A mix of strong and weak points
By Dave N. on
2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
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!
Reliable, fairly roomy, decent cargo capacity.
Redesign the center storage console! Move some controls from steering column to dashboard.