Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm

Pros & Cons

  • Reliability, zippy powertrain when equipped with a manual transmission, optional side airbags.
  • Ho-hum personality, ABS not standard, cramped rear seat, options force prices too high to remain a bargain.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

It's got Japanese technology and build quality because, well ... it's a Japanese car with an American nameplate. Certainly a creative way to get patriotic types behind the wheel of a Toyota.

Vehicle overview

In short, the Prizm is one solid economy sedan. It's a capable performer and it doesn't waste time with trying to look like something it's not. Better yet, it is essentially a reskinned Toyota Corolla, which bodes well for reliability, but not necessarily resale value. To top things off, the Prizm has earned very high marks in past initial-quality studies, scoring better than the Infiniti G20 and Honda Accord.

An excellent reliability record coupled with outstanding assembly quality goes a long way toward selling consumers on the Prizm. The car feels substantial, conveying the impression that it will last quite a long time. In contrast, the Cavalier feels somewhat cheap, flimsy and unrefined, while the solid Malibu doesn't appeal to buyers looking for a smaller package.

Base-model Prizms get air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo, floor mats and wheel covers, while upgraded LSi models get standard power windows, a rear defogger, tachometer, outside temperature gauge, tilt steering column and larger tires.

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on all Prizms, which benefits from variable valve timing technology (VVTi) developed by Toyota. The VVTi system helps boost engine output to 125 horsepower and improves overall drivability. The low-effort clutch is a bonus in traffic, and the five-speed manual snicks fluidly from gear to gear. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard to improve handling response from the four-wheel independent suspension. Antilock brakes and side airbags are optional on this economy sedan.

Interior accommodations are rather sparse in base Prizms, but LSi models come with upgraded fittings and trim. Either model offers decent ergonomics; all the switches and controls fall readily to hand, and the gauges are clear and legible. The seats are rock-hard and lack lumbar and lateral support, but they do feature Scotchguard stain protection to keep them clean.

The Prizm is strictly econo-issue in base trim, but add aluminum wheels and a premium equipment package to an LSi, and the Prizm transforms itself into a mini-Camry. Also available are a CD player and extended-range speakers that sound great, making a fully loaded Prizm a fine package. However, a Prizm LSi with every available option closes quickly on $20,000. For that kind of cash, you can buy any number of larger and more substantial sedans. Keep a lid on the options, though, and the Prizm is an economy sedan anybody could live with.

2002 Highlights

The Prizm remains unchanged for 2002.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
52 total reviews
5 star reviews: 52%
4 star reviews: 34%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 8%
1 star reviews: 2%

Trending topics in reviews

  • fuel efficiency
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • value
  • handling & steering
  • driving experience
  • dashboard
  • emission system
  • safety
  • maintenance & parts
  • oil
  • interior
  • electrical system
  • transmission
  • comfort
  • spaciousness
  • doors
  • road noise
  • warranty
  • seats
  • climate control
  • acceleration
  • wheels & tires
  • visibility
  • steering wheel
  • appearance
  • sound system
  • lights
  • brakes
  • engine

Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Prismazing!
Charles Miska,
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
We bought our Prism as a first car for our 16 year old son. He wanted a manual transmission and learned to drive a stick after we bought the Prism. Our car had 70,000 miles on it when we bought it and I got a terrific price for it. This little car has been sensational! Shifts crisply through all the gears, has exceptional zip for the little engine, brakes well and while it's a base model, all the controls and amenities work perfectly. We have not experienced the oil usage issue many other reviewers have, which is interesting, given that we live on a steep mountainside and the car is a manual transmission driven by a teenager. You'd think our unit would be susceptible to the oil problem, but no, it runs better than either of the cars we bought for our other kids.
3.625/5 stars, Good Car Until it Burns Oil Like Crazy
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Let me start by saying this car has been reliable for most of its life. I bought it at 77,000 miles, and its still running at 191,000+. It is by no means a flashy vehicle, but when the engine ran at peak efficiency, it got close to 40 MPG and ran smoothly. But, at about the 130,000 mark, it started burning oil (1 quart every 1,000 miles or so). 60,000 miles later, it burns through about 1 quart every 50 miles. Further research via Google has shown that this is a common problem for the 2002 Prizms, and is related to narrow cylinders and bad seals. Keep this in mind if buying a Prizm from this final year of production. You'll be investing in lots of oil when it reaches a high mileage point.
2.25/5 stars, '02 Prizm
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have not had a very good experience with this car. I bought it as a certified used vehicle with a little over 36,000 miles. The transmission went out a couple months after I bought it. Several minor interior things have come apart. The filler pipe on the gas tank came unwelded and fell partially into the tube, so I was not able to fuel the car until that was removed. This week the running lights and auto- on headlights quit working, but could still be turned on manually,a few days later, they stayed on, requiring disconnecting the battery to turn off. The switch failed and it's located under the pas. air bag requiring the entire dash to be removed. I would not buy another or reccomend!
3/5 stars, The fixes
Dr. Futility,
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
The car is best suited for a couple or parents with small kids. The front seats must be at their back position which leaves no leg room behind.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
27 City / 37 Hwy / 31 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 125 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 125 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 174.2 in. / Height: 53.7 in. / Width: 66.7 in.
Curb Weight: 2403 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 12.1 cu.ft.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Chevrolet Prizm a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2002 Prizm both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Prizm fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Prizm gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Prizm has 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Prizm. Learn more

Is the Chevrolet Prizm reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Prizm is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Prizm. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Prizm's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2002 Prizm is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2002 Chevrolet Prizm?

The least-expensive 2002 Chevrolet Prizm is the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $14,330.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $14,330
  • LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $16,395
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Prizm?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Prizm, the next question is, which Prizm model is right for you? Prizm variants include 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Prizm models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm

Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm Overview

The Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm is offered in the following submodels: Prizm Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). The Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual. The Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2002 Prizm 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2002 Prizm.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2002 Chevrolet Prizm and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2002 Prizm featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm?

Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

The Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,905. The average price paid for a new Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) is trending $15,345 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $15,345 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,560.

The average savings for the Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) is 90.8% below the MSRP.

Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

The Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $14,840. The average price paid for a new Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) is trending $13,147 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $13,147 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,693.

The average savings for the Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) is 88.6% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2002 Chevrolet Prizm?

2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/37 highway MPG

2002 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/37 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG31
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.8 L
Passenger Volume100.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase97 in.
Length174.2 in.
Width66.7 in.
Height53.7 in.
Curb Weight2403 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2002 Chevrolet Prizm?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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