2002 Toyota Highlander Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2002 Toyota Highlander 2.4L 4 cylinder. from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

It's the best

Faults:

Haven't had anything go wrong with the car. as soon as I purchased it I switched it to Amsoil synthetic oil and Amsoil filters... had all fluids changed, brake pads changed, filters changed etc. all with OEM parts at the Toyota dealership.

General Comments:

We're tired of seeing the Hummer H2 as the new soccer mom vehicle of choice. My wife works at a school and 2nd graders getting dropped off in this behemoth of an SUV is ridiculous, we think... considering that it's them and mom as the only passengers in the car. The Hummer is built to run over land mines in Iraq, not take orange slices to the team at the soccer field.

ALL that to say, we wanted a bigger car with a roof rack (we like to bike, camp and backpack and plan on kayaking soon) but we wanted the car to be good to the environment... looked at honda and toyota as we always do. GM, Ford & Dodge still make cars? Not sure why on God's green earth anybody would buy them, but oh well. Looked at the CRV & Pilot, the Highlander and 4 Runner. Wanted some other sucker to eat the depreciation so we bought the car from the auction. Bought a Highlander in desert sand mica color with factory installed leather for $13,900 ($15,500 after taxes, auction fees etc.) and it had 56k miles on it... this was back in April '06. Sold our old 2001 Camry to help pay off the loan, which we now have, so what we're left with is this: a beautiful '02 Highlander with great leather, in perfect shape (ran a Car Fax on it before we bought), great GROUND CLEARANCE (have you looked at the Honda CRV, Pontiac Aztek, the Buick Rendezvous and the Saturn VUE--how cna they call those SUV's -- their ground clearance is WORSE than what my old Camry was!! -- the Highlander has several inches of ground clearance!) and with plenty of power, even though it is the 2.4 L 4 cyl. There's something about the 2MZFE VVT engine Toyota makes...it's torqued really well. I have never felt underpowered in this car--that lie is coming from those Hummer drivers.

Get a Highlander--they're built in Japan so you know the build quality is excellent... they get great gas mileage; they're extremely comfortable and versatile and cheap to insure. Did I mention safe?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2006

8th Mar 2008, 21:33

I also like the 2.4 L 4 cyl engine. It has a timing chain (!). I have that engine in a 5-speed manual '06 Camry and in our Highlander (which is only available with automatic transmission). Of course with the automatic, you will not be winning any drag races. I noticed that they have discontinued the 4-cylinder option on the new '08 generation Highlander.

2002 Toyota Highlander Pkg B AWD V6 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carAcura 1.6 EL

Summary:

An excellent family wagon

Faults:

Rear wheel bearings replaced at 20K. They were squeaking.

Rear struts and strut assemblies replaced at 48k to repair a clunking over bumps. Next, upper control arms were replaced to solve the problem. After 4 trips to the dealer, the problem is fixed.

Leather seats starting to crack at 50K. Plastic interior panels behind seat belts are easily scratched.

Wind noise is horrible. You have to open all 4 windows to avoid it.

General Comments:

Very smooth riding car with only a few flaws. I attribute my repairs as atypical, and would recommend this car. The "limited" version is not worth the money; one should consider an Acura MDX for this much dough.

Traction at any speed is very good. Winter (snow) is never a problem.

My '02 did not have a heated seat option. It is available in the '04 model and it is a necessity!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

2002 Toyota Highlander Limited V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired26 miles
Most recent distance240 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

A wonderfully designed SUV that drives like a car!

Faults:

I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever with my Highlander!

General Comments:

This is the most awesome car I have ever owned!

I really wanted an SUV, but I didn't want the "truck" feel of one. Being that the Highlander is built on a Camry frame, makes it drive like a car with all the spaciousness of an SUV.

It drives so smoothly, and is so quiet!

I love the sound system, especially the 6 CD changer, and the way the stereo and air conditioning/heater components have been designed in the car, makes it very easy to make adjustments to either without taking too much of your attention off the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2002

1st Nov 2006, 21:43

The Highlander SHOULD drive like a car. It is basically an underpowered Camry with a fat and ugly body.

2002 Toyota Highlander 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

What a ride!

Faults:

You cannot lower back windows on the highway with the front windows up. The noise is very loud, and damaging.

General Comments:

Its the best vehicle I've ever had

The small motor is very peppy. I would never get the 6 now that I see how the 4 works.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

2002 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0 liter 24-valve VVT-i V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter 24-valve VVT-i V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance9217 miles
Previous carLexus LS400

Summary:

Marvelous transporting people and cargo

Faults:

My Highlander has had absolutely no faults of any kind.

General Comments:

A most satisfying vehicle with superior safety, comfort of ride, cargo capacity, acceleration and braking.

The Highlander All Wheel Drive with Vehicle Skid Control + advanced traction control has allowed it to perform without any slippage whatsoever in 2 major blizzards and later slush.

As a driver of 6'6" I enjoy the expansive roominess and seat support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews