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2002 Ford F-150

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2002 Ford F-150 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A new FX-4 offroad option package is available for 2002 models of Ford’s full-size, light-duty pickup truck. The King Ranch version also remains on sale and has been expanded to include the SuperCab. A new edition of the Harley-Davidson truck is expected to be announced later. A high-performance SVT F-150 Lightning offshoot with a 380-horsepower engine became available during 2001. Automatic temperature control is now standard on the SuperCrew Lariat and King Ranch editions, and all models come with standard air conditioning.

Whether it’s a regular-cab, SuperCab or four-door SuperCrew, Ford’s F-150 has been the top-selling vehicle in America for two decades and the best-selling truck for 24 years. Combined F-Series sales for the 2001 calendar year totaled 911,597 units, and it’s a safe bet that Ford will retain that title for another season.

The F-150 is Ford’s light-duty model. The SuperCrew crew-cab version debuted as an early 2001 model and features four conventional, front-hinged doors. It was the first full-size, half-ton model available with the crew-cab body style. Ford also offers Super Duty F-250/F-350 models with heftier payloads.

Exterior
Ford blends traditional truck styling cues, including a bold grille with rounded body panels. Three trim levels are available: XL, XLT and Lariat. SuperCrew models come in the XLT and Lariat trims only.

Regular-cab and extended-cab — called SuperCab — models can have either a 6.5- or 8-foot cargo bed. The short bed ...

Vehicle Overview
A new FX-4 offroad option package is available for 2002 models of Ford’s full-size, light-duty pickup truck. The King Ranch version also remains on sale and has been expanded to include the SuperCab. A new edition of the Harley-Davidson truck is expected to be announced later. A high-performance SVT F-150 Lightning offshoot with a 380-horsepower engine became available during 2001. Automatic temperature control is now standard on the SuperCrew Lariat and King Ranch editions, and all models come with standard air conditioning.

Whether it’s a regular-cab, SuperCab or four-door SuperCrew, Ford’s F-150 has been the top-selling vehicle in America for two decades and the best-selling truck for 24 years. Combined F-Series sales for the 2001 calendar year totaled 911,597 units, and it’s a safe bet that Ford will retain that title for another season.

The F-150 is Ford’s light-duty model. The SuperCrew crew-cab version debuted as an early 2001 model and features four conventional, front-hinged doors. It was the first full-size, half-ton model available with the crew-cab body style. Ford also offers Super Duty F-250/F-350 models with heftier payloads.

Exterior
Ford blends traditional truck styling cues, including a bold grille with rounded body panels. Three trim levels are available: XL, XLT and Lariat. SuperCrew models come in the XLT and Lariat trims only.

Regular-cab and extended-cab — called SuperCab — models can have either a 6.5- or 8-foot cargo bed. The short bed is available with flared fenders, which Ford calls Flareside, on regular cabs and SuperCabs. Otherwise, the cargo bed is a Styleside (slab-sided) design.

SuperCabs have narrow rear doors on both sides, which are hinged at the rear and can’t be opened unless the front doors are open. SuperCrew models have a larger passenger compartment than the F-150 SuperCab, but the cargo bed shrinks from 6.5 feet to 5.5 feet. The SuperCrew’s four front-hinged doors open to the front like conventional doors on passenger cars.

The SuperCrew rides a 138-inch wheelbase and measures 226 inches long overall, which is about the same length as the short-bed SuperCab. Other F-150 models come with one of several wheelbases and range from 72.4 to 76.9 inches in height.

Interior
Regular-cab and SuperCab models may be equipped with a three-place bench seat or dual front buckets. SuperCabs add a three-place, 60/40-split, folding rear seat. The four-door SuperCrew also has a three-place rear bench, which provides generous headroom and legroom for taller folks. The rear seat pivots forward for more inside storage space, but it’s not as useful as the kind that folds up.

Power-adjustable pedals with a 3-inch range and a dashboard switch are standard on Lariat models and optional on the XL and XLT. The power-adjustable pedals can be installed on trucks that come with an automatic transmission only; if equipped with the manual shift, the trucks get regular pedals.

Under the Hood
The base F-150 engine is a 202-hp, 4.2-liter V-6. Most buyers choose one of the V-8s, which are smoother, quieter and more potent. The 4.6-liter V-8 produces 231 hp, while the 5.4-liter is rated at 260 hp.

A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. All F-150 models are available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The 4WD models have a standard, floor-mounted transfer-case lever that permits shifting in or out of 4WD High on the move. An optional, electrically engaged transfer case is activated by a dashboard switch.

The towing capacity of models with an automatic transmission and V-6 engine ranges from 4,700 to 5,500 pounds, while trucks with the 5.4-liter V-8 can haul from 7,000 to 8,000 pounds. Four-wheel antilock brakes, dual front airbags and child-seat top-tether anchors are standard on all models.

 

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
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(4.4)
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(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Love this truck

by TufTrukDrver from Copperopolis Ca on February 23, 2020

‘02 lariat super crew 4x4 5.4, currently has 219k+. My 4th Ford truck and all were great. My ‘02 has never stranded me, only wish it had better cup holders and better gas mileage. I plan on keeping it... Read full review

(5.0)

comfortable, reliable Truck!

by wpwalters from Allegan, Mi. on February 19, 2020

The 3.5 is reliable, decent on gas, and plenty powerful. the seats are comfrotable and the ride is good for a 4x4. four wheel drive works great! Read full review

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The 2002 Ford F-150 currently has 10 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 F-150 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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