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2002 Chevrolet Tracker Sport Utility

4dr Hardtop 4WD ZR2

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2002 Chevrolet Tracker

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Introduction

For the price of a little car, some folks would rather have a little truck. Little trucks are often better for carrying big things. With their higher ground clearance, they can go places little cars can't, particularly if the little truck has four-wheel-drive. Little trucks make a bigger styling statement. A little truck tells the neighbors you relish adventure; a little car says you relish economical living.

Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Mazda know this, and they each offer a tall little car (CR-V, RAV4, Escape, and Tribute, respectively) with some of the characteristics of a little truck. And that suits most folks just fine. But the Chevrolet Tracker is a real, genuine, 100-percent truck, built on a rigid truck-type ladder frame, and offering truck-style part-time four-wheel-drive with a rock-crawling low range.

Yet Tracker also offers some of the best features of a little car, including maneuverability, reasonable fuel economy, and even a base price comparable to that of a well-equipped compact.

So the Tracker makes a lot of sense for a lot of people.

Model Lineup

Chevrolet Tracker prices begin at $15,865 for the two-wheel-drive, two-door convertible. Air conditioning is standard, as is a 127-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four with four valves per cylinder. The price of admission also includes a fuel-tank skid plate and front and rear tow hooks. For 2002, Chevrolet has added front-seat arm rests, an adjustable lumbar support for the driver, and a CD player.

Four-wheel-drive convertibles are offered in either base ($16,965) or sporty ZR2 ($18,835) trim. The same 2.0-liter engine provides the power, but ZR2s add fender flares over wider tires on alloy wheels, skid plates for the oil pan and transfer case, cruise control, power locks with remote entry, power mirrors, cloth seating surfaces and other conveniences.

Chevrolet also sells a four-door Tracker wagon, which many people will find more practical than the convertible. Four-door models also come in either two- or four-wheel drive, with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. The four-wheel-drive ZR2 package is available, but four-door ZR2s are powered by a 2.5-liter dohc V6. A four-speed automatic transmission, optional with the four-cylinder engine, is standard with the V6. For 2002, all four-door Trackers come standard with a roof rack.

Buyers who wish to make a more formal styling statement may choose the LT, which also comes with two or four-wheel-drive, but only on the four-door body. LT models pack all the same functional features as the ZR2 (including the V6 and automatic transmission), but trade the ZR2's sporty fender flares and charcoal grille trim for classy contrasting bodyside cladding and a chrome grille surround. Lower-profile tires, color-keyed mirrors, two-tone bumpers and a full-cloth interior all contribute to LT's upmarket image. A 4WD LT lists for $21,700.

Walkaround

Chevrolet has positioned the Tracker to compete against car-based compact SUVs, including the Mazda Tribute, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CRV, as well as more serious truck-based off-roaders like the Kia Sportage.

Under its stylish skin, the Tracker fits in the latter category. Tracker rides on a rigid, truck-like ladder frame, and offers part-time four-wheel drive for maximum off-road capability. Its current look is smoother and more sophisticated than that of previous-generation Trackers, but retains some unique cues that give it a more rugged appearance than the other mini-utilities.

Tracker shares its mechanical platform with the Suzuki Vitara and Grand Vitara, but we like the cleaner look of the Chevy.

Interior Features

Refinement is a priority in the Tracker's interior. It may look like a truck from the outside, but the Tracker feels like a car on the inside.

The front seats prop the driver up high behind the wheel, and there's plenty of headroom. The instruments are highly legible, and the switchgear operates with the finesse of a Honda's or a Toyota's. If it weren't for the tiny little buttons on the radio, the Tracker's dash would be an unqualified success.

The Tracker's nose slopes away for good road visibility, helpful when driving off road, while narrow roof pillars allow panoramic vision, important on busy streets. The spare tire is set low enough on the back door, so it does not block vision out the rear. The rear head rests did block vision in previous Trackers, but that problem has been at least partially solved by see-through halo head rests in 2002 models.

The air conditioning automatically activates whenever the windshield defroster is turned on, supplying dry air for quicker defogging. On four-door models, the system comes with a replaceable pollen filter that removes allergens and dust from the passenger compartment, a feature once reserved for luxury cars.

