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2002 Subaru Outback vs. 2005 Subaru Legacy

To start off, 2005 Subaru Legacy 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 3,000 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Subaru Legacy is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Subaru Legacy (242 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 88 more horse power than 2002 Subaru Outback. (154 HP @ 5600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Subaru Legacy should accelerate faster than 2002 Subaru Outback. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Subaru Outback weights approximately 14 kg more than 2005 Subaru Legacy.

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 Legacy (297 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 73 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Subaru Outback. (224 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 2005 Subaru Legacy 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 Legacy has manual transmission. 2005 Subaru Legacy 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 Legacy
Make Subaru Subaru
Model Outback Legacy
Year Released 2002 2005
Body Type Station Wagon Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2457 cc 3000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 154 HP 242 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 224 Nm 297 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 4400 RPM
Engine Bore Size 99.5 mm 89.2 mm
Engine Stroke Size 79 mm 80 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1476 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1550 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2680 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L 64 L


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