2002 Chevrolet Tahoe

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of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. Base trim shown.

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Based on the Silverado pickup truck, Chevrolet’s full-size Tahoe is the less-gargantuan kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a near-twin called the Yukon, and both models compete against the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Chevrolet and GMC last reworked their full-size models for 2000. A Premium Ride suspension is standard for 2002, except in the Z71 edition. New preferred-equipment groups are available, and the LS gains some standard items that include assist steps, six-way power seats, fog lamps and heated mirrors.

Available on the 4x4 LS, a Z71 Off-Road Package includes a firmer suspension, 17-inch tires, tubular side steps, wheel flares and lower-body moldings. The Z71 also gets color-keyed mirrors, bumpers and grille, and GM’s OnStar communication system. OnStar is standard on the top-of-the-line LT and optional on the LS.

Exterior
For most shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one big advantage over the Suburban: smaller dimensions, which means easier maneuverability. Riding a 116-inch wheelbase, its overall length is 198.8 inches — nearly 6 inches shorter than the Ford Expedition and 20 inches shorter than the Suburban. The Tahoe stands more than 76 inches tall and measures 78.8 inches wide. Buyers get a choice of swing-out rear cargo doors or an aluminum liftgate. An optional roof rack holds up to 200 pounds.

Interior
As many as nine occupants can fit into the Tahoe, when it’s equipped with the optional three-place rea...
Vehicle Overview
Based on the Silverado pickup truck, Chevrolet’s full-size Tahoe is the less-gargantuan kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a near-twin called the Yukon, and both models compete against the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Chevrolet and GMC last reworked their full-size models for 2000. A Premium Ride suspension is standard for 2002, except in the Z71 edition. New preferred-equipment groups are available, and the LS gains some standard items that include assist steps, six-way power seats, fog lamps and heated mirrors.

Available on the 4x4 LS, a Z71 Off-Road Package includes a firmer suspension, 17-inch tires, tubular side steps, wheel flares and lower-body moldings. The Z71 also gets color-keyed mirrors, bumpers and grille, and GM’s OnStar communication system. OnStar is standard on the top-of-the-line LT and optional on the LS.

Exterior
For most shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one big advantage over the Suburban: smaller dimensions, which means easier maneuverability. Riding a 116-inch wheelbase, its overall length is 198.8 inches — nearly 6 inches shorter than the Ford Expedition and 20 inches shorter than the Suburban. The Tahoe stands more than 76 inches tall and measures 78.8 inches wide. Buyers get a choice of swing-out rear cargo doors or an aluminum liftgate. An optional roof rack holds up to 200 pounds.

Interior
As many as nine occupants can fit into the Tahoe, when it’s equipped with the optional three-place rear seat. Front and middle bench seats also hold three passengers each. Front buckets are optional, which drops the total capacity to eight. The Tahoe’s middle and rear seats fold down and can be removed, with the help of integral wheels.

The Tahoe’s cargo volume is 105 cubic feet with the middle and rear seats removed, but cargo space drops to 16 cubic feet with the optional rear seat in place.

Under the Hood
The base engine is a 4.8-liter V-8 that makes 275 horsepower, while the LS gets a 285-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Tahoe can have either rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages automatically when needed to regain or maintain traction on slippery surfaces. Optional trailer packages give 2WD models a 7,900-pound towing capacity, while the 4WD Tahoe can haul as much as 8,700 pounds. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Unlike some full-size SUVs that give the impression of immensity from behind the wheel, both the Tahoe and its GMC Yukon cousin come across as tolerable in size for most journeys. Not only is the Tahoe easy to drive, but it can actually be enjoyable, which is more than can be said for some large-size sport utility models.

The Tahoe is roomy and comfortable inside and maneuvers better than its external dimensions suggest. Performance is abundant and the ride is reasonably smooth, though the action gets harsher if equipped with the Z71 Off-Road Package. But in offroad treks and trailer-towing tasks, the Z71 delivers a wholly satisfying experience.

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Reliable, Comfortable, and Fabulous

by MaggieT from Kalispell, MT on April 18, 2018

When I bought my used 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe in like-new condition, I knew I had found a gem. The leather interior is beautiful and the vehicle is spacious and comfortable. I have enough cargo space for ... Read full review

(3.0)

best car i'v owned

by anthony from stephens city va. on January 25, 2018

love it no maintance. good on trips and roomy,plenty of room tinted just right for the sun ,over all just a good car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe currently has 6 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tahoe received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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