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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Toyota 4Runner Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Toyota 4Runner Overview

Tireless Warrior of the Four-Wheel-Drive World

The 4Runner continues into 2002 with few changes; save a new Sports Edition trim level that includes cloth seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and 15-inch sport wheels. Though getting up in years, the 4Runnner platform is holding up remarkably well—especially when you consider the newest onslaught of competitors flooding the SUV market. The 4Runner may not be the most spacious or powerful in its class, but it still rates extremely well in terms of resale, reliability and safety.

For 2002, only two trim levels are available: SR5 and Limited. Both can be ordered in either 2WD or 4WD and are powered exclusively by a 3.4-liter V6 making 185-horsepower. The 5-speed manual has been dropped, leaving an automatic as the only available transmission. Standard features include a new vehicle skid-control system that utilizes the traction control and anti-lock brakes. The 4Runner's 4WD can be engaged under normal operating conditions, thanks to the addition of an open center differential, which engages the 4WD system only when wheel slippage occurs. That same differential can be locked for additional traction when the time comes to take the 4Runner off-road. With a push of a button, the 4Runner can revert back to 2WD mode, disengaging the 4WD system.

The 4Runner's coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and four-link coil-spring rear setup allow the long wheel travel necessary for climbing over boulders and snow packs. On the open road, this design translates to a firm, somewhat bumpy ride, but nowhere near as harsh as some other truck-based SUVs. Steering feedback is excellent, as are the brakes, but the large tires and tall ride height of the 4Runner demand the driver remember that this is not a sports car and should not be driven as such.

The 4Runner can comfortably seat four and their gear, five in a pinch. The large rear cargo floor is easily accessible through the rear flip-up hatch. One feature unique to the 4Runner is its electrically- operated rear window which rolls down into the hatch door, an attribute reminiscent of the old family station wagon. Interior appointments include air conditioning, power windows, a six-speaker AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD changer, power locks, split folding rear seat, an overhead console, intermittent wipers and rain-repellant glass on the front door windows. There are a number of packages that further enhance the SR5's interior or you could just opt for the Limited, which is practically loaded to the gills. But beware, a fully loaded 4Runner can easily exceed $35K.

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