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2002 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x2
Pros: Separate front/rear temp controls, even with sunroof. Competition does not have separate rear controls available with a sunroof.
Cons: For my wife, the primary driver of this vehicle , it's that darn blindspot caused by second row outboard headrest .
Advice: Look at the Yukon/Tahoe, then compare overall with this vehicle. This should have better resale down the road, and has a greater level of safety features.Fit, finish, and function are excellent! The ride is not as soft as our Suburban, but is not far off the Yukon we test drove. Driver blind spot resulting from the oversize headrest at the 2nd row passenger side is a problem for shorter drivers. Solution may be to remove this headrest until needed to carry a taller passenger in that position. Young children will not require the headrest. Shoulder belts at all seats a big plus, with outboard adjustable shoulder harnesses in the 1st and second rows great for kids and shorter adults to prevent harness from strangling them. Storage bins throughout, cupholders. Cloth is the seat material of our choice for passenger all weather comfort. Outstanding safety features include Vehicle Skid Control, ABS, limited slip control for 4WD. Bigger than the Yukon, more cargo room, better seatbelts, front, side, and sidecurtain airbags, yet
2002 Toyota Sienna - CE
Pros: The tinted windows.
Cons: The third row seating.
Advice: I suggest you get the most expensive the XLE because the minivan would be alot better if you had leather and more options than the CE.I like the Sienna very much, but it also has many bad qualities. The steering is alittle rough and the third row seating is very hard to get into. However, the minivan drives very smoothly and and the quality of the car is just amazing.
2002 Toyota Camry - XLE V6 (A4)
Pros: I love the GPS Navigation and heated seats.
Cons: No multi-disc CD changer.
Advice: Buy itMy Wife and I recently bought a 2002 XLE V6 with all the bells and whistles, it's like being a kid in a candy store! The car is exceptionally quiet and very very comfortable! I recently had a 6'+ passenger in the back seat and he commented on the leg room and comfort. Plenty of power too! If I could only pry the steering wheel from her hands long enough so I could drive it!
2002 Toyota Highlander - Base FWD
Pros: The drivers seat its like setting in a airplane cockpit.
Cons: The Brakes
Advice: Learn the feel of the Brakes outside of that it is the best vehicle I ever ownedDrives and rides very smoothly and is great for making tight turns is narrow places. I have the V-6 and it gets great gas mileage for its size (17 mpg) around town. The side airbags are a great item to have on the Highlander makes me feel safer as I drive down the road. I also have the traction control for driving on slick roads. The Highlander is well equipped and a pleasure to drive. The Radio,CD Player & Tape player are perfect sounding and easy to play. It has quick speed when you step on the accelerator for passing. The seats are very comfortable and you can haul a lot of cargo if need be there is plenty of room in it for 5 passengers + cargo. The Highlander is as solid and built as good as any (SUV)$40,000 & up vehicle you can buy, and its reasonably priced in my book.
2002 Toyota Corolla - CE (M5)
Pros: Automatic Lights that come on when its dark and go off by themselves.
Cons: The cupholder is a little flimsy.
Advice: If you are looking for an economical family-sized car with nice features this is for you!It is good acceleration. Smooth handling, and can park on a dime.
2002 Toyota Camry - SE V6 (A4)
Pros: The car feels 'solid'.
Cons: The grinding sound with wheels spinning on snowpacked roads.
Advice: Test drive this car on a rural road covered with snow and black ice.On dry pavement our Camry V6SE is great.Since it snowed here two days ago, driving is rated 'poor' because even with 'traction control',we can't get this car up the driveway. Perhaps I need to sand the driveway and put on snow tires. I didn't bargain on this kind of problem. I have another car, an '87 Dodge Colt. It got up the driveway with no problem. What gives?? Disappointed in Millbury,Mass.
2002 Toyota Camry - LE (M5)
Cons: What's not to like?
Advice: Drive others first; then you will love this even moreQuiet (not only is the engine quiet but there is a lack of wind or road noise), very comfortable driver seat, roomy interior and trunk , excellent ride, excellent sound system, great ergonomics, great gas mileage. I am talking about the 4 cylinder LE model which I bought. 157 horsepower gives adequate acceleration unless you are the race driver type. They also offer a 6 cylinder if you are so inclined.