PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Toyota Tacoma

 



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Price:

$11,900* (4x2 Regular Cab)
$14,540* (4x2 Xtracab)
$18,199* (4x2 PreRunner Double Cab)
$16,310* (4x4 Regular Cab Long Bed)
$18,430* (4x4 Xtracab)
$22,120* (4x4 PreRunner)
Add $510 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Three engines are available for the 2002 Toyota Tacoma

2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, inline, DOHC
142hp @ 5000 rpm
160ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

2.7-liter, 4-cylinder, inline DOHC
150hp @ 4800 rpm
170hp @ 4000 rpm

3.4-liter V6, DOHC
190hp @ 4800 rpm
220hp @ 2800 rpm

Transmissions:
Two transmission choices exist for the Tacoma:

- Five-speed manual

- Four-speed automatic

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):
- 2.4L 4x2 (22/27) 5-spd
- 2.4L 4x2 (22/25) auto
- 2.7L 4x2 (n/a) 5-spd
- 2.7L 4x2 (19/22) auto
- 3.4L 4x2 (18/22) 5-spd
- 3.4L 4x2 (17/19) auto

- 2.7L 4x4 (18/21) 5-spd
- 2.7L 4x4 (18/21) auto
- 3.4L 4x4 (17/19) 5-spd
- 3.4L 4x4 (17/19) auto

Bed Length / Max Width (inches):
- Regular Cab: 74.5 x 57.9
- Xtra Cab: 74.5 x 57.9
- Double Cab: 61.5 x 57.9
- S-Runner: 74.5 x 57.9

Competitors:
Chevrolet S-10
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford Ranger
Dodge Dakota
GMC Sonoma
Mazda B-Series
Nissan Frontier

 

 

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Overview:
With 17 variations in its expansive lineup, the popular Toyota Tacoma is a serious title contender in the fiercely fought compact pickup segment.

The 2WD PreRunner is the hot rod of the 2002 Tacoma lineup. It delivers the most powerful four-cylinder engine in its class and the rugged, high riding look of a 4WD at an affordable price.

The suspension consists of an independent front suspension with double-wishbones and coil springs, and a live rear axle located by leaf springs. PreRunner’s impressive off-road ability can be further enhanced with an available TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road package, which is also available on 4WD Tacoma models.

The TRD Package features a rugged combination of front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers (Tokico shocks on Double Cab), locking rear differential (not available on four-cylinder models), progressive-rate front coil springs and modified rear leaf spring suspension, a larger front stabilizer bar, P265/70R16 BF Goodrich tires, 16x7-inch alloy wheels, black overfenders and TRD graphics.

The PreRunner Regular Cab is powered by Tacoma’s 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and matched to a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT). PreRunner Xtracab and Double Cab models are available with either the four-cylinder or V6 engine, also matched to the four-speed ECT.

The versatile four-door Double Cab, introduced just last year, delivers the cargo-hauling capability of a pickup truck, the passenger roominess and comfort of an SUV and the rugged styling that makes a strong "active lifestyle" statement. For 2002, Toyota improves the models versatility further with the Super Sport Shell, which fits over the truck’s bed, keeping cargo dry and secure.

The Double Cab continues its premier status in the Tacoma lineup. It is offered in SR5 and Limited trim levels with an available off-road package, in either two-wheel drive PreRunner series with four- or six-cylinder engines, or as a 4x4 - powered exclusively by a 190-horsepower V6.

Tacoma Double Cab offers class-leading ground clearance, and a 61.5-inch cargo bed, which is longer than Chevy S-10 and Ford Explorer SportTrac. Its four, large conventional doors open to a well-appointed and roomy interior featuring spacious front and rear seating and a 60/40 fold-down rear bench with three-point outboard belts.

Standard on all Double Cabs are 15x7-inch steel wheels and P225/75R15 tires. Optional are 16x7-inch steel, chrome and alloy wheels with P265/70R16 tires and black overfenders.

Supplementing its off-road performance is an available TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road Package.

Developed to broaden the Tacoma’s appeal among compact truck buyers, the affordable Toyota StepSide has proven popular among young truck enthusiasts looking to set their vehicle apart from the crowd.

