2002 Chevrolet Tracker

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2002 Chevrolet Tracker Review

A compact SUV with a compact price tag but lacks performance and comfort.

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Overview

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker compact sport utility vehicle that is sold exclusively in the North American market and is essentially a re-badged version of the Suzuki Vitara. Three different trim lines and two body styles are available. The base and ZR2 models come as either a two-door convertible or a four-door wagon SUV, while the upscale LT comes in the four-door body style only. All are either rear drive or four-wheel drive, and there are two different engines based on which trim level is chosen. With the launch, only minor changes were seen from the previous year’s model.

The Range

Body styles: SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tracker, Chevrolet Tracker ZR2, Chevrolet Tracker LT

What's New

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker now comes with an AM/FM CD player audio system as standard. The four-door models have a roof rack fitted as standard. New alloy wheels are available for the ZR2 and LT models, and the running boards have been dropped from the LT model. Finally, new exterior paint colors are available as are additional options for all models.

Exterior

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker is built using body-on-frame construction with the four-door version having a longer wheelbase and overall length than the convertible. The convertible is equipped with a manually folding soft top, and all models have the spare tire mounted on the rear tailgate, which opens to the right like a door. The ZR2 is the sporty model and is differentiated from the other trim lines with a blacked out grille five-spoke aluminum wheels with wider tires, and wheel opening moldings. The upscale LT is the luxury offering and has a chrome grille and silver side cladding on the body.

Interior

Based on the 2002 Chevrolet Tracker's body style, either four or five passengers can be accommodated. The four-door version will seat two adults in the rear quite comfortably, but to have three passengers in the rear seats, they will likely be children. All models have a split fold rear seat that can be folded down to provide greater cargo space as needed. The comfort of the seats is good, although the materials used for the interior look and feel cheap in quality.

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker has air-conditioning and an audio system with a CD player as standard features. The LT trim line has upgraded cloth upholstery and is the only model that has leather upholstery as optional. Standard features include power windows, doors, and locks for the LT models.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker base and the two-door ZR2 models are equipped with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 127 horsepower and 134 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is the standard transmission, while a four-speed automatic is available. The four-door ZR2 and the LT have a 2.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 155 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. The four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V-6 engine.

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker doesn’t have engines that feel particularly strong or quick. While the V-6 is significantly better than the weak four-cylinder, it still lags behind engines found in competitors’ vehicles. Steering and handling are adequate, but grip when cornering could be better. The ride can be choppy at times, and wind, road, and engine noise can be quite loud.

Safety

The 2002 Chevrolet Tracker don't have the best crash test ratings. Front impact crash test scores were acceptable, while side impacts was given a lower rating. Anti-lock brakes are only available as an option.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Tracker 2.0-liter four-cylinder: 20/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tracker 2.5-liter V-6: 17/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-6 engine available
  • Decent cargo room
  • Steering and handling around town

You Won't Like

  • Weak engines
  • Rear passenger area is cramped
  • Bumpy ride that is noisy
  • Low quality interior materials

Sum Up

A compact SUV with a compact price tag but lacks performance and comfort.

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