2002 Suzuki Esteem

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Suzuki Esteem. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    122-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2002 Suzuki Esteem Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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 tra...
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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most Dependable Car Ever

by trnscndr from Denton, TX on December 18, 2010

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

(3.0)

Not very compatible.

by Haseeb from Islamabad.Pakistan on June 30, 2009

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. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Suzuki Esteem currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2002 Suzuki Esteem has not been tested.

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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 Esteem 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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