2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
An all-around excellent small-SUV:
A little more room would be nice (both storage and in back seats)
Only provides front airbag on base model
too hard to choose
Additional airbags in the base model Forester . . . which they are doing in 2003.
In the small SUV vehicles I found the Forester to be the best buy and it is very reliable. I have owned Subarus before and can vouch for this.
Peppy and responsive 4cyl engine- handles well- and good gas mileage.
could be a little bigger and a small six cyl would make it fly.