An excellent pickup truck, Tundra is comfortable, quiet, handles relatively well and has a super smooth powertrain. It also performs towing and hauling tasks admirably. Good offset-crash-test results are a considerable plus. A crew cab with optional stability control was added to the lineup for the 2004 model year.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"acceleration much better than expected. Very dependable"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The 2002 tundra gets better gas mileage and is much better easier to get into and drive than the newer tundra models"

JOSEPH J., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Turning Radius is poor"

CONNIE C., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"acceleration is not AS GOOD AS our 2016 Camry, but in general, it is a reliable work truck."

Anonymous, RI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Quick comfy"

RICHARD L., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"It feels great, like a large, wide footprint, very stable and confident. The V-8 performs really well."

JASON K., MD (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The brake calipers are too small and cause burn spots on the rotors which leads to wobbling."

BRUCE G., LA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"best truck on the road"

LOUIS M., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Acceleration and handling are very good and the motor still runs like new after 230000 miles."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Transmission seems a little herky/jerky on accelerations.Sometimes does not shift gears smoothly."

CHARLES C., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Acceleration is good, it is a pickup truck so I don't race anyone. The handling is fair with too much body roll and vague steering. The truck is sprung too softly so it does feel soft and wobbly. Brakes are too touchy at slow speed with no feel."

PETER L., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Drove a Camry on a trip & the seats are the same in the Toyota. After 12 years the seats are just as comfortable. Ride is very comfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Both the heat and the air work very well and fast. The road noise inside is really loud."

JANET H., IL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Very comfortable seating. Nice ride. More comfortable than Camary.on long drives"

BERNARD L., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra)


DAVID F., NV (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"O2 sensors had to be replace 4 times. Front end issues, tires not lasting, alignments having to done more often. Pulling power and hauling capability, controls, strong engine"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Seats are about worn out and the lumbar control quit years ago."

FRANK S., KS (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"This truck has performed very well since I bought it in 2001. The ride has been very good for a truck. Seats are comfortable and heater and air cond. work well. The truck is quiet on the road. If this truck has a weakness it's in the factory equipped brakes. They are not large enough for this size vehicle."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The seats are cloth and after 14 years and a complete detail they still look great. No Navigation system so all the controls have buttons and knobs.Everything works just great."

FLOYD K., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I don't care for the cloth seats."

JOHN C., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)


Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Size I love and quick handles well comfy"

RICHARD L., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"We love the bench seat. We love that the air conditioner has been powerful for 14 years. This is our "luxury" vehicle."

MATTHEW J., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Logical climate controls (has knobs for temp and selection). Quietest vehicle I've ever owned - can have a normal conversation at 70 mph without competing with wind noise and road noise."

CLARK F., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"mainly a reliable truck. did have to replace catalytic converter and a fuel tank strap (rear). wish the frame had less rust."

Anonymous, RI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Except for replacing the oxygen sensor(s) this vehicle has not had ANY mechanical problems and has never been in a repair shop. The 02 sensor replacement was covered under warranty. I do my own routine maintenance such as oil changes and brake work."

LARRY T., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The tundra has been very reliable. It is however not fuel effecient"

BUDDY P., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"best $23,000 I ever spent on a vehacle"

HOWARD F., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)


DAVID F., NV (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Extremely reliable vehicle and easily repaired when needed."

BEVERLY G., NH (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Best truck I've ever owned."

STEPHEN F., ME (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Very disappointed with gas mileage, 16mpg. Also had trouble with oxygen sensors."

ROBERT J., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Very dependable, good excelleration"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"bad gas millage - interior functions are sloppy- high road noise. dealers unwilling to take fare of airbag replacement - back seat unworkable for other passengers over 13,"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Really low cost of ownership. Reliable, hard working with minimal repairs, The paint finish has not held up. After about 9 years of sitting daily in the hot Florida sun, the paint started to oxidize. The head light covers yellowed. It is a work truck and it works well - even after 14 years and 180,000 miles. It is still running and working well."

JULIA R., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"very reliable truck, very comfortabe on the road, long trips."

CURTIS R., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Like the style and size of truck."

R G., SC (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"We have had more incidental repairs issues with 2002 Tundra than we ever had with our 97 4Runner. (exhast systems/AC thermostat & condenser/ fabric seats worn out/)"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I paid 500.00 more than was paid to get it to lot. Best deal ever! paid cash at the time they were getting new vehicles and had appointment with sales manager? This truck has been bullet proof, just my maintenance. use mobile 1 and change every 3000 miles. you can pull the dip stick out when I change it and it look brand new. lot of miles!!"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Wish they made a new version of this size pickup. New Tundra's have poor gas mileage (13 mpg) and are physically too big. Tacomas are priced nearly as high as the Tundras and are underpowered."

R W., KS (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"327,000 miles without any major problems!"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I paid less that $14k for this vehicle in 2002. While I put only 7500 tough miles a year on it, it has been the most reliable of the ten new vehicles I have owned in my lifetime. My only squawk has been that the headlight covers crazed over in time and I had to spend three or four hours reconditioning them. I regret that Toyota no longer sells a stick shift Tundra."

JAMES H., NC (2002 Toyota Tundra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Having used the rear hinges on the small back door, for all these years, it is a real pain, when loading groceries in a parking lot. We would not purchase this style rear door again."

JESS D., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"no comments"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I initially liked the way the doors looked but the style of the back doors opening the opposite direction is a pain in the ass in supermarket parking lots."

BRUCE G., LA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Thisversion of the Tundra is much better than the larger version that replaced it. As a result, rather than buying a new Tundra I am determined to keep my 2002 alive. So far, at 137,000 miles it operates exceptionally well."

JOHN H., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Back seat door. Awkward"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I think the Tonka toy look of all the new trucks has lost it luster. We had our 2002 SR5, extra cab in the shop for regular maintenance and a complete detail. They gave us 2016 SR5, 4 door for a loner. Now I know why they have front, rear and side camera's. Every corner of the truck was in a different zip code."

FLOYD K., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The Tundra is the perfect body type especially because body type the new Tundra's is getting roomier yet more inconvenient if you have to park in a tiered lot. The bigger trucks can't fit while the 2002 is perfectly sized to fit parking spaces, covered garages with a height limit and extremely roomy and comfortable inside"

KIMBERLY C., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"No wasted areas in styling. Functional and clean. Toyota got this one right."

R W., KS (2002 Toyota Tundra)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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