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Toyota Highlander 2002 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
Comfortable on the highway and suitable for the occasional dune or trail, the Highlander is a compelling blend of the virtues that appeal to most SUV buyers. Based on components from the new Camry, it's conceptually similar to the Lexus RX300, though roomier and less costly. A 2.4-liter, 155-hp four-cylinder engine serves as the standard powerplant; a smooth 3.0-liter V6 is optional. As with other AWD car-based SUVs, the Highlander is better suited to rough-weather road conditions than to heavy-duty off-roading. It's quiet and roomy, with a comfortable ride and easy-to-use controls. Handling is responsive in routine driving but can become twitchy at the limits, even with the available stability-control system. An optional DVD rear entertainment system is new this year. Good offset crash-test results round out this highly rated SUV.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. ESC available, standard from 2004. Side air bags available, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.

Road Test

The Highlander was the first car-based, mid-sized SUV in its price range. The refined and effortless powertrain is combined with a supple ride and easy access. These serve to enhance the spacious, quiet, and comfortable interior to make Highlander a...


  • Ride, powertrain, quietness, accommodations.


  • Emergency handling.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (220 hp)