2002 Ford Explorer Sport

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport

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Overview

4 trims

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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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I wish I could drive this car for life

I love this car so much. If I could have my 2002 Ford Explorer for the rest of my life, I would. I’ve easily put ~40,000 miles on it since I got it (it was already at around 80,000!) and I haven’t paid for a single repair aside from a window that wouldn’t roll up. Oil changes and regular check ups. That’s it. HUGE car with tons of space for both people and/or cargo. I can fit my 10 foot surfboard in here with every door closed, it’s awesome. Needless to say, everyone comes to me for help moving. I will be searching for the most similar car when I need to give this one up someday.

4.4

Alot for the money

Nice, seats six comfortably. All leather in great condition! Power everything! No dents and paint is good! Runs Great! Price is really good for what you get!

5.0

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

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 month. The young couple that bought it knew that the truck would be their's midway through the test drive, when they turned around. This truck has a lot more to give them at 229343 miles.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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