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1986 Subaru XT vs. 2008 Subaru Legacy

To start off, 2008 Subaru Legacy 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. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Subaru Legacy weights approximately 302 kg more than 1986 Subaru XT.

Because 2008 Subaru Legacy 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 Legacy 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, 2008 Subaru Legacy (340 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 129 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Subaru XT. (211 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2008 Subaru Legacy will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Subaru XT. 2008 Subaru Legacy 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. 2008 Subaru Legacy will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Subaru XT 2008 Subaru Legacy
Make Subaru Subaru
Model XT Legacy
Year Released 1986 2008
Body Type Coupe Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2672 cc 2457 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer boxer
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 147 HP 0 HP
Torque 211 Nm 340 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 92 mm 99.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 67 mm 79 mm
Top Speed 210 km/hour 233 km/hour
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 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 4460 mm 4710 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1690 mm
Wheelbase Size 2470 mm 2680 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L 64 L


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