2002 Suzuki Esteem

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2002 Suzuki Esteem

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2002 Suzuki Esteem review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Except for an inside trunk-release handle and 14-inch aluminum wheels for selected models, little is new for 2002 on Suzuki’s front-drive subcompact sedan and wagon. The Esteem is the company’s only remaining passenger car now that the tiny Swift has been dropped. The Esteem is still offered in three trim levels — GL, GLX and GLX+ — and it has outsold the smaller, now departed Swift by a 5-1 margin.

Conventional in small-car appearance and featuring angled multireflector headlights, the Esteem has a 97.6-inch wheelbase. Its overall length is 166.3 inches — about 8 inches shorter than the Honda Civic sedan and 6 inches shorter than the Esteem wagon. Standing 53.9 inches tall, the wagon is 66.1 inches wide. An available Sport Package for the GLX includes a rear spoiler, fog lamps and chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

The Esteem sedan seats five occupants, with two front buckets and a folding rear seat. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a CD player and a rear-window defogger. The GLX adds power windows, locks and mirrors. All Esteem models have a Clarion stereo system with an in-dash CD player. The top-of-the-line GLX+ adds a cassette player to the CD unit. Passenger volume totals 85.9 cubic feet, and trunk capacity measures 12.1 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The Esteem’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine develops 122 horsepower and teams with either a standard five-speed-manual or optional four-speed-automatic transmission. The automatic gearbox is standard on the GLX+ sedan.

Antilock brakes are standard on the GLX+ sedan but are unavailable on other models. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
In refinement and overall assembly quality, the Esteem lags behind the better-known competition. Performance and handling are passable, and the price might be right. But there are better choices out in the marketplace that don’t cost much more than the Esteem.


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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.4
  • Interior design 3.6
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Still driving in 2021!

I bought my 2002 SuziQ 1.8L 5spd GLX Esteem Wagon in 2004 w/30,000 miles on it. Commuted 150 mi/day for 2yrs. Never a problem. Drove across country in 2015 with total confidence. In all these years, she has never have had a break-down. Have maintained routinely. Only other repairs were reasonably expected at those high mileage points, as with most vehicles. Still averaging 31 mpg (mostly town driving), no fluids' usage, no leaks. Only problem is 1 electric window needs manual assistance to close properly. Seat is not comfortable is my only complaint. Now that I've discovered these reviews, I'm encouraged to keep my SuziQ and not shop for a car until this one can't go anymore!


Most Dependable Car Ever

In forty years of driving, this car has been the only one to deliver zero maintenance under 100K mile


Not very compatible.

Well we have most of these cars in pakistan,but surprisingly it lacks performence.so it is not for sporty persons who want some fun while driveing a car.

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