2002 Ford Explorer Sport

  • 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Review

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As with anything, you have to take the good with the bad. The 2002 Ford Explorer Sport certainly has both. On the outside it uses a rugged, attractive design one would expect from a sport utility vehicle. It looks tough, but it cannot stand up to the hype. It does not come equipped to go offroad and even on-road driving seems basic and uninspired. While the seats prove more than comfortable, the ride does not. The Explorer Sport would be a good choice for the buyer looking for the basics and lots of hype.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Ford Explorer Sport Value, Ford Explorer Sport Choice, Ford Explorer Sport Premium

What's New

The manufacturer makes only a few changes to the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport. All models offer 16-inch aluminum wheels. This family of SUVs also receives an AM/FM stereo with a CD and cassette player. On the base model, buyers get the choice of a manual or automatic transmission.


For a model that many people feel has seen better days, the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport retains its characteristic good looks and rugged qualities. The front end and the grille of the Explorer Sport look distinctive and much like the front end of the Ford line of trucks. This feature adds to its rugged appeal and impressive demeanor. The front fenders seem rather bulbous over the tire wells. Ford offers this model in several color choices. Some of the more popular options include Silver Birch Metallic, Black, Aspen Green Metallic, and True Blue Metallic.


The 2002 Ford Explorer Sport offers comfortable front seats. It uses captain’s chairs with cloth upholstery for the lower trim levels and bucket seats in the upper levels. The upper trim levels have six-way power chairs with height adjustment. The split-folding rear seat creates more storage space and accommodates awkward cargo. It comes equipped with power door locks and windows. Convenience marks an important part of the Explorer Sport’s design and cruise control comes standard as well as air-conditioning. Cup holders sit in the front and rear of the cabin. The front console offers interior storage space along with the front seatback storage and front door pockets. The overhead console also features convenient storage. Access to the rear seat proves easy and convenient as well. The upper trim levels also offer a tilt-adjustable, leather-clad steering wheel. The instrument dash comes complete with a compass, a clock, and external temperature display. For listening entertainment, this SUV includes a 60-watt audio system with four speakers and a CD playing, AM/FM stereo.

Performance & Handling

During test drives, buyers discover that the Sport part of the Ford Explorer Sport’s name is a bit of a misnomer. With its high center of gravity, paired with its short wheelbase and narrow track, this SUV lacks the sport utility function. Do not use the Explorer Sport for off-roading. It simply can’t stand up to the strain and pressure of all-terrain travel. Even on road, the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport lacks comfort and stability. It drives as if it doesn’t feel comfortable on the pavement. The ride feels awkward and feels unbalanced.


Proper safety features in the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport include four-wheel anti-lock brakes and child seat anchors. It also comes equipped with front airbags and an engine immobilizer. The front and rear of the cabin include height-adjustable headrests. These headrests limit the damage to the head and neck in the event of an accident. Electronic brake force distribution comes standard as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Explorer Sport: 16/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Outdoorsy styling
  • Comfortable seating in the front of the cabin
  • Impressive V-6 engine

You Won't Like

  • Outdated platform from 1990
  • Disjointed ride
  • Lacks versatility

Sum Up

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