Storage is rarely a problem. With armrests, cupholders, door pockets, and netting throughout the Tracker, there's a place for everything so you can keep everything in its place. Flipping the rear seats down provides a large cargo area capable of holding a big dog cage. Convertible models can be ordered with a lockable storage compartment in the rear.

Fabrics, plastics and other materials are first-rate. They don't shout economy like the vinyl of past Trackers, and the dark gray color provides a lighter ambiance. The doors thunk firmly in place, and the seams inside are small and unnoticeable. Fit and finish are much better than in earlier models.

The Tracker automatically turns on its headlights and all exterior lights when it detects darkness. In broad daylight, it runs the headlights at reduced intensity and turns off the taillights.

Driving Impressions

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the base four-wheel-drive Tracker wagon is smooth and provides enough power to entertain when coupled with the five-speed manual transmission. With its relatively broad power band, the Tracker can pass with confidence on Interstates, and need not fear being run over when pulling away from busy intersections. The gearbox shifts smoothly, and a light clutch contributes to easy drivability. A four-speed automatic transmission is a $1,000 option.

Tracker LT four door with four-wheel drive performs much better. Its twin-cam 2.5-liter V6 engine has a lot of heart for 155 horsepower. It can make you believe that there are 165 or 170 horses under the hood.

The V6 revs smoothly and builds power quickly. It loves to be floored. At less than full throttle, there's nothing about it that gets your attention, but when you ask it to deliver, it responds eagerly and happily. Cruising uphill on a steep freeway at 65 mph and a mellow 2600 rpm, we hammered the throttle: The transmission kicked down once and the V6 ripped right up to 75 and beyond. No screaming, no hysterics, just a determined charge up the grade. The forward rush may not be earth-moving, but it makes you want to pat the little Tracker on the dash and tell it, "Nice job." Passing on two-lanes is a breeze.

The four-speed overdrive automatic transmission is equally pleasing. It never hunted for gears on the hills. It up-shifted smoothly at moderate speed, and impressively crisply at full throttle. It was always tight and responsive. And when it kicked down third-to-second for two-lane passing, the only thing that jerked was the tach needle.

The independent front suspension does a good job of damping out tar strips and other medium-sized bumps, and improves the Tracker's agility. Ride quality is not bad for a vehicle with a short wheelbase.

The Tracker's rack-and-pinion steering does provide a more precise feel and better responsiveness than the recirculating-ball gear used on other truck-based SUV's. Still, as in other SUVs, steering response is a little mushy on center.

The Uniroyal P205/75R15 tires that came with our four-cylinder 4X4 offer a good compromise between off-road traction and on-road grip. But they are still a compromise. They squeal easily, even when making a low-speed U-turn. Like many small SUVs, the Tracker lacks grip on wet pavement; the rear tires tend to spin when the front wheels are cocked and you are trying to accelerate briskly away from a stop sign. Shifting into four-wheel drive can cure this, but you'll need to shift back into two-wheel drive before attempting any tight maneuvers, or the front and rear tires will fight each other as the drivetrain binds.

The Goodyear P215/70R15 all-season radials on the V6 model didn't squeal like the skinnier Uniroyals on the four-cylinder model. And even when they did commence their warnings, at maybe eight-tenths cornering, the Tracker felt stable and under control.

Nine-tenths was another story, however; the Tracker does not like to be stretched that far. Nor does it like to have bumps thrown under the wheels at even eight-tenths. That makes the Tracker pretty nervous. But the nervousness in the chassis is well isolated from the seat, and very well isolated from the steering wheel.

Actually, the fit and firmness of the Tracker's seat does a lot to cover the limitations of the Tracker's chassis, masking much of the tippiness that is the bane of SUVs. You can definitely feel the Tracker wander in crosswinds, though.

Braking was a pleasant surprise. The Tracker stops with 11.3-inch discs in front, and 8.7-inch drums in back. We tried full panic stops on pavement from 55 mph and gravel from about 40, and the Tracker's direction remained so true we could have taken our hands off the steering wheel. The feel of the brake pedal is excellent; it's sufficiently solid to be acceptable on a sports car. It was easy to modulate the brakes: The pedal feel was closely related to how hard the vehicle was decelerating, which is something that can't be taken for granted even on expensive cars. Nor did the brakes fade when we deliberately over-braked on a twisting downhill road.

