• (4.5) 25 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,713–$12,301
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 15-17
  • Engine: 190-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 5,250 lbs.
2002 Toyota Tundra

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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

4.5

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Best vehicle I have ever owned.

by Rock from Piedmont on October 25, 2017

Drive this vehicle every day. Would not hesitate to take it on a long trip. Very reliable. I have had many offers to buy the vehicle from me but I would always give the same answer, Not For Sale.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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