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2005 Subaru Legacy vs. 1997 Subaru Impreza

To start off, 2005 Subaru Legacy is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 Subaru Impreza. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Subaru Impreza would be higher. At 1,994 cc (4 cylinders), 2005 Subaru Legacy is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Subaru Legacy (124 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 35 more horse power than 1997 Subaru Impreza. (89 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Subaru Legacy should accelerate faster than 1997 Subaru Impreza. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Subaru Legacy weights approximately 171 kg more than 1997 Subaru Impreza. 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 Legacy (176 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 48 more torque (in Nm) than 1997 Subaru Impreza. (128 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2005 Subaru Legacy will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1997 Subaru Impreza.

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2005 Subaru Legacy 1997 Subaru Impreza
Make Subaru Subaru
Model Legacy Impreza
Year Released 2005 1997
Body Type Station Wagon Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1994 cc 1597 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 124 HP 89 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 128 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1315 kg 1144 kg
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 4370 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1180 mm
Wheelbase Size 2680 mm 2530 mm


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