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2002 Toyota Tacoma

  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma Base Crew Cab Pickup

    Base Crew Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/177
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $19,330
  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma Base Extended Cab Pickup

    Base Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      142/160
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,260
  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma Base Regular Cab Pickup

    Base Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      142/160
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,620
  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Crew Cab Pickup

    Prerunner Crew Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/177
    • ENGINE
      2.7L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,890
  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Extended Cab Pickup

    Prerunner Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/177
    • ENGINE
      2.7L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,490
  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Regular Cab Pickup

    Prerunner Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/177
    • ENGINE
      2.7L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,890
  • 2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner Extended Cab Pickup

    S-Runner Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/220
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $18,060
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2002 Toyota Tacoma Review

Bringing together performance of a pickup truck and the versatility of a SUV.

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Overview

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck with several body shapes available; a regular cab, the XtraCab, and the double cab. It's a high performance vehicle with several two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options and is equipped with stability functions engineered with the time-tested reliability of Toyota.

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma is an appealing vehicle for individuals or companies with multiple vehicle use such as cargo hauling and passenger ferrying. Depending on the body style, it can handle both roles beautifully. The buyer has variety as it offers different fittings off an impressive list of 12 trims.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup regular cab, pickup double cab, pickup Xtra-cab
Engines: 2.4-liter I-4, 2.7-liter I-4, 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tacoma PreRunner, Toyota Tacoma Xtracab, Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab, Toyota Tacoma S-Runner Xtracab V6, Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab, Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab V6

What's New

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma comes with three possible engines: a 2.4-liter I-4, a 2.7-liter I-4 and a 3.4-liter V-6. The new materials on the body add to the safety features, and the design remains noticeably yesteryear except for additional body-color moldings to improve its aesthetics. The interior appearance upgrades to cloth seats, and the gear-switch button to change between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is better located for easier use. Optional features include power-operated fittings such as door locks and windows, cruise control and air-conditioning.

Exterior

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma is a hardy 4250 pounds of gross weight that stands on a 103.3-inch wheelbase with a capacity to tow a maximum of 3500 pounds. It's fitted with intermittent wipers in the front and rides on 15-inch steel wheels, which are fitted with P205/75R15 all-season tires, and also includes an underbody mounted spare tire. It's a long and tall vehicle with a 66.5-inch width, 64.1-inch height, 184.4-inch length, and 8.5-inch ground clearance, making it comfortable to drive both on-road and off-road.

Interior

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma has cloth bench seats in the front, and its simple entertainment system has an AM/FM stereo radio supported by mast antenna emitting sound from four speakers. It comes with front cup holders, and additional storage in the front door pockets. It has power steering while its interior dimensions are 38.5 inches headroom, 49.4 inches hip room, 41.7 inches legroom, and 53.9 inches shoulder room making it a comfortable fit for most passengers.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma is a rear-drive five-speed manual transmission running on a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an output of 142 horsepower and 160 lb-ft torque, fitted with a double overhead cam (DOHC) and 16 valves. The suspension system contains double wishbone front suspension, a solid live axle rear suspension, independent front suspension, and the front wheels come with ventilated disc brakes and the rear wheels come with solid drum brakes.

Safety

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma's safety features are few but valuable; these include child seat anchors and the airbags in the front are fitted with passenger sensing deactivation system. This feature protects smaller bodied passengers such as a child, a teenager, and a small-frame adult from injury likely from a launching airbag. The passenger seat is fitted with a lap belt in the center and all the seatbelts are fitted with seatbelt pre-tension settings.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Tacoma 2WD: 22/27 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2WD: 19/22 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 2WD: 22/27 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma 4WD: 18/21 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab 2WD: 19/22 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma S-Runner Xtracab V6 2WD: 18/22 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab 2WD: 19/22 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab V6 2WD: 17/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 4WD: 18/21 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab V6 2WD: 17/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma Xtracab V6 4WD: 17/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 4WD: 17/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Maneuverability
  • Double purpose pickup and SUV
  • Off-road functionality
  • Variety options

You Won't Like

  • Limited standard safety features.

Sum Up

Bringing together performance of a pickup truck and the versatility of a SUV.

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