We did note pronounced front-end dive during panic stops, however, revealing the softness of the front suspension. This seems an acceptable compromise given the Tracker's very comfortable ride. And it doesn't detract from the overall tightness of the chassis, especially around town, where it can't be beat. The Tracker is nimble, responsive, and feels light.

The four-wheel-drive system is a snap to engage: Just snick the lever next to the gearshift from two-wheel to four-wheel mode. It's a shift-on-the-fly system with automatic locking hubs, which means drivers don't have to stop and get out of the vehicle to engage four-wheel drive. The Tracker's transfer case directs power to both axles equally, as opposed to all-wheel-drive or some on-demand four-wheel-drive systems that send power to the wheels with the most traction. The transfer case also provides a low range for driving through deep mud or snow, or for traversing steep inclines.

On gravel roads with imbedded jagged rocks, the steering wheel transmits very little of the hammering you know the tires are getting. But for all its nimble handling on pavement, the Tracker is no rally car in the woods. Its handling is dominated by understeer (a tendency for the front end to push to the outside of a turn) when you pick up the pace in four-wheel-drive.

While we like the four-door Trackers, we have trouble finding any redeeming qualities in a front-wheel-drive two-door Tracker. It offers little cargo capacity, it doesn't handle particularly well on the road, and it isn't a capable off-road vehicle.

Summary

Chevy's Tracker would make an enjoyable economy car, even without its wagon-size cargo bay and off-road gear. But with its tall roof and 4X4 capability, the Tracker presents a strong case for an all-in-one vehicle that suits a wide range of needs.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Two-Door Convertible: 2WD ($15,985); 4WD ($17,085); 4WD ZR2 ($18,945) Four-Door Wagon: 2WD ($16,675); 2WD LT ($20,720); 4WD ($17,775); 4WD ZR2 ($21,395); 4WD LT ($21,820)
Engines: 127-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 155-hp 2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions: 5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Tracker Four-Door 4X4 ($17,775)
Standard equipment: air conditioning; AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers; rear defogger; full-size spare tire; intermittent wipers and rear-window wiper/washer; carpeted floor mats
Options as tested (MSRP): Preferred Equipment Group 2 ($1,415) includes alloy wheels, cruise control, power windows, dual power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt steering column
Destination charge: ($450)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $19,640
Layout: four-wheel drive
Engine: 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 127 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 134 @ 3000
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 23/26 mpg
Wheelbase: 97.6 in.
Length/width/height: 162.8/67.3/66.3 in.
Track, f/r: 57.5/57.5 in.
Turning circle: 34.8 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.9/50.7/41.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 39.6/46.8/35.9 in.
Trunk volume: 44.7 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1500 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: live axle
Ground clearance: 8.0 in.
Curb weight: 2987 lbs.
Tires: P205/75R15
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Two-Door Convertible: 2WD ($15,985); 4WD ($17,085); 4WD ZR2 ($18,945) Four-Door Wagon: 2WD ($16,675); 2WD LT ($20,720); 4WD ($17,775); 4WD ZR2 ($21,395); 4WD LT ($21,820)
Engines: 127-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 155-hp 2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions: 5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Tracker Four-Door 4X4 ($17,775)
Standard equipment: air conditioning; AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers; rear defogger; full-size spare tire; intermittent wipers and rear-window wiper/washer; carpeted floor mats
Options as tested (MSRP): Preferred Equipment Group 2 ($1,415) includes alloy wheels, cruise control, power windows, dual power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt steering column
Destination charge: ($450)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $19,640
Layout: four-wheel drive
Engine: 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 127 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 134 @ 3000
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 23/26 mpg
Wheelbase: 97.6 in.
Length/width/height: 162.8/67.3/66.3 in.
Track, f/r: 57.5/57.5 in.
Turning circle: 34.8 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.9/50.7/41.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 39.6/46.8/35.9 in.
Trunk volume: 44.7 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1500 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: live axle
Ground clearance: 8.0 in.
Curb weight: 2987 lbs.
Tires: P205/75R15
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 21, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-950-2438 -www.chevrolet.com

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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