2002 4Runner New Car Test Drive
Toyota 4Runner is enjoyable to drive. Its coil-spring rear suspension gives it surprisingly good handling. Its V6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission deliver good acceleration performance.
Comfortable and convenient, it comes with lots of storage room and can be fitted with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and other luxury features.
Head off the highway and the 4Runner really comes into its own. This is one of the tougher trucks in Toyota's lineup and one of the tougher trucks available from anyone. 4Runner is built on a truck chassis and it's set up to venture away from civilized roads with lots of suspension travel. Four-wheel-drive models are equipped with a low-range set of gears.
4Runners are available in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited. Each comes in a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
Toyota's excellent 183-horsepower V6 comes as standard equipment along with a four-speed electronically controlled automatic. (The four-cylinder engine and the five-speed manual transmission were discontinued year.
Prices range from the $26,335 SR5 two-wheel-drive 4Runner to the $36,105 Limited with V6, four-wheel drive, leather and power everything.
Traction control for rear-wheel drive models, anti-lock brakes, 15-inch wheels and stability control are all standard features.
There are relatively minor changes for the 2002 model year: new exterior colors, a chrome license plate garnish, new chrome package for SR5 versions and changes to the Sport Edition option package ($1,585), which now includes front bumper skid plate, badging, floor mats and tube steps as well as a hood scoop, aluminum wheels with 16-inch 265/70 tires, 13-inch brakes, a 4.10 rear differential, sports seats, special door trim planels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic instrument panel trim and color-keyed bumpers and grille.