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2002 Toyota Celica Hatchback

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Toyota Celica Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Toyota Celica

  • A distinctive and entertaining sport coupe biased toward performance rather than convenience.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Radical styling, rev-happy GT-S engine, outstanding steering/braking/handling.

  • Cons

    Mediocre interior materials, difficult-to-master six-speed shifter, doesn't offer much in terms of features.

  • What's New for 2002

    There are no changes to the 2002 Toyota Celica.

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Gas Mileage

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  • 24
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  • 30
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great mpg at a great

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Celica GT 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I have had my 02 Celica GT 5speed since February 2013 and have had it on some long trips. Drove it from Upper Michigan to South west colorado and back. Even in the mountains i was maintaining over 30 mpg. While in the mountains at about 32 to 33 once we got to the flats i was between 36 and 37 mpg. For a car that sits so low to the ground and is light it rides very well sometimes I think it rides smother than my lifted Tundra. Haven't been able to really test how well it does in snow to much as winter was winding down when i first got it but I can say that it does handle slippery roads very well. With not having any traction control or abs just make sure you know how to operate thus said.




8 celica owner

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Celica GT 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

My 2002 Toyota Celica gts hatchback has been extremely reliable and I have bought celicas since 1977. I am sad to say I will not be buying any more toyotas because they delayed so long in telling people about the accelerator problems. As a matter of principal, this is my last toyota.




Toyota, please bring this car

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Celica GT 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my 2002 new and have 190,000 miles on it. I just returned from a seven week 9400 mile road trip. My guitar, my golf clubs, my clothes with room for a passenger. This is one of those amazing cars like the old Honda Civic Hatchback that do so many things well. On top of that, this design was over the top for a $20K sports car. I hope you all recall the great commercials implying that the car looked like it was going 60 while standing still. Since Toyota sold nearly as many of these as Mitsubishi did of their Eclipse I still don't understand the move to discontinue it. Let's face it, the MR2 may have been a performer but one could never travel in it with more than a carry-on.




02 celica gt

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Celica GT 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

We bought this car when me and my wife got married with 30,000 miles, the mileage now is 125,000. Since then we never had a single problem all we did its an oil change that's all, it is a wonderful car maintenance wise super reliable and awesome fuel economy, lots of trunk space unusual for the car its size. The things we are not so happy are the rear seats, lack of space even for kids, Horrible cup holder location and blind spots in the rear. Nice car definitely not family car.




Greaat sports coupe

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Celica GT 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I have had this car since it was brand new and it now has almost 150,000 miles. The only things I have had to replace besides the scheduled maintenance is the mass air flow and the catalytic converter. It still has the original brakes and battery! It is nice to have such a reliable car.




Great little car

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Celica GT 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I'm 65 and have owned this car for 3 years. I plan on keeping it for the rest of my life. It is really fun to drive, it has excellent brakes, handles great, gets good gas mileage,(32 mpg highway) and is super reliable, I've had zero problems with it. The only changes I've done on it are going to 16" performance tires and a low restriction air filter. It is plenty fast when you need to pass on 2 lane roads. High speed stability is outstanding. I'm 6'3" so it is a little tight when I slide under the steering wheel, but the headroom is fine. My only complaints are what everyone else seems to mention in their reviews, not enough low end torque, rear visibility, and rear seat room.



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What's New for 2002

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coolguyky7
coolguyky7
08-03-2001
     In 2003, if the new Accord comes out which I think it will...I'd say it will take some styling cues from the new Camry. Honda has this odd ability to predict styling of Toyotas and then rel...


peterpan99
peterpan99
08-26-2013
2002 Celica GTS has 200K miles on it. The engine had a small oil leak in the back of the oil pan, like less 1 quart every 15K mile. I use WALMART's synthetic 0-30 oil every 15K miles and the oil neve...


alina_scv
alina_scv
10-26-2002
I am getting ready to shop for a pre-owned Celica. But, before I spend a ton of my precious time going from dealer to dealer and test driving these cars, I hoped you experienced Celica buyers could gi...



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