2002 Toyota Celica consumer reviews

$17,085–$17,885 MSRP range
side view of 2002 Celica Toyota
81% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.4
Explore the 2002 Toyota Celica

Best car ever! Not perfect…

Bought my 2000 GT new with 6 miles on it and unfortunately someone hit and run me so insurance bought it from me in May 2021. Besides new batteries, oil changes, a few tune ups, tires etc the car was an excellent value for me especially when gas jumped to over $5 a gallon. All the co workers who laughed at me when I first got it had to sell their gas guzzling vehicles to buy smaller better on gas vehicles. I could put a ten foot long board inside over the positioned “down” passenger seat, always left the back seats down and yes the car is well known to have a ton of cargo space. I was getting ready to paint it (yes paint did peel over time) and overhaul the engine (high mileage is another known factor of engine problems) so I could drive it ANOTHER 237,000 miles but it was not meant to be!! I could go on and on but one last thing….I HAD THE OG BRAKES ON IT…..I down shifted a lot!! Truly fun car! Loved getting into it, driving it & I loved the look of my Celica nicknamed BULLET The Celica has been given the moniker SEX ON WHEELS…..Amen !!!


Great car

It's still sporty 20 years later. Really ahead of it's time in terms of body style. Interior wise it's more of a 2 seater. Very comfortably I might add. The back seat really for kids I'd say. But don't let it fool you. When you drop the rear seats there is quite a bit of room. I can't tell you how many times I've heard. "All of that was in there?!" It also does well on gas. Street or highway. It's decent in terms of speed. But where it excels is in its handling. All of that out together, makes it an exceptional value and a fun drive.


Most reliable car I have owned!

I have owned for over 8 year and I love it. It’s Fun to drive reliable and great on gas! Too bad they discontinued them. Toyota should bring back more cars like that


Fantastic car ant it my favorite

I love it, excellent high speed comfortable sexy car nice and sporty, it’s drive me crazy, it was and still my dream car. I which if I can get one now.


good car

love the car, the problem I am having the paint is peeling and my fuel gage stopped working that is the only complain I have. My car is a 2002 Celica GT 115000 miles. I am 73 years young


Great Cheap Sports Car

Its a great first sports car. It has enough power to make it fun to drive but not too dangerous. It is a good car for backroading or for any other sports car activities. Its also an extremely reliable car, the engine is the same one in the corolla. Can transport 4 people but if they are not short (under 5'5'') it wont be very comfortable for long distances.


Great car for fuel saving.

This car it's small but with lot of room for large size packages. Especially with big back trunk 3rd door. Folding back sits give u lot of room even for almost 6ft Christmas tree I had transported in it. Or sport bag for gym. Because it is quick and small you can park any where in crowned town parkings.


fun car

fun to drive great on gas easy to mod and plenty of customize-able parts all around a nice car and a great first car definitely a 10/10.


Very reliable car

its a good car to have some fun with low cost of ownership. gives good mileage about 32 mpg. hardly had any major power train issues.


243,000 miles and still getting 27mpg.

If you like to street race from stop light to stop light then you should consider buying a competing brand; Honda Civic Si, Mitsubishi Eclipse, and Acura Integra are going to pull it from a start every time. It will out perform all of these cars at getting the most out of a passing lane though because the car becomes a whole different animal at 5000 rpm. If you drop two gears and flog on the accelerator it can keep building power all the way to its 6800rpm redline. Unfortunately it is sluggish off the line because it has Fwd and a motor that produces max power and torque at high rpm. I do think the drivetrain is robust enough to survive engaging the clutch at 4600 rpm, but if the clutch doesn't melt the tires surely will. It's handling is superb, no feeling of over steer or under steer, very little body roll, and it can still soak up the bumps. Reliability and econony are at the top of the market segment. Styling is far superior to its market competitors. Visibility is great looking forward through the wind shield but horrible looking in any other direction. In fact you'd probably need periscopes to properly check the blind spot before changing lanes.