Behind the Scenes: 2002 Sport/Utility of the Year

Following annual tradition, the Motor Trend staff rounded up every all-new or significantly updated vehicle for the 2002 Sport/Utility of the Year competition.

Jeff Bartlett
Oct 21, 2002
Following annual tradition, the Motor Trend staff rounded up every all-new or significantly updated vehicle for the 2002 Sport/Utility of the Year competition. The eclectic group this year ranged from a car-based sport/cute to a military-derived uber-machine. All were put through the paces on Los Angeles-area roads and at the track before the all-important group drive that had the staff caravanning to Death Valley for days of highway running and good-ol' off-roading.
Between the magazine, radio, and television show, you've seen the beauty shots, heard the expert sound bites, and seen the rehearsed action. Online, we invite you to ride along with the team through this piece, in an exclusive Web-only video (coming soon), and take in the scenery and adventure behind the scenes of the SUV of the Year drive. Buckle up, it's time to get dirty...
112 0110 Bts G 2002 Suv Munchies
  |   112 0110 Bts G 2002 Suv Munchies
112 0110 Bts G 2002 Suv Lineup Staff
  |   112 0110 Bts G 2002 Suv Lineup Staff

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Suv front Right Open
  |   2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Suv front Right Open
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Suv front Open
  |   2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Suv front Open

2002 Toyota Highlander Suv interior Staff
  |   2002 Toyota Highlander Suv interior Staff
2002 Toyota Highlander Suv rear Left
  |   2002 Toyota Highlander Suv rear Left

112 0110 Bts G Leadfield
  |   112 0110 Bts G Leadfield
112 0110 Bts G Staff
  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff

112 0110 Bts G Staff2
  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff2
2002 Suv lineup
  |   2002 Suv lineup
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  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff3
2002 Suv parked
  |   2002 Suv parked


2002 Jeep Liberty Suv right
  |   2002 Jeep Liberty Suv right
2002 Suv lineup Field
  |   2002 Suv lineup Field

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  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building
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  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building2

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  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building3
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  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building Interior

112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building Church
  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building Church
112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building Museum
  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Building Museum
112 0110 Bts G Bodie Truck
  |   112 0110 Bts G Bodie Truck
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  |   112 0110 Bts G Unknown Suv


112 0110 Bts G 2002 Mercedes Benz G Class Suv Badge
  |   112 0110 Bts G 2002 Mercedes Benz G Class Suv Badge
mecedes Benz M Class Suv badgeless Right
  |   mecedes Benz M Class Suv badgeless Right

2002 Cadillac Escalade Suv front Right
  |   2002 Cadillac Escalade Suv front Right
112 0110 Bts G Staff Ruins
  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff Ruins

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  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff Ruins2
112 0110 Bts G Desert
  |   112 0110 Bts G Desert

112 0110 Bts G Staff Desert
  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff Desert
112 0110 Bts G Staff Mine
  |   112 0110 Bts G Staff Mine

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