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2004 Ford Focus vs. 2002 Subaru Outback

To start off, 2004 Ford Focus is newer by 2 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 19 more horse power than 2004 Ford Focus. (135 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Subaru Outback should accelerate faster than 2004 Ford Focus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Subaru Outback weights approximately 134 kg more than 2004 Ford Focus. 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 2004 Ford Focus. 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 46 more torque (in Nm) than 2004 Ford Focus. (178 Nm @ 1750 RPM). This means 2002 Subaru Outback will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2004 Ford Focus. 2002 Subaru Outback has automatic transmission and 2004 Ford Focus has manual transmission. 2004 Ford Focus 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:

2004 Ford Focus 2002 Subaru Outback
Make Ford Subaru
Model Focus Outback
Year Released 2004 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1599 cc 2457 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line boxer
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 135 HP 154 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 178 Nm 224 Nm
Torque RPM 1750 RPM 3600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 75 mm 99.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 88.3 mm 79 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1356 kg 1490 kg
Vehicle Length 4350 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 1850 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1550 mm
Wheelbase Size 2760 mm 2660 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 64 L


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