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2002 Toyota 4Runner Sport Utility

4dr Limited 3.4L Auto 4WD (Natl)

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2002 Toyota 4Runner

Source: AMI Auto World Magazine

Introduction

Toyota 4Runner is enjoyable to drive. Its coil-spring rear suspension gives it surprisingly good handling. Its V6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission deliver good acceleration performance.

Comfortable and convenient, it comes with lots of storage room and can be fitted with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and other luxury features.

Head off the highway and the 4Runner really comes into its own. This is one of the tougher trucks in Toyota's lineup and one of the tougher trucks available from anyone. 4Runner is built on a truck chassis and it's set up to venture away from civilized roads with lots of suspension travel. Four-wheel-drive models are equipped with a low-range set of gears.

Model Lineup

4Runners are available in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited. Each comes in a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Toyota's excellent 183-horsepower V6 comes as standard equipment along with a four-speed electronically controlled automatic. (The four-cylinder engine and the five-speed manual transmission were discontinued year.

Prices range from the $26,335 SR5 two-wheel-drive 4Runner to the $36,105 Limited with V6, four-wheel drive, leather and power everything.

Traction control for rear-wheel drive models, anti-lock brakes, 15-inch wheels and stability control are all standard features.

There are relatively minor changes for the 2002 model year: new exterior colors, a chrome license plate garnish, new chrome package for SR5 versions and changes to the Sport Edition option package ($1,585), which now includes front bumper skid plate, badging, floor mats and tube steps as well as a hood scoop, aluminum wheels with 16-inch 265/70 tires, 13-inch brakes, a 4.10 rear differential, sports seats, special door trim planels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic instrument panel trim and color-keyed bumpers and grille.

Walkaround

4Runner presents a rugged exterior. A bulge in the hood, flared fenders with shoulders give it a purposeful look. Tubular-shaped running boards add to the rugged appearance. Look at any Toyota and you'll find that everything about it is well done and logical. It's been around awhile now: the last complete redesign was in 1996.

Interior Features

As with all Toyotas, the 4Runner accommodates its passengers well. Although not the roomiest in its class, the 4Runner offers enough space for five adults with comfortable room behind the front seats. The rear seat is split 50/50. This was useful when three of us drove to a restaurant with all of my fishing gear, including some two-piece nine-foot fly rods.

As a result of the ground clearance necessary to deal with serious off-road use, the 4Runner sits somewhat higher than some of the competition. This means that shorter people may find it less convenient to get in and out. But most of us find getting in and out of the 4Runner easy.

All controls are where you expect and need them and operate logically and easily, from your first grab of the door handle to turning on the wipers or using a cup holder. There's nothing goofy here, no awkward result of some stylist's whim. Just simple, appreciated correctness, which adds up to a high degree of operating ease. The instrument panel is arranged for sensible visibility and operation of all control functions. Map pockets, glove boxes, cubbyholes and cup holders add to happiness during long trips.

A center differential lock switch located on the instrument panel allows locking and unlocking of the center differential by pressing a button. This lets the driver make the choice of positively locking both rear wheels and one of the fronts together, meaning at least three tires will be clawing their way through muck or slush.

The bottoms of the rear seats flip up and the seat backs fold down, presenting a large, flat cargo area. The rear seat headrests are conveniently stored by sticking them into a pair of holes on the seat bottom. There was plenty of room for fishing rods and a couple of duffel bags of gear. I stopped at dawn on a long drive from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., and slept comfortably for an hour on the flat cargo floor.

All owners will appreciate a couple of features in the rear. First, the spare tire is mounted underneath, so it doesn't interfere with cargo access, and doesn't intrude on cargo space. Second, access to the rear is through a hatch with a separate opening window. A hatch is superior to a door-style tailgate because it opens up and allows you to stand closer to the cargo area when you're loading stuff. And, if you want to toss small items in the back, just lower the window--it's power-operated in all models. The 4Runner comes with well-designed big side mirrors, which provide excellent rearward visibility. For all-around convenience, the 4Runner is one of the best of the mid-size (so-called compact) sport-utilities.

