Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,419 - $4,178
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
165
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,419 - $4,178
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
165
Seats
5

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2002 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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69 Reviews
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Subaru is a fun and reliable vehicle for the NW consumer

2002 Subaru Forester S

I love this vehicle for its reliability and safety features. The hatchback has been a lifesaver for use on transporting my dog or loading groceries. The seats also go down if you need to load longer items. I do wish the 4 cylinder engine was a 6 cylinder. It tends to lag when shifting gears when driving up steep hills. This could also be the fact that it is a older model. I really like the all wheel drive since I live in Oregon during the winter months. The sunroof is a fun feature but not necessarily something I feel is needed. Heated seats are a nice addition since it can get chilly in the NW during winter months. The stock radio is okay but has no feature to plug in your smartphone or other device to stream music through. Although this car is a 2002 model, I am overall impressed with its extra features and will most likely purchase another Subaru again in the future.

- Cathy S

Extremely reliable, comfortable and large like some of the SUVs on the road.

2002 Subaru Forester

Sturdy, dependable and exceptionally convenient. The back area where a trunk would be, is large enough to carry multiple things. I have leather seats that have withstood two big dogs with no damage to the leather at all. The front has extra lights, and many cubbies for maps or menus, for take-out, places for change and whatnot. It runs wonderfully even with over 130, 000 miles. There is a roof rack that is built in and great for transporting large objects. It has served me well and I would not hesitate to buy another I am told by mechanics, I can easily get over 200, 000 miles, which I look forward to.

- Ann B

2002 Subaru Forester: the good, the bad & the ugly.

2002 Subaru Forester

It is an older car so issues are expected. I had it about a year and had to replace the engine when the car had about 180, 000 miles. The a/c stopped working shortly thereafter. Now, there is a horrid smell or burning oil but when one checks the oil, the level is normal; I had the oil changed and the issue persists. No one can diagnose it. I no longer drive more than a few miles from home. However, the car is a champ in the winter. The AWD is excellent and the heated seats are wonderful and heat up very quickly. The back seat folds down easily, making plenty of space for my huge dogs.

- Maria K

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2002 Subaru Forester Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.

Key Specs

Overview

Horsepower

Horsepower
165 hp
165 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43 in.
43 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.2 in.
39.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.4 in.
33.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.6 in.
37.2 in.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
205/70SR15
215/60HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
99.4 in.
99.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.7 ft.
34.7 ft.

Length

Length
175.6 in.
175.6 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3140 - 3190 lbs.
3255 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
165 hp
165 hp

Torque

Torque
166 ft. lbs.
166 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
165 lbs.
165 lbs.

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 - 22 mpg
25 mpg

City

City
21 - 22 mpg
22 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
27 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety