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.
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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

"This truck drive and handles well, the brakes work too good in that it stops well but does not release after a hard stop. is the only negative point I have in its handling performance."

Richard D., AL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Acceleration and handling is very good."

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Drives and rides like a car, but it also has performed well as a truck. 4 wheel drive is easy to engage."

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Holding together well for a truck that has driven in harsh conditions & 200k miles on it."

Don M., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Wish it was a four wheel drive instead of rear wheel."

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Awesome acceleration. Great response"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"It handles well and the acceleration (power) is very adequate, certainly mush better that the new RAV4."

C D., DE (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"it is reliable pulling its weight & handles very well, can get outa its own way !"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The truck handled very well locally and on the highway even with a full load."

Mike Z., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Good visibility and power"

Susan G., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Best handling, pulling, hauling driving truck I've ever had and why, after 13 years of ownership, I keep it."

Anonymous, ME (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Very good acceleration and handling. Very comfortable and quiet and smooth."

Denise J., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"It's a nice older truck for hauling stuff and beating around."

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The Tundra is nice, a good balance between capability and maneuverability. Drives well and is easy to handle."

Jarett T., UT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The truck has held up great and does whatever is asked of it."

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I drove a 1990 Mustang convertible before this truck and the truck was felt so smooth and sophisticated in drive ability, quiet and ride that it was a welcome change."

James M., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Love the handling, power, and safety one feels while driving."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Very responsive acceleration and breaking."

Volney J., CO (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"With the V8 engine, accelleration is smooth and powerful."

Albert N., MT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Fairly quick and handles well plus it's very quiet on the road for a truck. Great transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Everything works. Doesn’t feel like an old truck. Paint is still in very good shapee."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Good acceleration, and handling. Good braking."

Clementine B., UT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"4 wheel drive for excellent traction. Plenty of power to pull my boats, one was a 21 foot jet boat, the other is a 17 foot outboard."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"both are very good for a vehicle of it's vintage."

Dennis J., WI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"still run great"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Handling and ride comfort is not as good as used to be, but it still has original struts. Boots torn on CV joints, expensive to repair"

Bernard L., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Smooth, quick acceleration. Great to drive. The steering wheel has a little free play, not bad. Also a little annoying is that the steering wheel is not centered exactly when driving straight forward. This doesn't affect steering, just annoying."

Robert R., OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Still handles like the first day I bought it"

Stephen S., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"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)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The very first time I had my friends ride in it after I purchased it, they all remarked how quiet it was inside the cab... even when comparing it to their own (high end) sedans! Today, that quietness is still part of my everyday driving experience...15 years later!!"

Robert F., MN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"This has just been a good all around pickup."

Lynne S., ID (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Seats are too close to steering wheel."

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"It's long in tooth now, but the best truck I have owned (some four trucks over the years). It is very comfortable on long drives, smooth for a 3/4 ton truck, handles well, too."

Curtis R., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Ride and seats are very comfortable"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The legroom and seats in this vehicle are second to none. Even when compared to much more expensive luxury cars. I love the fact the center console does not go all the way to the dash and provides some carpet area in front of it. It makes the whole area seem larger."

Busch D., AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Best riding truck I have ever owned. !6 years old and no rattles."

Bernard L., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Seat could be more comfortable"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The most comfortable truck I've ever owned and one of the reasons I keep it."

Anonymous, ME (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Seats are comfortable, Very little outside noise. Ride is very good for a pick-up"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"very good ride for a 4wd truck"

Dennis J., WI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"For a 15 year old vehicle, it still rides comfortably and quietly. No warranty issues and no minor or major repair issues. Oil changed every 3,500 miles. Only changes ever had were tires, normal wear; battery, once; front brakes, once. It should be noted that I also pull a motorcycle trailer"

D P., NC (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The ride and noise level of this truck are awesome for a truck. Very quite and smooth in the cab compared to all sorts of company trucks I have driven for work. The front seat while comfortable for short trips leave me stiff on extended rides."

Stephen P., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"With the right tires, in my case Michilin Defenders, the ride is smooth and quiet."

Albert N., MT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Enough room without being two big like the huge trucks of today."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"I PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE NEW, AS OLD AS IT IS, IT IS STILL VERY QUIET IN CABIN, DRIVERS SEAT IS STILL VERY COMFORTABLE"

Anonymous, SC (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The seats are just as comfortable as when it was new"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Fifteen years old and still rides comfortably"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Could (have)drive it all day."

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The seats are comfortable in the sitting up position, but you need a pillow or something to support your head in the reclined position. The cab is fairly quiet, quieter than my camry by far."

