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1986 Subaru XT vs. 2006 Subaru Forester

To start off, 2006 Subaru Forester is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Subaru XT. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Subaru XT would be higher. At 2,672 cc (6 cylinders), 1986 Subaru XT is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Subaru Forester (227 HP) has 80 more horse power than 1986 Subaru XT. (147 HP) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Subaru Forester should accelerate faster than 1986 Subaru XT. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Subaru Forester weights approximately 232 kg more than 1986 Subaru XT. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2006 Subaru Forester is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1986 Subaru XT. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2006 Subaru Forester 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, 2006 Subaru Forester (320 Nm) has 109 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Subaru XT. (211 Nm). This means 2006 Subaru Forester will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Subaru XT. 2006 Subaru Forester has automatic transmission and 1986 Subaru XT has manual transmission. 1986 Subaru XT will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2006 Subaru Forester will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Subaru XT 2006 Subaru Forester
Make Subaru Subaru
Model XT Forester
Year Released 1986 2006
Body Type Coupe SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2672 cc 2455 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 147 HP 227 HP
Torque 211 Nm 320 Nm
Engine Bore Size 92 mm 99.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 67 mm 79 mm
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1278 kg 1510 kg
Vehicle Length 4460 mm 4800 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1610 mm
Wheelbase Size 2470 mm 2530 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L 60 L


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