So far, so good
By Sun195 on
2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I've had this car for three years - no problems yet. Performs well in snow/wet weather. AWD is idiot-proof. Hauls a ton of stuff with seats folded down. Decent gas mileage -- 30+mpg on one recent long trip. Comfortable for longer trips. Adequate power for freeway; not too zippy around town. Short enough so that roof rack is easily accessible. I wish I would have got all-weather package w/ heated mirrors. Car has survived two minor accidents fairly well. This is the "Swiss army knife" of cars.
AWD, cargo capacity, gas mileage, flexibility.
Needs more power, some problems with driver-side window sealing, fog lamps are expensive to replace, cruise control seems odd.