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2002 Toyota RAV4

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Review

For owners who like quality, performance, and extras, the Toyota RAV is like a two-in-one vehicle.

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Overview

The 2002 Toyota RAV4 is unique because it can fit in more than one vehicle category. The Toyota RAV4’s unique body styling fits in the small sports utility vehicle (SUV) category. However, with its easy handling and smooth performance, the Toyota RAV4 can easily pass as a regular small vehicle. Its 6.3-inch ground clearance gives the driver great height-enhanced vision as is true of the SUV range of vehicles. It is a four-door hardtop and it towers slightly higher and wider than the earlier edition. This edition has a beautiful exterior and has ample power under the hood. It has a 2.0-liter and four-cylinder engine that gives off 148-horsepower. The best of 2002 Toyota RAV4 is the two options, namely the full time all-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive.

The Range

Body styles: sports utility vehicle (SUV)
Engines: 2.0-liter I-4, 148-hp at 6000 rpm
Transmissions: five-speed manual overdrive, five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota RAV4 2WD, Toyota RAV4 4WD

What's New

The beautiful exterior of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 has black fenders with fog lights that give it a severe looking face. The new look 2002 Toyota RAV4 will attract more people to the growing list of small SUV lovers and easily steal the hearts of several more wagon lovers. The engine gets an upgrade and the vehicle now has a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 148 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 142 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Transmission in this edition also receives an upgrade and has two options, namely five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Exterior

The 2002 Toyota RAV4 stands on 16 x 6.5 inch steel wheels that pair with P215/70R16 all-season tires. The rear door comes with a side hinge making access to the cargo room very convenient. It sports intermittent front and rear wipers, and the rear window has defogger. The Toyota RAV4 is a small vehicle when standing next to most of the regular SUVs. It has 68.3 inches width, 65.7 inches height, 166.2 inches length, while standing on 6.3 inches ground clearance, and riding on 98.0-inch wheelbase.

The cargo room will make it a darling of an owner who enjoys the cargo room in a wagon. The cargo room has 29.2 cubic feet cargo capacity when the seats are in place for passengers. This cargo room expands to 68.3 cubic feet maximum capacity. The 2002 Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 1500 lbs. with the right equipment.

Interior

The interior of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 has cloth bucket seats in the front, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a split folding rear seatback to accommodate expansion of the cargo room. Power fittings include power steering on a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. For storage, the front is fitted with a front console, door pockets on front and rear doors, cup holders in the front and rear, and it comes with pockets in the front seat seatback.

Convenience features in the front of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 include reading lights and both the driver and the passenger get a vanity mirror each. The dashboard comes with different information features such as a clock, an AM/FM stereo supported by Mast antenna. The sound system includes four speakers.

The interior dimensions of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 are 41.3 inches headroom, 53.4 inches hip room, 42.4 inches legroom, and 54.1 inches shoulder room in the front, while the rear dimensions are 46.5 inches hip room, 38.3 inches headroom, 32.6 inches legroom, and 53.7 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Toyota RAV4 is a front-wheel drive, five-speed manual transmission with an additional option of an all time all-wheel drive (AWD). The base engine is the 2.0-liter I-4, 148-hp at 6000 rpm, 142 lb-ft torque at 4000 rpm, with 16 valves, variable valve timing (VVT), and a double overhead cam (DOHC).

The 2002 Toyota RAV4 has stable suspension that includes MacPherson strut front suspension, double wishbone rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension. Safety features on the braking system include ventilated disc brakes in the front, drum brakes in the rear, and an electronic brake-force distribution system.

Safety

The passenger safety features in the 2002 Toyota RAV4 include height-adjustable headrests in the front and the rear to protect passengers and the driver from whiplash in an impact. The rear seat has child seat anchors, and the rear doors have child safety locks to ensure a child cannot open them without adult assistance.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota RAV4 2WD: 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway
Toyota RAV4 4WD: 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Small car handling with SUV ability
  • Unique and attractive exterior

You Won't Like

  • No luxury mundane
  • Exciting fittings are optional

Sum Up

For owners who like quality, performance, and extras, the Toyota RAV is like a two-in-one vehicle.

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