2002 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: My first Forester

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My first Forester
By Casey on


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


This is my first Forester. I have a
complaint about the back doors: it
would be so much easier to get in and
out if the doors would slide from the
middle of the side (see mid-80's
Stanzas). My older friends have trouble
getting in and out. The front seats
need to be able to be more upright,not
reclining for driving. I have had to
add a pillow to keep my back straight.
Unfortunately I did not notice this
problem in test driving, only when
doing my regular driving. The car
handles well, but needs to be 2 inches
higher for ease of getting out for
these old knees. I love the quiet
engine, and it handles traffic well.

Best Features

I like the sound system, I listen to books on tape and it is just fine for that. The ability to see out of the windows for backing and changing lanes is a big plus. Even with my arthritis I can see that blind corner OK when I took off the back seat headrests.

Worst Features

Raise the curb height about 3 inches, and make it about 14 inches longer and put sliding doors for the back. Better seats-the backs of the driver's seat needs to be adjusted straight up, or more so than the 2002. Don't make it an SUV! nor a Minivan. Don't need a third row seat.
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