2002 Chevrolet S-10

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$13,961

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2002 Chevrolet S-10

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
A third door is now standard on extended-cab versions of Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck, which eases loading and access to the cargoA third door is now standard on extended-cab versions of Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck, which eases loading and access to the cargo area on the driver’s side. Air conditioning and a tachometer have also joined the standard-equipment list. The two-wheel-drive, regular-cab, long-bed S-10 has been dropped.

Trucks sold in selected northern states now include a Cold Climate option group. Crew Cab models, with four full-size doors that open like regular passenger-car doors, joined the lineup in 2001. This year, the S-10 is available with a Graphite leather-trimmed interior. With the exception of archrival Ford, compact pickups from other manufacturers also offer the crew-cab configuration. The SuperCab Ford Ranger has narrow back doors that swing toward the rear and cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Two-wheel-drive S-10 models can be equipped with a four-cylinder engine or a 4.3-liter V-6, whereas four-wheel-drive trucks come with a V-6 power plant only. GMC offers a similar compact pickup, called the Sonoma, which is due for a redesign along with the S-10.

Exterior
Chevrolet’s compact pickup is offered in four configurations. Regular-cab models have a 6-foot cargo bed, come only with 2WD, measure 190.1 inches long and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. Extended-cab models also have a 6-foot bed but are offered with either 2WD or 4WD. Crew Cab 4×4 models have a 4.5-foot bed. Crew Cab pickups are 204.8 inches long overall with a 122.9-inch wheelbase — the same dimensions as a 4WD extended cab. The 2WD extended-cab S-10 rides a 117.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 206.1 inches long.

Sporty exterior packages let Chevrolet aim its S-10 toward younger buyers. The Xtreme Sport Suspension Package imparts a “low-rider” look with a ride height that’s 2 inches lower than normal. Said to be “for those who want to change their image,” Xtreme pickups are fitted with 270-degree ground-effects body components and a front air dam with fog lamps. Striping is optional. The ZR2 Wide Stance offroad package for the extended-cab 4×4 now has “ZR2” decals and includes Bilstein shocks, 31-inch on-/offroad tires and wide, argent wheel flares.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat two or three occupants, while extended cabs hold three or four and Crew Cabs are built for five passengers. Quite a selection of seating options is available, including bucket seats, a three-place front bench in either vinyl or cloth, and a split front bench with a folding center armrest. Extended-cab models add two folding rear jump seats, but if the optional third door is installed, the jump seat on the driver’s side is deleted. Crew Cab models have two front buckets and a three-place rear bench.

Under the Hood
Two-wheel-drive pickups have a standard 120-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. Most buyers choose the 4.3-liter Vortec V-6, which is standard on 4WD models and optional with 2WD. The V-6 produces 190 hp in the 4WD installation and 180 hp with 2WD versions. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional, but Crew Cab models come with the automatic only.

Crew Cab models come only with the 4WD Insta-Trac system, which allows push-button shifting between 2WD and 4WD on the move. Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard. area on the driver’s side. Air conditioning and a tachometer have also joined the standard-equipment list. The two-wheel-drive, regular-cab, long-bed S-10 has been dropped.

Trucks sold in selected northern states now include a Cold Climate option group. Crew Cab models, with four full-size doors that open like regular passenger-car doors, joined the lineup in 2001. This year, the S-10 is available with a Graphite leather-trimmed interior. With the exception of archrival Ford, compact pickups from other manufacturers also offer the crew-cab configuration. The SuperCab Ford Ranger has narrow back doors that swing toward the rear and cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Two-wheel-drive S-10 models can be equipped with a four-cylinder engine or a 4.3-liter V-6, whereas four-wheel-drive trucks come with a V-6 power plant only. GMC offers a similar compact pickup, called the Sonoma, which is due for a redesign along with the S-10.

Exterior
Chevrolet’s compact pickup is offered in four configurations. Regular-cab models have a 6-foot cargo bed, come only with 2WD, measure 190.1 inches long and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. Extended-cab models also have a 6-foot bed but are offered with either 2WD or 4WD. Crew Cab 4×4 models have a 4.5-foot bed. Crew Cab pickups are 204.8 inches long overall with a 122.9-inch wheelbase — the same dimensions as a 4WD extended cab. The 2WD extended-cab S-10 rides a 117.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 206.1 inches long.

Sporty exterior packages let Chevrolet aim its S-10 toward younger buyers. The Xtreme Sport Suspension Package imparts a “low-rider” look with a ride height that’s 2 inches lower than normal. Said to be “for those who want to change their image,” Xtreme pickups are fitted with 270-degree ground-effects body components and a front air dam with fog lamps. Striping is optional. The ZR2 Wide Stance offroad package for the extended-cab 4×4 now has “ZR2” decals and includes Bilstein shocks, 31-inch on-/offroad tires and wide, argent wheel flares.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat two or three occupants, while extended cabs hold three or four and Crew Cabs are built for five passengers. Quite a selection of seating options is available, including bucket seats, a three-place front bench in either vinyl or cloth, and a split front bench with a folding center armrest. Extended-cab models add two folding rear jump seats, but if the optional third door is installed, the jump seat on the driver’s side is deleted. Crew Cab models have two front buckets and a three-place rear bench.

Under the Hood
Two-wheel-drive pickups have a standard 120-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. Most buyers choose the 4.3-liter Vortec V-6, which is standard on 4WD models and optional with 2WD. The V-6 produces 190 hp in the 4WD installation and 180 hp with 2WD versions. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional, but Crew Cab models come with the automatic only.

Crew Cab models come only with the 4WD Insta-Trac system, which allows push-button shifting between 2WD and 4WD on the move. Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Mine is 2000 s10. Want s10 year?

Except for rust, going strong at 345,000 miles. Used for hauling firewood and scrap metal and building materials. More miles hauling loads than empty. Owned 13 yrs. Had 191,000 miles when purchased. 2.2 manual trans. Excellent in snow for 2wd

4.0

Too early to rate the reliability

The S-10 was a great truck (I once owned an '89). I hope that this one lasts as long as the '89. Once the '89 started suffering from "Body Cancer - RUST" I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I would loose the battle to save the truck. I sold it on craigslist. The fellow hat bought it said, he was going the remove the body and the truck bed, and install another one from an S-10 that had a bad engine.

4.3

Perfect homeowner p/u

Used for towing jet ski, trips to home improvement store for supplies, trips to transfer station to dispose of items, junior moving van, and plowing driveway

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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