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1986 Subaru XT vs. 2008 Subaru Forester

To start off, 2008 Subaru Forester is newer by 22 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, 2008 Subaru Forester (156 HP @ 6400 RPM) has 9 more horse power than 1986 Subaru XT. (147 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Subaru Forester should accelerate faster than 1986 Subaru XT. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Subaru Forester weights approximately 114 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 2008 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, 2008 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, 1986 Subaru XT (211 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 25 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Subaru Forester. (186 Nm @ 3200 RPM). This means 1986 Subaru XT will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Subaru Forester.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Subaru XT 2008 Subaru Forester
Make Subaru Subaru
Model XT Forester
Year Released 1986 2008
Body Type Coupe SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2672 cc 1994 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 147 HP 156 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 6400 RPM
Torque 211 Nm 186 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3200 RPM
Engine Bore Size 92 mm 92 mm
Engine Stroke Size 67 mm 75 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 11.1:1
Top Speed 210 km/hour 189 km/hour
Drive Type Front 4WD
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1278 kg 1392 kg
Vehicle Length 4460 mm 4490 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1600 mm
Wheelbase Size 2470 mm 2530 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L 60 L


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