2002 Suzuki Vitara

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of the 2002 Suzuki Vitara. Base trim shown.

2002 Suzuki Vitara Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Closely related to the Suzuki Grand Vitara, the compact Vitara sport utility vehicle is available as a two-door convertible or four-door hardtop, and it comes with a four-cylinder engine rather than a V-6. The Vitara is sold in similar form as the Chevrolet Tracker, which has a V-6 engine available. The convertible model rides a shorter wheelbase than the hardtop. The JS and JX trims have been dropped for 2002, which leaves only the better-equipped JLS and JLX. A fender-mounted antenna goes on 2002 models, which get donut-style headrests and LATCH child-safety seat tethers.

Both the Vitara and Tracker are designed by Suzuki and are built in Canada at a plant that the Japanese automaker shares with General Motors. The Vitara has not been a strong seller, with only 9,015 units sold during 2000. When a replacement arrives for 2004, it may be front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive.



Exterior
Measuring 163 inches long on a 97.6-inch wheelbase, the four-door Vitara is 11 inches longer in both wheelbase and overall length than the two-door version. But the convertible is nearly as wide and tall as the four-door and has a manually folding canvas top over the rear seats. The Vitara’s spare tire is mounted on the tailgate, which opens to the right. Unlike some other small SUVs, the Vitara is based on a truck chassis with separate body-on-frame construction.



Interior
While the Vitara convertible seats only four occupants, the four-door hardtop holds five. Rear sea...
Vehicle Overview
Closely related to the Suzuki Grand Vitara, the compact Vitara sport utility vehicle is available as a two-door convertible or four-door hardtop, and it comes with a four-cylinder engine rather than a V-6. The Vitara is sold in similar form as the Chevrolet Tracker, which has a V-6 engine available. The convertible model rides a shorter wheelbase than the hardtop. The JS and JX trims have been dropped for 2002, which leaves only the better-equipped JLS and JLX. A fender-mounted antenna goes on 2002 models, which get donut-style headrests and LATCH child-safety seat tethers.

Both the Vitara and Tracker are designed by Suzuki and are built in Canada at a plant that the Japanese automaker shares with General Motors. The Vitara has not been a strong seller, with only 9,015 units sold during 2000. When a replacement arrives for 2004, it may be front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive.



Exterior
Measuring 163 inches long on a 97.6-inch wheelbase, the four-door Vitara is 11 inches longer in both wheelbase and overall length than the two-door version. But the convertible is nearly as wide and tall as the four-door and has a manually folding canvas top over the rear seats. The Vitara’s spare tire is mounted on the tailgate, which opens to the right. Unlike some other small SUVs, the Vitara is based on a truck chassis with separate body-on-frame construction.



Interior
While the Vitara convertible seats only four occupants, the four-door hardtop holds five. Rear seats are short of legroom in both body styles. Modest cargo space behind the rear seat can be expanded to nearly 45 cubic feet by folding the split rear seat; the convertible has 11 fewer cubic feet of cargo room.



Under the Hood
Now that the 1.6-liter engine previously used in the JS/JX convertibles is gone, a 127-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder goes into all versions of the Vitara. The stronger power plant teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. The 4WD system has a Low range that is not intended for use on dry pavement. Daytime running lights are standard. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are not available.

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.0)
Interior Design
(3.0)
Comfort
(3.0)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

great car

by truckerterri from Castle Rock 80104 on May 28, 2017

I bought one new, bought abother used,looking for another used now that they are no longer sold here, which sucks It was a great 4 weeks drive although needed to upgrade tires. Its hard to find them ... Read full review

(4.0)

Handy and reliable

by Bunny from Phoenix on June 9, 2012

I bought the car for it's style and it's very handy, can go very small curves on the parking lot. Had never any problems with it. Really like it :) Read full review

Safety & 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 Vitara 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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