2002 Chevrolet S10

  • 2002 Chevrolet S10 Base Crew Cab Pickup

    Base Crew Cab Pickup

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      4.3L V6
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  • 2002 Chevrolet S10 Base Extended Cab Pickup

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      2.2L I4
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  • 2002 Chevrolet S10 Base Regular Cab Pickup

    Base Regular Cab Pickup

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2002 Chevrolet S10 Review

Compact pickup with a range of configurations to suit almost every driver.

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The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 is a compact pickup that comes in a range of configurations and trim levels to provide the optimal setup for almost every owner. Two different engines and transmissions, three body styles, and two trim levels provide the practicality of a pickup truck coupled with the maneuverability and size of a car. Although it's in need of a redesign, it's loaded with value, particularly when the price and range of configurations are taken into consideration.

The Range

Body styles: truck
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet S-10, Chevrolet S-10 LS, Chevrolet S-10 LS ZQ8, Chevrolet S-10 LS Xtreme, Chevrolet S-10 LS ZR2

What's New

The last time the Chevrolet S-10 underwent a redesign was in 1994, and although the compact pickup is long past due, it remains relatively unchanged. Features that became standard for all models of the 2002 Chevrolet S-10 includes air-conditioning and a tachometer, while the extended-cab models have gained an optional third door on the driver’s side for access to the cargo area. In Northern States, the Cold Weather package is standard for all models.


The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 offer four configurations to choose from. The regular cab models have a six-foot bed and come with rear drive only. The extended-cab models also have a six-foot bed with a larger cab area and can be fitted with rear drive or all-wheel drive. The crew cab models have four-wheel drive only and a 4.5-foot bed with the same dimensions as the extended cab due to the increased cabin area. It also has four full-size doors for entry and exit into the front and rear passenger areas.


The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 can seat from two to five passengers based on the model and configuration. There are several different front seat options to choose from, including bucket seats, a three-passenger front bench, and a three-passenger split front bench with an armrest that can be folded down. The Crew Cab seats up to five passengers with two bucket front seats and a bench seat in the rear. Two fold down jump seats are included in the rear of the extended cab, but the space is limited so it's good for short rides only. If the optional third door is installed, the jump seat behind the driver is removed.

The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 offers cheap quality in comparison to competitors. Regardless, the instruments, gauges, and controls are easy to read and functional on the upright dash. Seating is available with either cloth or vinyl upholstery with plastic used for the trim.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 offers two different engines and transmissions available. All rear-drive models have a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 120 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. It's coupled with a five-speed manual transmission as standard and A four-speed automatic transmission as optional. Four-wheel-drive models are equipped with a 4.3-liter, V-6 engine as standard. It has a power rating of 180 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. This engine is optional for the rear-drive models. Extended cabs come with the five-speed manual transmission as standard, while the crew cabs have the four-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 provides adequate power for acceleration, although the four-cylinder has a marked improvement in performance when coupled with the manual transmission. Steering and handling is good, and the LS Xtreme is one of the best pickups when it comes to handling. Some body lean is felt in all other versions, but the ride is smooth with the base suspension. Firmer suspensions provide a much bumpier ride, and wind noise can be evident, but road and engine noise is minimal, except when the engine is cold.


The 2002 Chevrolet S-10 offers anti-lock brakes and dual airbags as standard safety equipment. Crash test scores were middling for both front and side impacts, as well as rollover crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet S-10 (four-cylinder): 17/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet S-10 (V-6): 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Acceleration of the V-6 engine
  • Instruments and controls
  • Range of configurations

You Won't Like

  • Cheap quality of interior plastics
  • Dated style in need of refresh
  • Low crash test scores

Sum Up

Compact pickup with a range of configurations to suit almost every driver.

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