The 2002 Toyota 4Runner represents the company's middle of the road SUV in terms of size between the Sequoia and Land Cruiser and the smaller Highlander and RAV4. It remains a very popular choice in the SUV market despite its truck-like underpinnings and ride. This probably results from its roomy and comfortable interior and ability to tackle serious off-road work, not to mention a reputation for reliability.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota 4Runner SR5, Toyota 4Runner Limited
The 2002 Toyota 4Runner doesn't see too many changes this time around. A front skid plate joins the SR5's optional Sport package along with floor mats and optional tube step-up bars. Good-looking 15-inch alloy wheels have become the standard and it offers a new chrome package. A new exterior color called Golden Pearl joins the Limited's color selection.
The 2002 4Runner measures 183.3 inches long and rides atop a 105.3-inch wheelbase. It stands approximately 68.5 inches tall and 66.5 inches wide. The 2002 Toyota 4Runner features a one-piece liftgate with a standard power window providing partial access to the cargo area. The Sport Edition package gives you optional tube steps, integrated fog lights, and color-keyed fender flares, bumpers, and grille. A Chrome package adds chrome accents on the exterior of the SR5. Fifteen-inch aluminum wheels comes standard on both the SR5 and Limited.
Once you manage to climb aboard the 2002 Toyota 4Runner, it seats five with front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench seat. Leather seats come standard on the Limited and remain optional on the SR5. The dash proves functional from an ergonomic standpoint but doesn't seem designed or styled but rather just thrown together. Passengers find the seating comfortable, even supportive. Passengers in the rear enjoy plenty of legroom as well.
A lowered side glass along with the powered rear window in the rear hatch makes for a very open, airy ride. The Limited gets standard features that include faux wood trim, heated power driver and passenger seats, automatic climate control, and a CD player. These options remain unavailable on the SR5.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Toyota 4Runner offers either the standard SR5 or a more luxurious Limited trim. Both come with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. They draw power from a 3.4-liter, dual overhead-cam V-6 mated to a four-speed automatic. It cranks out 183 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 216 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. You might find yourself wishing for a bit more.
Vehicle Skid Control (VSC), traction control and ABS with electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist come standard on all 4Runners. VSC keeps the 4Runner under control when it detects a lateral or sideways skid. Brake assist applies maximum brakes in emergency situations quicker than the driver can.
The 2002 Toyota 4Runner scores well in rollover testing. It has four-wheel anti-lock brakes and emergency brake assist with electronic brake force distribution. It also features stability and traction control. Child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks help protect little ones on board. The 4Runner also has daytime running lights and auto delay-off headlights.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota 4Runner: 15/18 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of room
- Power-down hatch glass
- Brake assist system
- Tough truck underpinnings
You Won't Like
- Difficulty getting in and out
- Dashboard design
- Weak V-6 engine
- Truck-like ride and handling
An SUV for people who enjoy trucks along with a healthy dose of comfort and reliability.
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