PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Toyota Tundra


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$13,742* (4x2 Regular Cab)
$15,724* (4x2 Ext. Cab)
$19,442* (4x4 Ext. Cab)
$23,999* (4x4 Crew Cab)
Add $585 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Two engines are available for the Toyota Tundra

4.7-liter, V8, DOHC
245hp @ 4800 rpm
315ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm

3.4-liter V6, DOHC
190hp @ 4800 rpm
220ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

Three transmission choices exist for the 2002 Tundra:

- Five-speed manual with overdrive

- Four-speed automatic with electronically controlled transmission (ECT) and overdrive

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):
3.4-liter: (16 / 19) 4x2 5spd
3.4-liter: (16 / 19) 4x2 auto
4.3-liter: (n/a) 4x2 5spd
4.3-liter: (15 / 18) 4x2 auto

3.4-liter: (15 / 18) 4x4 5spd
3.4-liter: (15 / 18) 4x4 auto
4.3-liter: (n/a) 4x4 5spd
4.3-liter: (14 / 17) 4x4 auto

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Since its introduction two years ago, the Toyota Tundra has set new standards in quality, value and safety for full-size pickups. It was recently ranked by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as the best performer among full-size pickups in a 40-mile per hour front offset crash test. Its blend of responsiveness, ride comfort and refinement has revolutionized the expectations of full-size pickup truck buyers.

For 2002, Limited models offer more standard features that were previously available as options, including a Premium AM/FM/cassette/in-dash CD changer audio system, Anti-Lock brakes (ABS), daytime running lights, keyless entry and anti-theft system. 2002 V8 models can be equipped with a new Limited Slip Differential for added traction.

Tundra comes in a wide variety of configurations including 2WD or 4WD, two-door regular-cab with an eight-foot bed or four-door Access Cab with a six-foot-three-inch bed. The V6 engine comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission. Both the V8 and V6 engines are available with a smooth-shifting, four-speed automatic transmission.

All Tundras are equipped with standard power-assisted front-ventilated disc brakes with four piston calipers and rear drums. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) also are available on all models (standard on Limited models).

The Access Cab features large double-doors and one of the most expansive entry areas in the segment. It also is the only four-door extended cab to feature interior and exterior handles on each door providing easier ingress and egress than the commonly used door-jamb mechanism.

The Access Cab’s 60/40 rear split-bench seat provides seating for three passengers, dual adjustable outboard headrests and a fold-down center armrest with cup holders. Valuables can be hidden out of sight in a storage compartment under the rear seat cushion and the cushion can be folded up to handle cargo, instead of passengers.

Tundra offers a wide range of standard equipment that includes a locking tailgate, dual 12-volt power outlets, driver- and passenger-side sun visors with pull-out extensions, High Solar Energy-Absorbing glass and top-of-the-line sound systems, including an optional premium 3-in-1 AM/FM cassette with a 6-CD in-dash changer and six speakers.

The Tundra combines class-leading ground clearance with an advanced "touch select" four-wheel-drive system that features a shift-on-the-fly electronically-controlled transfer case on V8 models. The system includes convenient dash-mounted control buttons located that switch the front differential and transfer case settings between two-wheel-drive, high four-wheel-drive and low four-wheel-drive modes.

An optional Off-Road Package, jointly developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Toyota, and inspired by legendary off-road racer Ivan Stewart, delivers added excitement and performance to Tundra four-wheel-drive and two-wheel drive V8 Access Cab models. The TRD Off-Road Package features progressive rate springs, Bilstien mono-tube high-pressure gas shocks with off-road tuned suspension, BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, aluminum alloy wheels, front and rear contoured mudguards, fog lamps, overfenders and TRD custom badging.

An impressive list of available packages enhance Tundra’s comfort and convenience. The Tundra convenience package for SR5 models include power windows and door locks, driver- and passenger-side sun visors with pull-out extensions and vanity mirrors, cruise control, power chrome mirrors and sliding rear-window and privacy glass. Additional optional equipment for SR5 models include captains chairs with two-level center console, Deluxe AM/FM/cassette/CD or Premium AM/FM/cassette/in-dash CD changer audio systems and a variety of wheel styles and tire sizes. In addition, the Limited Grade has optional leather-trimmed captains chairs with driver-side power adjustment and simulated wood trim accent.

New for this year, SR5 models get an available chrome style steel wheel, with a satin finish center cap.

Tundra’s roominess and comfort is complemented by safety features that include standard-equipped driver and front passenger SRS airbags with a passenger airbag cutoff switch, adjustable seat headrests and three-point ALR/ELR seatbelts in all outboard positions (driver’s seat belt is ELR only), an energy absorbing steering column, side-door impact beams, rear center high mount stop lamp with cargo lights and optional four-wheel ABS with daytime running lights (standard on Limited models).

Exterior Design:
There are no major changes to the exterior for 2002.

Tundra will be offered in eight exterior colors including Natural White, Silver Sky Metallic, Thunder Gray Metallic, Black, Sunfire Red Pearl, Desert Sand, Imperial Jade Mica and Stellar Blue Pearl. A two-tone combination of Imperial Jade Mica/Thunder Gray Metallic is offered on Limited models. Exterior colors will be complemented by Gray, Light Charcoal and Oak interiors.

Interior Design:
Tundra packs a full load of roominess, comfort and convenience in both Regular and Access Cab layout.

Tundra is available with either a front 60/40 split-bench seat with fold-down center console armrest or dual contoured captain’s chairs with power driver’s seat and two-level center console. The extra-large, two-level console features a removable tray and coin holder, cassette or CD storage below and twin cup holders in front with up to 32-ounce capacity.

The Tundra is powered by the 4.7-liter i-Force V8. Designed with over 30 years of DOHC experience, this was the first double-overhead cam, 32-valve V8 offered in the segment. It delivers exceptional low-end torque, strong top-end acceleration, more than 2,000 pounds of payload with the available Style Package and up to 7,200 pounds of towing capacity. Most important, this engine delivers 245 horsepower and 315 lbs.-ft. of torque. The i-Force V8 engine, is also one of the first V8 engines in the segment to achieve a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) emissions classification.

Offered as standard is Tundra’s capable 3.4-liter double-overhead cam, 24-valve V6 engine that generates 190 horsepower and 220 lbs.-ft. of torque.