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2002 4Runner History:



Toyota 4Runner
Sport Edition
The following changes are made for the 2002 model year.
1. Model Line-Up
No change in MSRP from 2001. All 4Runner SR5 models now have standard 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P225/70R15 tires. A new Chrome Package is available on the SR5 grade to provide a more upscale appearance. This package includes chrome front grille, side mirrors, door handles, wheel arch moldings, taillamp garnish, rear license plate garnish, exhaust tip, and available 16-inch high-gloss alloy wheels. Tube steps are available as an accessory. 4Runner's MSRP ranges from $26,335 for the SR5 2WD model to $36,105 for the Limited 4WD model.
2. Engine
The DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) P1782 and P1783 for detecting 4WD transfer position have been added.
3. Outside Rear View Mirror
On the Canada model, the specification of the electrical remote control type mirrors has been changed from previous optional equipment to standard.
What was called the "4Runner Highlander" in 1999 & 2000 and the "Sport package" in 2001 is now called the "Sport Edition 4Runner". The package is enhanced with perforated aluminum front skidplate, new interior sport fabric, Sport Edition badges, and embroidered floor mats. This Sport Edition is now available only in Thunder Cloud, Black, Sunfire Red and Stellar Blue Pearl color schemes.
With its unique combination of off-road ruggedness, around town maneuverability and legendary Toyota quality, the popular 4Runner remains a true go anywhere, do anything vehicle for today's active lifestyle.
Last year, the 4Runner received numerous upgrades, including the addition of Vehicle Skid Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), and an Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, all as standard equipment. For 2002, Toyota has improved the 4Runner's style with additional exterior chrome, new colors and new standard 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Offered in two trim levels--SR5 and Limited and with two or four- wheel drive--the 2002 4Runner is powered by a mighty dual-overhead cam 3.4-liter V6 engine paired with an automatic transmission. The engine produces 183 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 217 foot pounds of torque at 3,600 rpm. Two-wheel drive models deliver city/highway EPA fuel economy of 17/20 mpg, while four-wheel drive models provide 16/19 mpg.
An Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ECTS-i), realizes excellent throttle control in all operating ranges. The 4Runner's automatic transmission is electronically linked to the engine control computer to help ensure smooth shifting. This efficient and responsive powertrain provides versatile performance for coasting through town or combating off-road terrain.
Toyota's 4WDemand shift-on-the-fly engagement system comes standard on all four-wheel drive 4Runner models, enabling the four-wheel drive system to be engaged at speeds up to 62 mph. The One-Touch Hi-4 switch makes shifting into high-4WD as easy as the touch of a button. All four-wheel drive 4Runners are equipped with a two-speed transfer case.
Toyota's Multi-Mode 4WD system is standard on all four-wheel drive models. The Multi-Mode 4WD feature is actually an open center differential with locking capability that provides a full-time 4WD system with the ability to select 2WD mode. The all-wheel multi-mode 4WD system may be used in normal driving conditions on all types of roads from dry, hard surface roads, such as pavement, to wet or snow-covered roads. Driving with the Multi-Mode's 4WDl drive system engaged provides the driver with a more sure-footed feel because power is applied evenly to all four wheels which improves traction.
To switch from 2WD to the 4WD mode, simply reduce the vehicle's speed to less than 62 mph and push in the One-Touch "4WD" button located on the front drive control lever knob (on the transfer case the 4WD mode is indicated as "H4"). Returning to the 2WD mode is just as easy, depress the "4WD" button once more and the vehicle is again operating in 2WD.
Off-road enthusiasts will find enhanced low-traction performance available through a locking center differential and a two-speed transfer case. With the center differential lock switch engaged, the front and rear axles are locked together for better grip in low-traction situations. Shifting the transfer case to 4WD-Low provides an extra measure of control. A center differential lock switch is provided on the instrument panel so the locking and unlocking of the center differential can be controlled by the push of a button.
Both the suspension and frame were designed to balance on-road comfort and off-road performance. A coil-spring, double-wishbone front suspension features a closed structure for the lower arm. This design adds strength while minimizing weight. Low-pressure gas-filled shock absorbers further cushion 4Runner's passenger cabin from the occasional bumps in the road. The four-link coil spring rear suspension also utilizes low-pressure, gas-filled shock absorbers for optimum ride comfort. Front and rear stabilizer bars are incorporated into all models. The compliant suspension works well with 4Runner's rigid frame for optimum performance. The frame is reinforced throughout, while dual front suspension cross members enhance 4Runner's ride and braking performance. The chassis is controlled by engine rpm-sensitive power-assisted rack and pinion steering.
The 4Runner's VSC system orchestrates the ABS and Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) sensors, actuators and computer electronics to help the driver maintain vehicle traction in skids caused by adverse driving conditions. The A-TRAC function helps to minimize wheel slippage by controlling engine output and brake fluid pressure that is applied to the slipping wheel and distributing the drive force to the remaining wheels in order to achieve better traction.
Braking is responsive, thanks to power-assisted, 11.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes with 11.6-inch rear drums. Models equipped with the P265 tire package feature 12.5-inch front ventilated discs and 11.6-inch rear drums. A Brake Assist feature detects emergency braking and applies supplemental braking pressure to enhance the effectiveness of the ABS system. The ABS system is operational even in low-range four-wheel drive while the center differential is locked.
In addition to ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, 4Runner comes with an extensive list of safety features including three-point ALR/ELR seat belts in all outboard positions (except for the driver's ELR-only seat belt), front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters and dual front supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags. Other safety features include front and rear side-door impact beams, center high mount stop lamp, child protector rear door locks, CRS tether anchor brackets located on the back surface of the rear seats and a front passenger seatbelt warning light feature. A warning light located in the upper console cluster will flash until the front passenger's seatbelt has been fastened.
A rugged exterior houses a spacious interior with plenty of creature comforts. Full cut-pile carpeting, front four-way adjustable fabric bucket seats and rear 50/50 split folding fabric bench seat successfully blend comfort and utility. An overhead console with a garage door opener/sunglass holder, a center console storage box with dual cupholders and two power outlets in the front and an additional power outlet in the rear cargo area make 4Runner convenient to use as well.

