2002 Subaru Outback User Reviews

2002 Subaru Outback Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 19 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"awd" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Jared writes:
2002 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 Review
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5

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Plenty of space for everyone to be comfortable.
Climate control is wonderful.
Never lacks in power.

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Maintenance is high
Takes 6 quarts of oil
Windy cockpit is annoying

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Great Car For The Fuel Millage And Is Off Road Capible — The car has been great when it comes to quality, it has everything you need and more. Power is good from the 3.0 V6 Horizontal engine and is even better with the AWD. I have never seen it in a car but this one has a power band that kicks in at 4200RPM. I find it very handy due to most cars will lack in power the higher the RPM. The ride comfort is magnificent and the design almost European which makes it brilliant.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Andrew writes:
2002 Subaru Outback Sport Review
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Made of quality materials, very reliable, good in snow, fun to drive

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Poor acceleration, lots of engine noise, no side airbags, wasn't extremely durable.

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Got The Job Done — This was a very good first car. It was noisy and slow, but it safely got me to and from school for 4 years, and it had personality.

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carchick writes:
2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Great in snow. Lots of storage space. Good pick and acceleration

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Fuel economy, smallish tank, head gaskets are known to go.

carchick
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Best Awd For The Money — Love Subaru's we've owned 3. If you deal with snow and ice there are no better cars to have. Head gaskets on 2002 fail. We've replaced ours. Window seals go over time too. Other than that no problems. Drive happy!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bobby writes:
2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Best car I have ever owned.

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Nothing.

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2002 Subaru Outback — This is the best AWD car I have ever owned,.If you are looking for something that you can travel in and never let you down, this would be the car for you! It has automatic everything and alloy rims.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Olcountry writes:
2002 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC Wagon Review
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5

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Drives and rides great; gets pretty good mileage.  Goes great in off road and slippery conditions.  Looks good with wife in it....(her addition to this).  She loves it

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the suspensions "squeaks"..

Olcountry
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It's Just An Awesome Car. — Love the reliability and functionality of the car. Not expensive to maintain it. It is expensive to fix if not handled properly. Let the right people fix your car. All the accessories on it work great. The VDC (vehicle dynamics control) works great and helps in the braking and steering.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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KarlCordahi writes:
2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Very good for outdoor activities. Big Trunk for equipment and also you can put things on the roof of the car.
Very practical for families with kids who require a lot of stuff.
Perfect for college students too (I would know I am one right now)

Cons

Probably not the hottest car out there.

KarlCordahi
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Very Reliable — I like how smooth it runs, gas expenses are really low for the distances I drive daily. The braking is good, acceleration is average after all it isn't a sports car and it has a small engine. The steering wheel is also very smooth, easy to drive.

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MissWendy writes:
2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition Wagon Review
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Have driven this car over 248,000 miles with reliability in conditions of mud and snow. Has provided comfort for groups traveling.

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Requires Premium gas for LL Bean Edition

MissWendy
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Can't Go Wrong With The Llbean Edition — The LLBEAN edition is just the right height so I can reach on top of the car without needing a tall helper to pull my skis down. (Newer models are too big and high) It provides just enough clearance and control so I can drive safely on the snow. It provides enough power to pack it up and haul over the mountain passes. The LLBEAN edition also provides amazing visibility through the back windows, and has power adjustable side mirrors. (They have decreased the window sizes for newer models). The Consumer reports had 'happy circles' for all the aspects of the car, except the electronics. There has been maybe 2 issues with the electronics since buying the car that have changed the functionality.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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jd659 writes:
2002 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC Review
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It's a Sue B, what else do I have to say.

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gas mileage

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Love My Sueb — Subaru's are awesome. This car is a sporty 4 door sedan with power everything. Heated seats, mirrors, windshield wipers. It's All wheel drive, Auto. Even with over 130,000 miles I would take it any where I need to go, even on the logging roads and old country roads. I love this car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Will writes:
2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon Review
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Handling

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nothing other than cosmetics

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Reliable And Fun — Love the AWD w/ boxer engine superior handling never leaves the road in any weather condition or any speed. Very functional. the car could use some more clearance which has been improved upon in latter models. Im defiantly going to buy another subaru

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Luke writes:
2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition Wagon Review
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leather, wood, moonroof, great stock stereo

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brakes should be larger, wish the wheels were sportier looking

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2002 Subaru Outback L.l. Bean Edition Wagon — I wish the brakes were a little better...I just wish they were bigger size brakes. It's pretty quick, considering that it's an automatic, All Wheel Drive, and it holds a bunch of stuff. The stereo is stock, except for the Pioneer AVIC-N3 GPS/AV headunit. It has two large moonroofs, although only the rear moonroof slides open; the front just tilts. The paint is cool, because it has purple chips embedded in the black metallic, so it pops when it is sunny. It gets pretty good gas mileage, even when you floor it. The styling is pretty nice, but understated. The interior is very nice with mahogany trim and two-tone leather seats. The handling is nice too and handles nicely even at higher speeds. I reccomend this car and I would buy another Subaru.

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Reviews From Other Years

2000 Subaru Outback Reviews

Love This Car For Its Ability And Cargo Space. By AWDSuby

Hands down one of the best vehicles I've ever driven. Easy to see out all windows for backing and switching lanes. Lots of cargo space with back seats folding down flat. Sleep in it and view the stars... Read More

Subaru Outbacks Are Rock Solid Cars For The Outdoor Enthusiast. By AWDSuby

Fun car to drive, good acceleration and braking. Not as sporty as the smaller sport version, but definitely more reliable. Roof rack very nice for strapping gear down. The fold down flat back seats ma... Read More

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2001 Subaru Outback Reviews

2001 Sohc 2.5 Wagon By theelements23

So far so good a few things I need to fix, I did purchase a warranty so things should be good. Subaru definitely builds a solid car. I see so many on the road. But not many with the double sun roofs. Read More

Great Family Car By harris_42

I love my Subaru Outback. I bought this car new in 2001 when my son was born. I plan to give it to him when he gets his drivers license. It has been very reliable and now has 130,000 miles on it. ... Read More

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2003 Subaru Outback Reviews

This Is Our Second Outback That We Purchased Used And It Has Proven To Be Another Quality Car. By T_J_Fries

This is our sixth Subaru and it continues to meet the quality and dependability that we have come to expect from the brand. We were pleasantly surprised that with 60-65 mph highway speeds it can prov... Read More

Great All Around Car. By DzemoJedi

Great car for all around driving, lots of room for passangers and cargo. Full time AWD makes it not so sporty handling while it works great on snow and ice. Trailer hitch is the best option on this ca... Read More

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2004 Subaru Outback Reviews

Great College Car By Saunder

I bought this car in college. It has been a great and reliable vehicle. Has over 225k miles and I haven't had one major or really minor repair (just standard maintenance). I imagine the engine will re... Read More

Generally Good, Repairs Affordable, Good, Safe Family Car By robbrown99

This is a good car generally - good size for a family of 4 and a dog. Has been quite reliable up to 100K miles, but after that repairs are trending upwards. If you live in a snowy area, have kids and ... Read More

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2005 Subaru Outback Reviews

Perfect Family Car By jrpawlak

Overall a good car. Plenty of room. Plenty of power. Fun to drive despite being a station wagon. Only gripes are that you can't upgrade the radio and coming from a sports car I feel the pedals are t... Read More

Above Top 3 Of Every Car I Have Ever Had By Bubaru23

There is a lot to like and not a lot not to like. The only things I disliked about the car are insignificant things that bothered me because I'm a bit of a car snob. Definitely quite a favorite. I ... Read More

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