2002 Toyota Tundra

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2002 Toyota Tundra

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2002 Toyota Tundra review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for 2000, the Tundra was the first full-size Japanese-brand pickup and the first with a V-8 engine option. A limited-slip differential is newly available for V-8 models, and the SR5 can have new optional chrome-style wheels. Limited models now come with several new standard features, which include a premium cassette/in-dash CD changer audio system, antilock brakes, daytime running lights, keyless entry and an anti-theft system.

The Tundra comes as a regular-cab model with an 8-foot cargo bed or as an Access Cab (extended-cab) with rear-hinged back doors and a 6.5-foot bed. A 3.4-liter V-6 engine mates with either a manual or automatic transmission, while the 4.7-liter V-8 comes with the automatic gearbox only. The Tundra serves as the basis for the Sequoia sport utility vehicle and is built at the same Indiana plant. Rivals include the full crop of domestic full-size pickups: Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra.

Exterior
Regular-cab Tundras have an 8-foot cargo bed, while the four-door extended Access Cab version gets a 6.25-foot bed. The Access Cab has two rear-hinged back doors that can’t be opened until the front doors are open. Unlike some examples of the extended-cab design, the narrow rear doors have exterior handles. Three trim levels are available: base, SR5 and Limited V8.

Both body styles ride a 128.3-inch wheelbase and stretch to 217.5 inches long overall. By comparison, a regular-cab Ford F-150 with an 8-foot cargo bed and an F-150 SuperCab with a 6.5-foot bed are both 225.5 inches long. The Tundra’s maximum payload is an even 2,000 pounds, while the F-150 has a maximum payload of 3,150 pounds. A TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road Package is available, which comes with progressive rate springs, Bilstein gas shocks, all-terrain tires, aluminum-alloy wheels, overfenders, fog lamps and contoured mudguards.

Interior
Regular cabs and Access Cabs can have either a pair of contoured captain’s chairs or a 60/40-split front bench that holds three occupants. A power driver’s seat and two-level console is included with the captain’s chairs. Access Cabs add a three-place, 60/40-split backseat with a fold-down center armrest. Both halves of the rear cushion fold easily to create additional storage space, or valuables can be hidden in a storage compartment under the cushion. Leather upholstery is optional on the top-of-the-line Limited model. Sun visors have pullout extensions.

Under the Hood
A standard, 190-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 engine mates with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed-automatic transmission. The optional 245-hp, 4.7-liter, “i-Force” V-8 teams with the automatic unit only.

The Tundra’s Touch-Select four-wheel-drive system can be moved in or out of 4WD High on the move by using dashboard controls. Towing capacity is as high as 7,200 pounds with the V-8 engine.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard on the Tundra Limited and optional on other models. Dual front airbags include a passenger-side cutoff switch.

 

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

02 4.7L Tundra IS a BEST of 1st generation!!

I absolutely love my truck , there were a few issues that having a friend do repairs wasn't quite the way I should've handled this experience. My truck has an interference engine which he has never heard of, therefore instead of taking all the tundra gurus ' advice from the experienced and knowledgeable,he just kept throwing parts at it in hopes to miraculously get it right. But unfortunately,due to my lack of funds and the only person I could get to work on my truck at no charge, it now sounds like a diesel, mpg is not up to par, performance power not as it was prior. Imo he changed a few things that were not necessary. The timing belt is a critical component,especially when you are running interference! I tried to point out the main factors in the upkeep to avoid destroying the engine but he basically ignored what I was explaining. A timing belt replacement sounds easy enough...... there's much more to it if you don't want to dismantle the engine repeatedly. Water pump,hoses,radiator, along with the belt, I may not have nentioned the full line up,the point is that everything component that is in junction with the belt may as well all be replaced at approximately 80-90,000 miles. The last thing you want is the belt to break while in use!!! Yep if it does, look for a new ,used or rebuild engine,the damage will be disastrous. What I like most having the interference engine is the performance in power, I love the power my tundra had. Had will be a has been ,I'm determined to have it all corrected by a toyota pro. I trust my 02 tundra to never leave me stranded, as it never has. I am at almost 300,000 miles. NEVER SKIMP ON FLUIDS, I am OEM all the way when it comes to parts beneath the hood,AND I only feed NON ETHANOL FUEL to my tundra. Another tip when replacing anything under the hood, best to change both. If you tear down to change gaskets, best bet is all at once save your time for taking trips in your tundra. The headlights could've been better factory quality but when it comes to smooth comfort,reliability,2002 toyota tundra sr5 4.7L is most definitely worth every penny, imo one of the best years of tundra , most definitely out of the first generation. My granddaughter says she wants my truck, by the time she's able to drive I may not . I have no doubt in my mind that this tundra could be on the road with her for at least 10 or more years. She is only 13.

4.6

2002 Tundra, BEST TRUCK I'VE OWNED AND I'VE OWNED,

My 2002 tundra limited access cab 4 door has 230,000 miles on it with just regular maintenance and hundreds of oil changes. Wears tires perfect and has never been aligned. Why buy a new truck when this one will last me probably till I DIE.

5.0

Loving my 2002 Tundra

I bought this 2002 Tundra SR 5 a few months after 9/11. I have driven it across the U.S. several times from GA to California. It has never failed me, including two cross-country tows of a household goods trailer of about 5,000 pounds. Paint job is still original even though it lives outdoors 24/7 for the last 5 years. Easy on tires and gas. Relatively easy to park and fits in an old garage. I retrofitted with a modern digital radio in 2016. Replaced a stolen ashtray in 2017, they stole the ashtray full of car wash change and left the new radio! If you can find one for sale, buy it! I am told the 2003-2005 models are just as good.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
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
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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