2002 Color Chart
The SR5 grade comes standard with a lighting package featuring an illuminated ignition key ring, ash tray and glove box light is included as standard equipment. Also standard are built-in map lights in the overhead console, color-keyed power heated outside mirrors, power door locks, a digital clock, tilt steering wheel, variable intermittent front and rear intermittent windshield wipers, cruise control, power windows, and a Deluxe 3-in-1 ETR/Cassette/CD player with six speakers rounds.
Additional amenities include full door trim with armrests, color-keyed instrument panel with a digital LCD odometer and dual trip meter, power rear window, tinted and UV protection-treated glass on the windshield and front and rear door windows, headlight-on warning chime, spring-back antenna, day/night rearview mirror, dual-fabric sunvisors with passenger vanity mirror, remote fuel door and hood releases, cigarette lighter, five entry/exit assist grips, and rain repellant glass on the front door windows.
The SR5 is available with a new Chrome Package which adds some flash to 4Runner's exterior, or the popular Sport Edition, which accentuates 4Runner's ruggedness. The Sport Edition includes a front bumper skid plate, Sport Edition badging, 16-inch 5-split spoke alloy wheels with P265/70R16 tires, sport seats with unique gray fabric, 4-way adjustable headrests, cloth door trim, hood scoop, painted overfenders, leather-wrapped steering wheel cover, metallic-trimmed instrument panel, integrated fog lamps and color-keyed bumpers, rear license plate garnish and front grille. For added aggressiveness, tube steps are now available as a port-installed option on all 4Runners.
The 4Runner is also equipped with a standard pre-wired trailer hitch harness ready to accommodate the up to 5,000 pound towing capacity.
Limited models now feature visor extensions with a visor mounted HomeLink* garage door opener, illuminated vanity mirror, new rich wood trim color, driver and passenger seat heaters and new 16-inch 5-split spoke alloy wheels as standard equipment.
The Limited also has leather-trimmed seating surfaces with driver and passenger seat heaters, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver's and passenger bucket seats, built-in projector fog lamps, a fully automatic air conditioner with a digital heater and control panel and floor mats are included as standard equipment. In addition, the Limited grade offers an anti-theft system with an engine immobilizer.
Color and Trim
4Runner SR5 and Limited models are available in many exterior colors: Thunder Cloud, Dorado Gold, Millennium Silver Metallic, Imperial Jade Mica, Natural White (SR5 only), Black, Sunfire Red Pearl and Stellar Blue Pearl. Sport Edition and Chrome Package-equipped 4Runners are available only in Thunder Cloud, Black, Sunfire Red, and Stellar Blue. The 4Runner Limited gets one additional color; Golden Pearl. 4Runner exteriors are complemented with Gray or Oak cloth, Oak leather trim, or unique Sport Gray cloth interiors.
Limited Warranty
Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new vehicle limited warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month limited warranties are available and cover powertrain components for 60,000 miles and corrosion perforation with no mileage limitation.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., reported 4Runner total calendar year-end sales of 77,026 units, down 14.7% from prior year.
2002 Standard Equipment, Optional Equipment and Specifications brochure (PDF)
2002 Full Specifications (PDF)
2002 4Runner Canadian Brochure (PDF) provided by nighthawk

2002 Color Chart
Exterior Interior Comments
Millennium Silver Metallic Gray or Oak SR5 requires Leather Package when in Combo w/Oak Interior Color
Thunder Cloud Metallic Gray or Oak SR5 requires Leather Package when in Combo w/Oak Interior Color
Natural White Gray or Oak Available on SR5 models only.
SR5 requires Leather Package when in Combo w/Oak Interior Color
Golden Pearl Oak Available on Limited models only.
Dorado Gold Pearl Oak SR5 requires Leather Package-LA
Sunfire Red Pearl Gray or Oak SR5 requires Leather Package when in Combo w/Oak Interior Color
Imperial Jade Mica Gray or Oak SR5 requires Leather Package when in Combo w/Oak Interior Color
Stellar Blue Pearl Gray or Oak Gray interior offered on SR5 versions only,
Oak interior offered on 4Runner Limited only
Black Gray or Oak SR5 requires Leather Package when in Combo w/Oak Interior Color
Oak Leather Trim standard on 4Runner Limited, Gray interior not available with Leather Trim Package

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