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2002 Subaru Outback vs. 2003 Volvo V50

To start off, 2003 Volvo V50 is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Subaru Outback. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Subaru Outback would be higher. At 2,457 cc (4 cylinders), 2002 Subaru Outback is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Subaru Outback (154 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 15 more horse power than 2003 Volvo V50. (139 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Subaru Outback should accelerate faster than 2003 Volvo V50. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Subaru Outback weights approximately 25 kg more than 2003 Volvo V50. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2002 Subaru Outback is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2003 Volvo V50. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Subaru Outback will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2002 Subaru Outback (224 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 4 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Volvo V50. (220 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2002 Subaru Outback will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Volvo V50. 2002 Subaru Outback has automatic transmission and 2003 Volvo V50 has manual transmission. 2003 Volvo V50 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Subaru Outback will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Subaru Outback 2003 Volvo V50
Make Subaru Volvo
Model Outback V50
Year Released 2002 2003
Body Type Station Wagon Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2457 cc 2442 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type boxer in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 154 HP 139 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 224 Nm 220 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 99.5 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 79 mm 90 mm
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1465 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1550 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L 62 L


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