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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Essentially the same in design as the Chevrolet Cavalier, the front-drive Sunfire subcompact is Pontiac’s lowest priced model. Soon after the 2002 model year begins, the Sunfire will gain a new 140-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine, which becomes standard in the Sunfire GT and optional for SE models. A tilt wheel and electronic trunk release are now standard, and an auxiliary power outlet will be installed on later models.

The Sunfire is available as a coupe and sedan, while the sporty GT model comes only as a coupe. Both the Sunfire and Cavalier may receive face-lifts for the 2003 model year and will be in GM’s lineup for a while longer before brand-new models replace them.

Exterior
The Sunfire wears Pontiac’s sportier personality and features different front and rear styling than Chevrolet’s Cavalier. A rear spoiler is standard, and the SE coupe and sedan display side ribs and rocker-panel moldings. The GT coupe has standard fog lights.

Mounted on a 104.1-inch wheelbase, the Sunfire sedan measures 181.8 inches long overall, and the coupe is just a hair longer. Sedans stand 54.7 inches tall vs. 53 inches for two-door Sunfires.

Interior
As many as five occupants fit inside the Sunfire, with its front buckets and three-place rear seat. The Sunfire has a floor-mounted transmission shift lever. The standard center console includes a padded armrest, two cupholders for front occupants, and storage slots for coins, tapes and CDs. A cassette player is...

Vehicle Overview
Essentially the same in design as the Chevrolet Cavalier, the front-drive Sunfire subcompact is Pontiac’s lowest priced model. Soon after the 2002 model year begins, the Sunfire will gain a new 140-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine, which becomes standard in the Sunfire GT and optional for SE models. A tilt wheel and electronic trunk release are now standard, and an auxiliary power outlet will be installed on later models.

The Sunfire is available as a coupe and sedan, while the sporty GT model comes only as a coupe. Both the Sunfire and Cavalier may receive face-lifts for the 2003 model year and will be in GM’s lineup for a while longer before brand-new models replace them.

Exterior
The Sunfire wears Pontiac’s sportier personality and features different front and rear styling than Chevrolet’s Cavalier. A rear spoiler is standard, and the SE coupe and sedan display side ribs and rocker-panel moldings. The GT coupe has standard fog lights.

Mounted on a 104.1-inch wheelbase, the Sunfire sedan measures 181.8 inches long overall, and the coupe is just a hair longer. Sedans stand 54.7 inches tall vs. 53 inches for two-door Sunfires.

Interior
As many as five occupants fit inside the Sunfire, with its front buckets and three-place rear seat. The Sunfire has a floor-mounted transmission shift lever. The standard center console includes a padded armrest, two cupholders for front occupants, and storage slots for coins, tapes and CDs. A cassette player is standard on both models. Air conditioning and a rear-window defogger also are standard.

Under the Hood
The SE model comes with a 115-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder, and the GT coupe will gain a new 140-hp, 2.2-liter dual-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder Ecotec engine, which will be optional in the SE. A 150-hp, 2.4-liter twin-cam four-cylinder is optional for both models. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Decked out with extra body trim, the Sunfire may look sportier than its Chevrolet Cavalier cousin, but the driving experience isn’t much different. Both models have been around for a long time. They aren’t the most refined or the best-performing small cars on the market, especially since so many competitors have been introduced recently.

Acceleration with the GT is considerably stronger, as expected, but handling with any model leans more toward the ordinary side. Even so, a reasonably spacious Sunfire still qualifies as a good value for shoppers who seek sensible transportation and don’t demand the latest in technology, safety features or fashionable styling.

 

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.9
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Sporty and reliable

by waterskidonut from Stevens Point on May 15, 2018

I drove this car for four years and it never failed to start even on the coldest of winter days. Love the layout of the back seat and the space available with the bench seat folded down. Read full review

(5.0)

Pontiac Sunfire

by Montreal, Quebec on September 9, 2017

This car has been a real gem! Havent had any repairs done to it in 10 years other than general maintenance. It still runs super well, has no rust and is very comfortable. Now that its 15 yrs old & ... Read full review

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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 Sunfire 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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