2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Buy it for comfort and space

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Buy it for comfort and space
By ksolomon on


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


I have driven 70K miles in 18 months in West Michigan, mostly on the freeway. The car is exceptional in the snow especially with winter tires, it is quiet and comfortable on the freeway and grip is excellent. The tailgate is 43" wide and you can carry a 48" wide board on an angle. It also pulls medium size trailers effortlessly. My car has had only one problem, which was a blown fan motor caused by a faulty surge protector. Dealer service has been very good. My complaints are that the interior is pretty boring, the car is really slow, and I average only 22mpg.

Best Features

In the winter I ran Eagle Ultra Grip Ice snow tires on the Wagon. Driving 5/10ths in winter was easily more fun than a sports car in the summer.

Worst Features

165 horsepower in a 3700lb car is clearly too little. The car needs more power and another gear in the automatic. The interior needs some updating as well.
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