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Subaru Forester 2002 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The Forester is one of the best of the car-based SUVs and one of the few small SUVs to receive a "Good" rating in the insurance-industry offset-crash test. It rides compliantly and handles relatively nimbly. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration, and the optional automatic transmission shifts responsively. Standard AWD helps in all-weather road conditions and moderate off-pavement driving. Inside, you'll find lots of useful compartments. The front seats are firm and well shaped, though the rear is a bit cramped for adults. The rear seat folds down, offering generous cargo space. A partially redesigned Forester recently went on sale as a 2003 model. Highlights include a freshened interior, a retuned suspension, and standard side air bags.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 Subaru Forester recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.

Road Test

A car-based SUV, such as the Forester, provides many of the advantages of a traditional sport-utility--all-weather versatility, higher seating position, and interior space. It also offers the comfort and road manners of a car.


  • All-wheel drive, ride, handling.


  • Spongy brake-pedal feel.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (165 hp)