What is Torque in Cars?
Horsepower and torque are the primary measurements of a drivetrain's power. Horsepower, for whatever reason, gets the notoriety and establishes the bragging rights. Yes, more horses mean more power, but horsepower only measures the peak performance capability of an engine or motor and is not a measure of its strength.
Torque measures the twisting force, or strength, of an engine or motor. That sensation of being pushed back into your seat when you stomp on the accelerator? That's torque. Illustrated using a non-automotive example, when opening a jar, torque is the effort with which you loosen the lid while horsepower is the speed with which you spin it off.
Simply put, torque gets you going, while horsepower keeps you moving. And, depending on how you intend to use your vehicle, one will matter over the other. Torque also works differently based on the engine type and energy source.