Used 2002 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab

2002 Toyota Tacoma
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2002 Toyota Tacoma


  • Flexible and refined drivetrains, competent off-road capabilities, multiple body configurations.


  • High price, most convenience features are optional, no third or fourth door on Xtracabs.

Used 2002 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab for Sale

Toyota Tacoma 2002 2dr Regular Cab 2WD SB (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
157,873 miles
Used 2002
Toyota Tacoma
DARCARS Volkswagen
28.2 mi away
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Toyota Tacoma 2002 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)
160,560 miles
Used 2002
Toyota Tacoma
Brown's Toyota of Glen Burnie
47.7 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2002 Toyota Tacoma is a capable compact pickup with a variety of body styles to suit most buyers. Has a reputation for reliability, but value in question due to high asking prices.

vehicle overview

Tacoma. Toyota says it's supposed to suggest the rugged outdoors, as well as strength and adventure, but a friend of ours once quipped, "Obviously, nobody from Toyota has actually been to Tacoma."

There are three body styles from which to choose: Regular Cab, Xtracab and Double Cab. Each is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Toyota also offers Tacomas with a "PreRunner" designation. PreRunners are 2WD trucks that have the looks and heavy-duty suspension of 4WD models.

Toyota expanded the Tacoma lineup last year with the Double Cab. This compact crew cab offers four full-size doors and a longer passenger compartment in the hopes of appealing to people who want a pickup and an SUV but can't afford both. In order to keep overall length reasonable for on- and off-road maneuverability, the Double Cab's bed length is shortened to 61.5 inches.

For all Tacomas, any of three engines go under the hood. Two-wheel-drive Tacomas get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine, rated at 142 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. Tacoma 4WDs and 2WD PreRunners earn a 2.7-liter four with 150 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Standard on Double Cab and optional on Xtracab models is a 3.4-liter V6 that whips out 190 horses and 220 lb-ft of torque. Toyota also offers a special 2WD S-Runner Xtracab sport truck equipped with the V6, a five-speed manual transmission and a sport-tuned suspension. A supercharger is also available from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for the V6, boosting output to 260 horsepower. Ask your dealer for details.

Interiors are industrial in design, failing to appear modern, but are constructed of high-quality materials. Switchgear is logically placed and easy to use. Larger drivers might find the front seats to be uncomfortable, but the cabin in general is pretty roomy, especially in the Double Cab. Standard features are few and far between, however. Items like air conditioning, cruise control, bucket seats and power windows and locks are all optional. Toyota does offer two optional packages -- SR5 and Limited -- that bundle the most desired features. A TRD off-road package is also available that includes an upgraded suspension, 16-inch tires and a locking rear differential.

In terms of safety equipment, all pickups contain dual front airbags with a shut-off switch for the passenger side. Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional. In government crash tests, the Tacoma has not faired as well as other compact pickups.

Driving a Tacoma is easy enough thanks to its compact dimensions. Both four-cylinder engines offer adequate acceleration, though you'll want the V6 if you plan on towing. Ride quality can suffer if the TRD off-road package is ordered, but the payoff in terms of enhanced off-road ability is well worth it.

Toyota hopes to attract buyers with the handsome styling and rugged image of its Tacoma as well as its reputation for quality and reliability. Generally, we like the Tacoma, but question the value it represents. Most of these Toyota trucks don't come cheap. Guess that's the price you pay for the peace of mind a Toyota provides.

2002 Highlights

A moonroof is available now on PreRunners and S-Runners have color-keyed side badging.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2002 Tacoma
Ron Huffman,07/31/2007
My Tacoma is a regular cab short wheelbase 2WD with 2.4 L and automatic. It is fun to drive and very manuverable. It can haul the load when asked and gets fairly respectable gas mileage (20-24 mpg). I made several cross country trips with a loaded bed and it has performed just great.
Still Going Strong
Bought new, 91,000 miles now, just put new front drakes pads, that's it for repairs. The tires lasted 60,000 miles. About 20 MPG highway or city. Not great but OK. Runs and drives very good.
I have a lot of fun going off road. It performs really good. On the road the ride is good but not the best it bounce a little too much. You can't fit an adult in the back (I have an extended cab). The passenger air bag is rattling like a snake and the clock is in the worst position that they could placed it, you can't see it because the steering wheel cover it. I think that the gas pedal and the brake pedal are too close, I sometimes when breaking accelerate at the same time when I am wearing my work boots. The power is there I have no complaints when I haul the trailer or when I have the bed full of stuff.
Still Going Strong!
I bought this used to see if I could live with a compact truck. Mine has 2.7 4 cyl with 5 speed. The catch is it has 220k miles on it!! I have to say it runs like new I swear!! I talked to the guy that owned it from new and he had no problems ever. Leaks nothing and burns no oil. Shifts great. I have oversize rims and tires and still has decent pickup. When this wears out I'll buy another with less miles for sure. Oh no rust on the body or frame either, I'm in the rust belt in the Northeast. Goes great in snow.
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Features & Specs

19 city / 23 hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
142 hp @ 5000 rpm
16 city / 19 hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
150 hp @ 4800 rpm
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 3
5-speed manual
142 hp @ 5000 rpm
17 city / 20 hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
150 hp @ 4800 rpm
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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2002 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab Overview

The Used 2002 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab is offered in the following styles: 2dr Regular Cab 2WD SB (2.4L 4cyl 4A), 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 4A), 2dr Regular Cab 2WD SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab PreRunner 2WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 4A), and 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M).

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