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2002 Subaru Outback vs. 2005 Subaru Impreza

To start off, 2005 Subaru Impreza is newer by 3 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, 2005 Subaru Impreza (261 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 107 more horse power than 2002 Subaru Outback. (154 HP @ 5600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Subaru Impreza should accelerate faster than 2002 Subaru Outback. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Subaru Impreza weights approximately 55 kg more than 2002 Subaru Outback. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are four wheel drive (4WD) - it offers better handling, traction, and control in all driving conditions compared with front wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2005 Subaru Impreza (343 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 119 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Subaru Outback. (224 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 2005 Subaru Impreza will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Subaru Outback. 2002 Subaru Outback has automatic transmission and 2005 Subaru Impreza has manual transmission. 2005 Subaru Impreza 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 2005 Subaru Impreza
Make Subaru Subaru
Model Outback Impreza
Year Released 2002 2005
Body Type Station Wagon Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2457 cc 1994 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 154 HP 261 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 224 Nm 343 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 4000 RPM
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1545 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1550 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2660 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L 60 L


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