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2002 Subaru Forester - Consumer Reviews

2002 Subaru Forester

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Exceptional All-Around Vehicle!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Ken Tong
on

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My Forester S+ has been a total joy to
own the past year and a half. It excels
in performance, utility, reliability,
and recreation. I found it to be the
best deal overall, confirming Consumer
Reports yearly top ratings. I've taken
it thru heavy rain, 100+ deg. desert
heat to Vegas, and snowy mtn. climbs,
and it blows past other over-sized SUVs
(several ran off embankments and got
stuck or flipped over) and under-
powered mini-SUVs. It has performed
magnificently and instills confidence
& security with its full-time all-
wheel-drive. Reliability has been
perfect with zero problems after 25,000
miles. Great for transporting family
and friends and all your gear.


Best Features

The magnificently humongous moonroof (luxury class), all-wheel-drive performance (test drive it to see for yourself), best in class fuel economy (~26 mpg) and power for 4 cylinder, premium pkg. is worth it with the added safety features, foglamps and design look great.


Worst Features

Cup-holder in dash is poor placement, found paint tends to chip more easily than other vehicles, starting gear lurches on occasions, could do with a bit more back-seat leg room.


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Good Ride for the Buck
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Dj
on

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I am a first time subbie driver.My last
car which lasted 9 yrs. was a Camry. I
was less than enthusiastic about the
care intially. But it has been a
reliable safe vechile which handles
excellently in rain.The tires grip the
road during a rainstrom and I'm happy
to be driving my subie. Recently the
dealer added a fuel enhancer an my
milage has increased upto
28miles/gallon.The seats are
comfortable. I bought the S-Premium
with the leather option. It's a good
all around town vehicle. Recently it
hauled all our family "stuff" to my
son's recent swim meet and had great
gas milage. It's a plain jane among
cars but reliable, safe and comfortable.


Best Features

Ease of getting into the car (7.5" off the ground), sound system, storage space. built-in cooler in the wheel- well. storage area cover, moon roof, daytime running lights, fog lights all standard


Worst Features

cup holders of course and back seat leg room, boxy shape


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Still fun to drive after a year
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By BKRider
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Vehicle

2002 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

After a year of ownership, I can still
say this a great vehicle. Things I
like: 1) Handling...never feels out of
control 2) 6 disc CD changer. Standard
in the S-Premium and does an admirable
job! 3) Overall space. For a smaller
family, it fits perfect 4) My neighbors
with their huge SUV's have to park
outside thir garages and scrape the ice
off their windows...ha! Okay...what I
don't like: 1) Fuel economy. Rarely
have I got over 22 MPG in mixed
driving. For that mileage, I would
expect a little more oomph...especially
up top. 2) Cramped back seats. 4 six
footers would be a squeeze. 3)
Cupholders, of course.


Best Features

Drives like a dream...nimble. S Premium standard features. HUGE sunroof.


Worst Features

A V-6 option. Would probably get the same overall gas mileage and not be as hard on the engine. Bigger back seat.


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Family car for 2003
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Frazier
on

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Fun to drive, plenty of room, handles
well in all driving conditions.
Excellent view of road while driving.


Best Features

Excellent view while driving.


Worst Features

Drink holder in front of heat/air vents is a bad design.


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Great car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By chadGO5
on

Vehicle

2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We purchased the Subaru Forester
for use as my wife's
vehicle...however, it is our primary car
for family excursions...so I am
"allowed" to drive it sometimes....and
I love it.

For the life of me, I can't figure out
why they decided to put the
cupholder where they did on the
dashboard. While drinks are in the
cupholder, you can't see, or access
some of the dash controls. The drink
sits right in front of the air vents, so if
you have a cold drink and the heat
on, the drink is lukewarm in minutes
and vice versa...anf finally, if your
drink is full and you hit a bump, it
spills all down the dashboard over
all of your stereo controls.


Best Features

mileage, styling, cargo room...I also found it easy to maintain and wash by hand.


Worst Features

cupholder placement seat comfort on long drives


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