Driving Impressions

Toyota's 4Runner showed off its impressive highway performance on a lengthy drive through Virginia and North Carolina. I was headed to Harker's Island near the southernmost tip of North Carolina's Outer Banks to go fishing and quickly found the 4Runner is extremely stable at high speeds.

One of the nicest features is the 3.4-liter V6 engine. It is a sweetheart. Though it lacks the stump-pulling grunt of the V8s available in some of the competition, it's exceptionally high in smoothness and driving pleasure, with excellent throttle response and a silky feel throughout its wide rev range. And there's more than enough power to deal with a full load of passengers, luggage and a medium-sized trailer.

Toyota's 3.4-liter twin-cam V6 delivers 183 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque. Expect fuel economy to be around 16/19 mpg city/highway for four-wheel drive models; rear-wheel drive versions achieve about 1 more mpg overall. It's rated to tow trailers up to 5000 pounds.

From a handling standpoint, the 4Runner has one of the best chassis and suspension arrangements in its class. While some mid-size sport-utilities have front suspensions of struts or even live axles, the 4Runner has an independent suspension with upper and lower control arms and coil springs. In the rear, the axle is mounted with a multi-link arrangement and coil springs instead of the more common, and less sophisticated, leaf springs. The 4Runner also has the precise feel of rack-and-pinion steering and a tidy turning circle of 37.4 feet. The result is a combination of ride comfort and handling ease that is exceptionally good for a vehicle of such outstanding off-road and rough-road capabilities.

Living with the 4Runner and driving it on a daily basis is easy and free of hassles. It doesn't drive exactly like a car, of course, but it's no truck either. It rides nice, it handles nice, the engine runs great, it's nimble in tight shopping mall parking lots, and it basically does all the things you'd like it to do in the ways you'd like it to do them. About the only negative I logged was that, like most compact SUVs, the 4Runner does not provide good grip on wet pavement. The rear tires will often spin when trying to take off aggressively in the rain.

We also had the chance to take the 4Runner off-road. With its high ground clearance, aggressive tire pattern and Toyota's on-demand shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system, the 4Runner is practically unstoppable. All four-wheel drive models come with a two-speed transfer case that provides low gearing to slowly creep down steep declines. Toyota builds the RAV4 and Highlander for light-duty non-pavement trekking, but also offers the 4Runner, Land Cruiser and Sequoia for those seeking more serious off-road adventures.

Summary

The 4Runner is a textbook example of Toyota's insightful, thoughtful, comprehensive care in design and engineering. Everything about it is correctly done. It's highly capable off road, better than all but a very few SUVs. Of course, the 4Runner comes equipped with Toyota's quality, durability, and reliability.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: 4x2 SR5 $26,335; 4x2 Limited $33,455; 4x4 SR5 $28,875; 4x4 Limited $36,105
Engines: 183-hp 3.4-liter dohc 24v V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual air bags; stability control; ABS with brake assist
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Tahara, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): 4WD Limited V6 ($36,105)
Standard equipment: auto air conditioning, premium AM/FM/Cassette/CD, tilt wheel, ABS, power locks and windows, power tailgate window, power heated mirrors, tachometer, power mirrors, chrome bumpers, rear defogger, power front seats, leather-covered (and heated) seating surfaces and steering wheel, cruise control, intermittent rear wiper/washer, cargo cover, keyless entry, color-coordinated mirrors, body cladding, fender flares, running boards and bumpers, towing receiver hitch, 16-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP): cargo net ($48); cargo mat ($74)
Destination charge: ($480)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 36,707
Layout: four-wheel drive
Engine: 3.4-liter dohc 24v V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 183 @ 4800
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 217 @ 3600
Transmission: 4-speed electronically controlled automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 16/19 mpg
Wheelbase: 105.3 in.
Length/width/height: 183.3/70.9/67.5 in.
Track, f/r: 59.3/59.5 in.
Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.3/49.8/42.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.7/51.3/34.9 in.
Trunk volume: 79.8 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 5000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: live axle
Ground clearance: 11.0 in.
Curb weight: 3975 lbs.
Tires: P265/70R-16
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 16, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-468-6968 - www.toyota.com

Copyright © 1994-2003 New Car Test Drive, Inc.


 

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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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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

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Variable Inter. Wipers Std

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Original Warranty  help
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 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
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.

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12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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