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2005 Subaru Legacy vs. 2008 Subaru Forester

To start off, 2008 Subaru Forester is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2005 Subaru Legacy. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2005 Subaru Legacy would be higher. At 2,501 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Subaru Forester is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Subaru Forester (173 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 49 more horse power than 2005 Subaru Legacy. (124 HP @ 5600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Subaru Forester should accelerate faster than 2005 Subaru Legacy. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Subaru Forester weights approximately 60 kg more than 2005 Subaru Legacy. 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, 2008 Subaru Forester (225 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 49 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Subaru Legacy. (176 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2008 Subaru Forester will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Subaru Legacy.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Subaru Legacy 2008 Subaru Forester
Make Subaru Subaru
Model Legacy Forester
Year Released 2005 2008
Body Type Station Wagon SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1994 cc 2501 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 124 HP 173 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 225 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4400 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 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1315 kg 1375 kg
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 4490 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1660 mm
Wheelbase Size 2680 mm 2530 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L 60 L


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