2002 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Exceptional All-Around Vehicle

2002 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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Exceptional All-Around Vehicle!
By Ken Tong on


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


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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