2002 Toyota Corolla

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2002 Toyota Corolla

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

174.0” x 54.5”


Front-wheel drive



3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • CE


  • S


  • LE


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2002 Toyota Corolla review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Following a face-lift for 2001, Toyota’s front-drive subcompact sedan sees no changes for 2002. A near-twin of the Chevrolet Prizm, which will be dropped after the 2002 model year, the Corolla has been Toyota’s second-best seller behind the midsize Camry. According to Automotive News, Toyota dealers sold 230,156 Corollas during 2000.

A sporty S model slots between the base CE and upscale LE trims. Chevrolet’s Prizm has different styling but uses the same front-drive platform and mechanical components as the Corolla. Both are built at a California plant that the two companies share, but some Corollas are produced in Ontario, Canada. A redesigned 2003 Corolla goes on sale in January 2002 and is likely to have a more youthful appearance.

Equipped with multireflector halogen headlights, the Corolla’s styling is clean but conventional. The S model has color-keyed side moldings, grille and rear mudguards. The Corolla rides a 97-inch wheelbase and measures 174 inches long — just slightly shorter than the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. Four-door sedans are 66.7 inches wide and 53.7 inches tall.

The Corolla seats five occupants on cloth-upholstered seats. Compared to some rivals, the Corolla’s standard-equipment list is on the meager side. Even on the top-of-the-line LE, such items as air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors are optional rather than standard. In fact, the LE is the only Corolla model that comes with a standard cassette player, as well as a split-folding rear seat, rear-window defogger and tilt steering wheel. None of this seems to deter buyers, who simply check off desired items that are offered in special packages.

Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 125 horsepower works with a standard five-speed-manual gearbox or a three- or four-speed-automatic transmission. The three-speed unit is optional on the Corolla CE, while the others can opt for the four-speed automatic.

Side-impact airbags are optional on all models, and an antilock brake option is available for only the LE and S editions. Toyota says the Corolla’s bumpers can withstand a 5-mph collision without damage, a claim that some larger cars cannot match.

Driving Impressions
Despite conservative styling and prices that are higher than those of many competitors, the Corolla is one of the best subcompacts on the market. Toyota’s long-lived sedan delivers an impressive blend of frugal fuel economy, refinement, reliability and durability.

Performance won’t stir emotions, but it’s wholly adequate for ordinary driving, whether the Corolla is equipped with the manual shift or the automatic transmission. Corolla owners can expect easy driving, capable maneuvering and a smooth ride in a sedan that’s quieter than some larger automobiles.


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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 3.9
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 3.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Love, Love,Love

I bought my girl Dec 2001. She has been a great car. Almost to 200,000 miles. The only major work she has needed was because of accidents. I plan to gat another Toyota soon, but she is not going anywhere. My son wants her when he starts driving!


I'm still using this car today.

The 2002 Corolla is a car that you can count on to take you wherever you need to go. It gets very good gas mileage It's a great car to own.


Garbage vehicle

This vehicle was the biggest piece of garbage I have ever owned. The few years I had it were the worst experience I have ever had with a vehicle. It barely made it to 150,000 miles. I had to replace 2 catalytic converters in that time. I have never spent that much money with so few miles just keeping a vehicle on the road. I never went over 5000 miles between oil changes (many were every 3000) and all routine maintenance was done in a timely manner. Apparently it was too much to ask that a car I bought brand new actually perform decently and last. Toyota really phoned it in with 2002 Corolla.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
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