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

2002 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Review

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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

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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