• (4.7) 15 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $1,271–$6,543
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-19
  • Engine: 203-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 4
2002 Ford Explorer Sport

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The introduction of the new midsize four-door Explorer doesn’t mean the previous model disappeared. Restyled as an early 2001 model, the two-door body style — dubbed Explorer Sport — continues in the market without significant changes for 2002. The Explorer Sport Trac also debuted in spring 2000 and is based on the earlier-generation four-door Explorer but with an open cargo bed.

The Explorer Sport is 180.4 inches long overall with a 101.8-inch wheelbase. It measures 70.2 inches wide and 68.2 inches tall.

Passenger capacity is far smaller than that of the four-door Explorer. The two-door Sport fits only four occupants on cloth-upholstered bucket seats or captain’s chairs up front and a split, folding rear seat. Cargo volume is 71.4 cubic feet with the split rear seatbacks folded down for extra storage room. Leather upholstery is optional.

Under the Hood
The lone engine is a 203-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with overhead camshafts. Either a five-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission can be installed. Explorer Sport models come with either rear-drive or Control Trac II four-wheel drive.

Antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats and a Reverse Sensing System that alerts the driver of nearby objects to the rear while backing up are optional.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


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Great truck. One of the two best cars I've owned.

by Satisfied seller from Garland, Tx on April 8, 2017

2002 Ford Explorer sport that I bought in 2010. I put 159,000 miles on it with regular maintenance. I just sold it in ten days on cars.com. I drove this truck daily averaging 2400 miles per mo... Read Full Review

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Safety Ratings

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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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