 3-row seats), audio system, the V6 241-hp engine, AWD


Worst Features

fix the problem with a/c, brakes, little more comfort wouldn't hurt, WAY better gas mileage (this is a toyota, SUV or not, should get gas mileage like a toyota, especially if it's build on a camry chassis)


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