2002 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: 5.5 years and still loving it!

2002 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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5.5 years and still loving it!
By Gerri on


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


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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