2002 Subaru Outback consumer reviews

$18,695–$19,495 MSRP range
side view of 2002 Outback Subaru
87% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.0
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2002 Reliable and comfortable Outback Impreza car.

2002 Impreza Outback w/ AWD and low mileage of 144,000. Bought in Canada although it was an American car. Excellent pick-up and smooth drive. Love this gentle giant!


17 yrs & 197,000 miles & still going!!

For the snow of NE WA state near the Canadian border and regular commuter driving, this auto has been a great family car. The known head gasket issue has me a bit disappointed in Subaru, but for the most part, it has been a very good experience.


Worst car I EVER HAD

I had this car for 18 months , it had problems right off the bat , Idler wheel bad, down pipe rusted out, water pump went bad , had a herkey jerkey drive train in lower gears when driving at lower speed , mine was a 5 speed with the 2.5 motor , could be the automatic was a lot better , had to get rid of the car at 80k miles , maybe it was just a lemon , but will never buy one again ...


A car my wife and I could agree on. Our favorite!

This car has lasted us a long time and it is one we originally agreed on when we purchased it. It also became our favorite car. We have the H6 model which is more powerful than the 4-cylinder models. It handles great in winter and can go through anything. For perspective, we live in a rural northern Minnesota area. After blizzards with 1-2 feet of snow, our road would normally not get plowed for days. If it wasn't for this car we would be stranded. Its also great in the summer and for exploring small back roads and log roads.


An everything vehicle

I loved my 2002 Subaru, which I bought used and somewhat battered. It had a cool functional backwoods vibe, was great in the snow, and the cargo space was huge. It comfortably seated four, got decent gas mileage, handled well, and was the most safe and solid feeling vehicle I ever owned. I would still own it, but the tensioner failed, threw the timing belt, and destroyed the engine, which can happen with Subarus. I had the timing belt replaced when I bought it, but four years and 45,000 miles later the engine blew anyway. I miss the car.



Reliable well built economically good handles well on or off road, this make has made a lasting impression on my family and myself. Subaru has an excellent product line .


A death trap

We have put more money into this xxxx car since we have it more I to the cooling system hoses cvc joint ball joint brakes and the money for the parts are rediculous and we can't even change the spark plugs cause they are under the engine and on the side under the manafold which is dumb casue you can't get a wrench in there to change them


Best all around vehicle I have ever owned

The outback is very versatile as well as functional . Easy to cruze around town and just as comfortable off road going hiking or fishing on , off road capabilities are impressive for what it looks like it can handle, very surprising vehicle and rewarding


Great car; I love it!

This is a durable, highly reliable car. Very safe, especially in slippery road conditions. Very stable and very predictable in maneuvering. I'll buy another Subaru in a couple of years to replace this one. My only concern is the fuel mileage, but you give up some of that to get the all-wheel drive.


I loved my Subaru -2002

Reliable, sturdy and a car with plenty of space. My 2002 Outback took me on long distance rides without a hitch. Climbed very rough terraine like a truck and started up after a week of sitting in -20 degree weather. Seats are a bit unforgiving on a long drive (8 plus hours), but handles like a small car. Tight turning radius makes life easier than the typical SUV or wagon. Repairs are expensive when they happen as well as basic maintenance scheduled. My car went on to be my daughter?s car and went well over 300,000 miles. I loved my Subaru!