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Body style: Wagon (station wagon, estate, combi, touring)
Segment: Medium

Subaru introduced the third generation of the Outback in 1999, and just three years later, it came with a facelifted version, which was kept until 2004.

The Legacy Outback was ahead of its times. It was a high-lifted version of the Legacy, and it appeared on the market in 1994. Five years later, Audi introduced their version of a lifted model for the A6 Avant, which was named Allroad. But Subaru was relentless and came at the same time with a completely new vehicle, the Subaru Outback. While it lost the "Legacy" part of the name, it became a stand-alone model, even though most of its parts were shared with other Subaru vehicles.

It was unusual for a carmaker to introduce a facelifted model in such a short time since the car's launch. The second generation of the Outback was based on the third generation of the Legacy, and it was available in both shapes: sedan and estate, but the latter was the most successful version. The 2002 model-year featured improved stone protection thanks to wrapped around bumpers and plastic panels on the lower parts of the doors. In the rear, the cut-down bumper left more room for the tailgate.

Inside, the 2002 Outback featured new equipment such as the CD-cassette-radio. Depending on the trim level, two-tone leather upholstery was available, and some wood-trims on the dashboard and door panels. A Momo steering wheel was on the options list as well.

The biggest change was on the technical side, where Subaru installed its 3.0-liter Boxer engine. It was paired to the well-known symmetrical all-wheel-drive system or to an enhanced VDC that transferred the most torque to the wheel with the best traction.

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SUBARU Outback 2002 - 2003
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.5L 4AT AWD (156 HP)
  • 2.5L 5MT AWD (156 HP)
  • 3.0L 4AT (109 HP)

SUBARU Outback 2.5L 4AT AWD (156 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 4AT AWD (156 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
2457 cm3
Power
115 KW @ 5600 RPM
156 HP @ 5600 RPM
154 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
223 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3185.7 lbs (1445 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4442 lbs (2015 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Highway
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
Combined
23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
226 g/km

SUBARU Outback 2.5L 5MT AWD (156 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 5MT AWD (156 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
2457 cm3
Power
115 KW @ 5600 RPM
156 HP @ 5600 RPM
154 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
223 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122.4 mph (197 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3185.7 lbs (1445 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4365.2 lbs (1980 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
Highway
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
226 g/km

SUBARU Outback 3.0L 4AT (109 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L 4AT (109 HP)
Cylinders
B6
Displacement
2999 cm3
Power
154 KW @ 6000 RPM
209 HP @ 6000 RPM
207 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
208 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
282 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130.5 mph (210 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.8/57.5 in (1,468/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3494.3 lbs (1585 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4431.3 lbs (2010 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.4 mpg US (15.3 L/100Km)
Highway
30.1 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Combined
22.4 mpg US (10.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
248 g/km
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