Clementine B., UT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The seats are comfortable, but the wind noise can be very loud at speeds of 60 mph and higher."

Albert B., IL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Seats noise and ride are exceptional for a truck"

Marv B., OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The cabin noise level is high. Newer trucks are much more quiet. Ride is pretty good for a truck."

Anonymous, NM (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Good old truck"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"It's all gois."

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The seats are wide ans substantial, and the truck has a bench seat. This vehicle is only used for short rides; on a longer ride, I would a pillow for lumbar support. My main complaint is that the seat belt goes across my neck rather than my chest."

Susan G., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Every is excellent with this truck."

Norman T., MN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"The ride is smooth, noise is low. Great for long highway trips. The driver's seat sags some (it is 16 yrs old) so I've added a seat cushion."

Robert R., OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Feels like a luxury car!"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"seating too low and uncomfortable. windshielt and sun visors also too low causing one to hunch over and bend ones neck to view traffic lights."

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"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)

"I`M 6 FOOT 11 AND I CAN SIT COMFORTABLY IN BOTH VEHICLES"

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)

"Good"

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)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"The truck has been lightly driven over the years but it has performed nearly flawlessly."

James M., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Very few problems with this 15 year old truck, just keeps going and going."

Curtis R., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"This is my first non US manufacturer vehicle. It has proven to be the best vehicle I have ever owned. At over 240,000 miles, it has had less non scheduled maintenance than any of the Buick's, Ford's, Cadillac's or Chevrolet' s owned in the past - and all of them were gone before 100,000 miles."

Busch D., AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"One of the longest lasting trucks I've known. Been very well used."

Jarett T., UT (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"With regular maintenance this vehicle has really held up. It runs well, and is still very comfortable."

Anonymous, SC (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"You get a reliable truck that will last for a long time. I would probably hang on to my truck longer but my family has out grown it and we need someone with a little more space. 2 child car seats will not fit very well in this truck. I can say I will be purchasing a Toyota Tundra with a crew cab for my next vehicle."

Anonymous, LA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"This truck has been bullet proof. Dependable, tough, all terrain vehicle. Unfortunately, Toyota stopped making the mid-sized version of the Tundra and replaced it with a bloated version to compte with the Dodge Ram. Will not buy another Tundra as a result. Toyota had the best truck on the highway sewed up and walked away from it. Poor strategic move."

John H., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Most reliable vehicle!"

David F., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"See prior comment as good trustworthy vehicle."

Lynne S., ID (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Truck is been a great buy, 15 years old and the only issue has been some of the paint, but still runs great"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"purchased new in St. Paul, MN 01/03/2003 Got a great deal on this 2WD in winter, I perform routine maintenance & then some; after 14 years still worth high retail + (has no rust - almost perfect body)"

Reuben T., PA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Overall one of the best vehicles I have purchased"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"one of the best vehicle purchases I've ever made"

Dennis J., WI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"This is an amazing truck - have had no problems with and expect to last another 150,000 miles!"

C D., DE (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"truck is agile ( for a truck). it has power to pull its weight. when newer, i pulled a fully loaded trailer (3000 lbs +/-) up over one of our local passes at 65-70 mph & it muscled along with vigor ! it works well, if i drive at posted speeds it gets 25 mpg. i now haul kayaks on the top. it has been a great truck."

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Great truck. Paid cash and saved $5000 off sticker."

C W., GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Have had no major issues in fifteen years"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Good looks. Few repairs. Handles great"

Stephen S., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Not every vehicle can go over 183,000 miles and fail to start and drive only twice. Both times I had not closed the doors fully and the battery was dead."

Albert B., IL (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"This vehicle has lasted for seventeen years with very few problems. The air conditioner was replaced once, about eight years ago, and the tailgate doesn't open. Other than those problems, the maintenance seems to consist of replacing the tires and oil regularly."

Susan G., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Truck is wonderful, right size etc.. Don't need a bigger truck."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Truck has 151000 miles and it still performs on all levels. Extremely reliable. Well made. Comfortable. Expect to continue driving it for another 100000 miles."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"VEHICLE IS STILL IN DECENT SHAPE, TINY AMOUNT OF RUST, IT ALWAYS STARTS, ORIGINAL EXHAUST SYSTEM STILL IN PLACE."

Anonymous, SC (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"Still driving it Second best car I have owned"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"performs like it did the day i bought it (new in 2002)."

Dennis J., WI (2002 Toyota Tundra)

"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)

"SAME"

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)

Styling

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)

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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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