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2002 Jeep Wrangler

  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Utility
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/235
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $23,650
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler SE Utility
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/140
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,305
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport Utility
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/235
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $20,280
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler X Utility
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/235
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $18,485
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2002 Jeep Wrangler Review

A difficult top, a stiff ride, and a motoring experience with unequaled off-road abilities.

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Overview

The 2002 Jeep Wrangler serves as an off-road icon that has been around for years, beginning as a military vehicle. It takes a no-nonsense approach to sport-utility transportation. Getting through difficult terrains does not mark the only benefit of owning a Wrangler; it has become quite practical in today’s commuting and driving. Improvements make the SUV highly sought after for families and adventurous drivers alike.

With variable prices, the Wrangler also fits several budgets. The trim levels include the SE, Sahara, Sport, and the new X. Even though the Wrangler offers so much, it actually provides one of the least expensive convertibles on the market. The SE serves as the most budget-friendly option, and the Sahara has the biggest price tag.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Jeep Wrangler SE, Jeep Wrangler X, Jeep Wrangler Sport, Jeep Wrangler Sahara

What's New

For 2002, a new model comes about, the Jeep Wrangler X. It combines a powerful engine with affordability. Sport and Sahara trim levels get an upgraded door with roll-up glass windows. The tough 2002 Jeep Wrangler also receives optional new wheels, improved climate control, and a premium sound system.

Exterior

The rugged, distinctive exterior has a soft convertible top to fold down as driving conditions permit. The windshield also folds down to render the open-air feeling. The vertical grille from WWII era remains intact, gracing the front of the 2002 Jeep Wrangler. The appearance has a paramilitary look with half-steel doors, zip-out windows, and a folding soft-top. Roll-up windows and a metal hardtop provide optional equipment. All of the exterior additions help to civilize the Jeep Wrangler for average drivers. Each model comes equipped with 15-inch wheels, skid plates, cargo tie-downs, a matching full-size spare tire, a removable soft-top, intermittent wipers, all-terrain tires, a spare wheel, and a side-hinged rear door. Step running boards come on the Sahara only. Beautiful, vibrant body paint colors enhance the Jeep Wrangler’s appearance.

Interior

Bucket seats occupy the front of the cabin, and a two-place folding rear bench comes in the back. An optional lockable storage compartment called Add-A-Trunk increases the cargo area. The compartment has injection-molded compound and thumbscrews for easy removal. Sliding forward provides another function.

Some of the base model standard features include vinyl bucket seats, front cup holders, power steering, low fuel warning, a front storage console, front door pockets, and a tachometer. The middle levels receive a four-speaker AM/FM stereo, cloth bucket seats, and a tilt steering wheel, in addition to the above features. The Sahara adds quite a bit more. Standard features on the highest trim level include air-conditioning, cruise control, premium cloth bucket seats, a folding rear seatback, a leather steering wheel, and a seven-speaker, in-dash, AM/FM stereo with a single CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Jeep Wrangler has four-wheel drive. Two engine options include: a four-liter six-cylinder or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The base model contains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 120 horsepower, and the optional engine, a four-liter six-cylinder produces 190 hp. Both engines mate with an automatic three-speed or manual five-speed transmission. The part-time four-wheel drive works best on slippery surfaces. All Jeep Wranglers have anti-lock brakes.

The Jeep Wrangler seems more civilized in contrast to its ancestors of the 1990s. Off-road terrain causes no problem with four-wheel drive, overcoming demanding conditions easily.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2002 Jeep Wrangler include child seat anchors, electronic brake force distribution, an airbag deactivation switch, and ventilated front and rear brakes. In government crash testing, the Wrangler earns four stars for passenger and driver protection. The SUV convertible receives an award of three stars for rollover testing. The side-impact testing performed by the IIHS results in a “Marginal” rating.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Wrangler SE: 16/19 mpg city/highway
Jeep Wrangler X: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Jeep Wrangler Sport: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Jeep Wrangler Sahara: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Inexpensive
  • Classic styling
  • Capable of going anywhere
  • Fun drive

You Won't Like

  • Slow steering
  • Soft-top hard to handle
  • Difficulty getting in and out

Sum Up

A difficult top, a stiff ride, and a motoring experience with unequaled off-road abilities.

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