The StepSide option is available on regular and extended cab 4x2, PreRunner, S-Runner and 4x4 Tacoma models in conjunction with the SR5 package, which includes air conditioning, an AM/FM/cassette/CD and color-keyed or chrome bumpers and grille.

Introduced last year, the sporty 2WD Tacoma S-Runner has proven popular with young truck enthusiasts that are drawn to the truck’s unique styling, exceptional performance and legendary Toyota quality.

Offered exclusively as a 4x2 Xtracab with a 190-horsepower V6 engine and a five-speed manual overdrive transmission, the S-Runner adds to Tacoma’s muscular appearance with a full color-keyed exterior that includes the grille, lower valence panel, front and rear bumper, overfenders and outside door handles and mirrors. S-Runner’s color-keyed appearance is available in two exterior colors, Black Sand Pearl and Radiant Red. Additional S-Runner exterior standard features include 16x6.5-inch aluminum wheels with P235/55R16 Bridgestone Potenza tires, a tuned exhaust, with a chrome-tipped tailpipe and unique side door S-Runner badging, which is also color-keyed for 2002.

The popular StepSide bed is available to further enhance S-Runner’s appearance.

For an extreme exterior appearance, a dealer-installed Toyota Racing Development (TRD) body kit is available. The kit includes low-to-the-ground color-keyed side skirts and front valence. TRD also offers a supercharger that adds approximately 70 horsepower.

The S-Runner's color-keyed exterior is complemented by an aggressive interior feel which includes standard amenities such as front sport seats with driver-side power lumbar, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, white-faced instruments featuring tachometer with twin trip meters, tilt steering wheel, variable intermittent wipers and a rear console box. And all S-Runners come with an exclusive discounted sport package that includes power windows and door locks, Deluxe AM/FM ETR/Cassette/CD with six speakers, air conditioning, sliding rear window with gray privacy glass and digital clock.

S-Runner’s ride and steering response are taken to a new level with a low riding performance tuned suspension that features Tokico gas shock absorbers. The Tokico shocks contain built-in low velocity control valves that help reduce body roll. The sports tuned suspension also includes increased-rate springs, front and rear stabilizer bars, bushings and stiffer steering and suspension. Ride height is reduced by one inch from the standard 4x2.

Exterior Design:
There are no exterior changes to the Tacoma for the 2002 model year.

Tacoma models are available in seven exterior colors including Super White, Radiant Red, Impulse Red, Mystic Gold Metallic, Lunar Mist Metallic, Black Sand Metallic and Imperial Jade Mica. All exterior colors are complemented with Charcoal or Oak interiors.

Interior Design:
There are no major interior changes to the Tacoma for the 2002 model year.

Tacoma’s standard interior features include sculpted door trim, an instrument panel that features orange color illumination and white-faced gauges on SR5 and Limited grades (excluding S-Runner), fabric bench seat, full-cut pile carpeting, door pockets, two auxiliary power outlets, dual cup holders, a driver-side foot rest, tinted windshield glass, auto-off headlights and adjustable front seatbelt anchors, and an available tachometer. In addition, all Tacomas have available climate control, and a standard four-spoke steering wheel.

All Xtracab Cab models offer a 60/40 split front bench seat (excluding S-Runner), forward-facing fold-up rear jump seats with outboard three-point seatbelts, a fold-o ut table with integrated cupholders that also accommodates a child restraint seat, flip-out rear quarter windows, and AM/FM/Cassette audio with six speakers.

Powertrain:
All 2WD Tacoma’s (excluding S-Runner and PreRunner) feature a standard 2.4-liter, 16-valve, twin-cam four-cylinder engine, that produces 142 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 160 lb./ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

4WD and PreRunner models feature the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the compact pickup segment with a standard 2.7-liter, 16-valve, twin cam producing 150 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 177 lb./ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Also available on 4WD and PreRunner models is a 3.4-liter, 24-valve, twin-cam V6 engine, which generates 190 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 220 lb./ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. The same V6 engine, coupled with a five-speed transmission, is standard on the S-Runner. The 2.4-liter engine is available with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic, and the 2.7-liter and 3.4-liter engines are available with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed electronically controlled automatic.

For added excitement, The 3.4-liter V6 offers a fully warranted, dealer-installed supercharger from Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The TRD blower boosts output by 40 percent to 260 horsepower.