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Suzuki Vitara Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 127 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Suzuki Vitara

  • One of the fastest-growing vehicle segments is the small SUV. Suzuki's Vitara is definitely small, but there's no reason that it should be contributing to mini-ute sales growth charts unless somebody out there really wants a convertible SUV and can't afford a Jeep Wrangler.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Available two-door soft-top body style, truck-based body-on-frame design.

  • Cons

    Meager cargo space, cramped rear seats, lacks refinement.

  • What's New for 2002

    The previous base-level Vitara JS and JX have been discontinued. The Vitara now comes only in fully equipped JLS (rear-wheel drive) and JLX (four-wheel drive) trim in either body style. Additionally, motivation for all Vitaras now comes from the 2.0-liter engine as the 1.6-liter has been dropped. Other changes for the new year include the addition of the LATCH child seat system, a new fender-mounted antenna, new donut-style headrests for better visibility and new exterior colors. Suzuki offers 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and towing for the duration of the vehicle's warranty to increase customer satisfaction.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



185k miles with some work

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Vitara JLS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have enjoyed my Vitara since I purchased new of the showroom floor. I will have to say the up keep and cost have been a little intense since 150K miles but well worth the trade off. The fuel tank wires frayed (easy fix), Alternator (new brushes 14.95), rear brake shoes (178K miles), differential fluid change (180K make sure you check if your around alot of high water) and Mobil 1 high milage synth every 3,000 miles. Still running strong. Ive change the front brakes 3x and finally went to cryo rotors with synth pads. Worst problem, A/C pump failed and a/c leaks. Other then the A/C I use maybe 1/4 qt of oil every third fill up. Not bad in my book. www.oemsuzukiparts.com




3 to 5 days for

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Vitara JLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

hi there, i been driving my Vitara for 7 years now the truck just hit 200k miles and its starting to see some oil leaks on the engine and lets get to my point .... everytime something brakes i have to find a suzuki dealer for parts and it takes 3-5 days to get parts.1st thing to go was the alt and i had to get one at a autozone 3 hours away and needed it. was on a sunday and i needed to get to work on monday.road trip.the rear passanger side alxe bearings went out...the alxe almost come out!!!! the brakes failed..if you want a car that takes 3- 5 days to fix buy one




All-round duty-bound

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Vitara JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Great little SUV in this day of outrageous gas prices. By traveling 5-10 mph under the speed limit, my scanguage tells me I average 31-32 mpg. Good little vehicle for a man or woman and fun to drive and easy to maintain.




My suzuki

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Vitara JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have had no probelms with the car to speak of but the dealer is another thing The only wisdom I would give is if you're going to do any towing ( i tow 2 quads) I would get the V-6 My 4 cyl. is borderline for hills and such Other than that ilove it Off road it really shines not fast or alot of ground clearance but pick your route carefully and if it can clear it it'll take you ANYWHERE..... KW




My third one

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Vitara JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

This is the 3rd 4wd Suzuki I have owned. irst was a Samauri,then Side Kick. and the last one the Vitara. After owning the "dangerous" Samuari :=) I knew I would probabably never drive anther brand though would opt for more comforts. It was time for my wife to get a new vehicle so she ended up with the Vitara. My Sidekick only has 170000 miles and is not ready to go yet. My wife teaches at 2 colleges 50+ miles from each other and I wanted to have a reliable, durable and safe vehicle for her in any weather or situation. That sums up the Suzuki Vitara.




So far, so good.

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Vitara JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I use this car for work in the city. It is comfortable, quiet, and well assembled. Not particularly peppy (automatic). Visiblity is good. Nice size, great manuverability. Fine climate controls. Real bad back seat leg room if you have two adults in the front seats. My biggest gripe is that I cannot seem to exceed 20 mpg city/ 23 mpg hiway (no matter how gently I drive).



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Full 2002 Suzuki Vitara Review

What's New for 2002

The previous base-level Vitara JS and JX have been discontinued. The Vitara now comes only in fully equipped JLS (rear-wheel drive) and JLX (four-wheel drive) trim in either body style. Additionally, motivation for all Vitaras now comes from the 2.0-liter engine as the 1.6-liter has been dropped. Other changes for the new year include the addition of the LATCH child seat system, a new fender-mounted antenna, new donut-style headrests for better visibility and new exterior colors. Suzuki offers 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and towing for the duration of the vehicle's warranty to increase customer satisfaction.

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Talk About The 2002 Vitara

2002 Suzuki Vitara Discussions See all Started By

jdd7
jdd7
08-14-2009
HI CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE IVE JUST BOUGHT A GRAND VITARA 2002 1600SE 3DR THE FIRST DAY I GOT IT THE CAR RAN VERYWELL.BUT NOW THE (CHECK ENGINE MALFUNCTION LIGHT) WONT GO OUT.ANY IDEAS...


frankno1
frankno1
08-10-2002
I own a Vitara 4dr and and XL7 both 2002 and noticed riding on the drivers seat of XL7 seat it appeared to be narrower than the drivers seat in the Vitara. I couldn't believe this so I had to measur...


jamesknight1
jamesknight1
06-14-2002
I enjoyed your posts. I just bought a 2002 JLS 4 door NEW for $14K. I just finished paying for my 1998 Dakota 4WD 5.2L We traded in a 93 Ranger XL. I want to buy a service manual for the Vitara. Al...



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