2002 Toyota Prius

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2002 Toyota Prius Review

For the environmentally conscious person who wants exciting fuel economy.

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The 2002 Toyota Prius has made headlines for its unique and environmentally-friendly hybrid technology that combines gasoline and electric power to propel the engine. It's a simple sub-compact sedan with a mundane body shape, yet one that has consumers queuing to make a purchase because of its impressive EPA fuel economy rating at 52/45 mpg city/highway. Environmentally-conscious consumers are also queuing for one to enjoy ownership of a vehicle supporting the reduction of its carbon footprint.

The 2002 Toyota Prius gets an additional boost of sales because of the very generous warranty. It gives consumers 100,000 mile on the engine and free maintenance for three years and comes as no surprise that the waiting list is three to four months long.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter I-4, 70-hp at 4500 rpm
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission
Models: Toyota Prius

What's New

The 2002 Toyota Prius receives new safety fittings including side-impact airbags and daytime running lights. Convenience fittings added to the Toyota Prius in this edition include a navigation system that is DVD-based, while consumers get a wider choice of colors.


The 2002 Toyota Prius has variable intermittent wipers on the front windshield, while the rear window has a defogger. The environmentally-friendly sedan runs on 14-inch alloy wheels completed with 175/65R14 all-season tires. Its exterior dimensions are small for the average sedan at 66.7 inches width, 57.6 inches height, 169.6 inches length, and standing on 4.9 inches ground clearance, and 100.4 inch wheelbase with 11.8 cubic feet cargo capacity.


The 2002 Toyota Prius get cloth-covered bucket seats in the front and height-adjustable driver and passenger seats. It has standard power features including remote door locks, a remote trunk release, mirrors, and windows. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel operates speed-proportional power steering and is a standard feature. The driver and the passenger each get a vanity mirror, and the storage fittings are on the front console, the front seatback, and the front door pockets. It also has cup holders in the front and the rear.

The 2002 Toyota Prius comes with a clock and the navigation system in this edition is DVD-based. The entertainment system includes mast antenna to support the AM/FM stereo radio emitting sound from four speakers. The interior dimensions are 38.8 inches headroom, 50.7 inches hip room, 41.2 inches legroom, and 52.8 inches shoulder room, making it a good fit for the average adult in the front. The rear dimensions are 51.9 inches hip room, 37.1 inches headroom, 35.4 inches legroom and 52.2 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Toyota Prius is a basic four-door sedan, front drive with continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a hybrid base engine. Its engine is a 1.5-liter I-4 that produces 70-hp at 4500 rpm and 82 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm. The engine is built with 16 valves, a double overhead cam (DOHC), and variable valve timing (VVT). The suspension system includes MacPherson strut suspension, torsion beam suspension in the rear, and independent suspension in the front. For safety, it gets four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear, and electronic brake-force distribution system as standard features.


The 2002 Toyota Prius includes impact safety and daily running safety fittings that are basic and includes child seat anchors, and child safety door locks for the rear doors. It has an anti-theft alarm system coupled with an engine immobilizer. An emergency trunk release lever nests in the interior of the trunk on the 2002 Toyota Prius to ensure that a person trapped within can open it from inside.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Prius: 52/45 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Hybrid technology
  • Fuel economy
  • Pricing
  • Warranty

You Won't Like

  • Cramped back seats
  • Basic entertainment fittings

Sum Up

For the environmentally conscious person who wants exciting fuel economy.

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