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2001 Honda S-MX vs. 2002 Subaru Outback

To start off, 2002 Subaru Outback is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2001 Honda S-MX. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2001 Honda S-MX would be higher. At 2,457 cc (4 cylinders), 2002 Subaru Outback is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Subaru Outback (154 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 25 more horse power than 2001 Honda S-MX. (129 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Subaru Outback should accelerate faster than 2001 Honda S-MX. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Subaru Outback weights approximately 160 kg more than 2001 Honda S-MX. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are four wheel drive (4WD) - it offers better handling, traction, and control in all driving conditions compared with front wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2002 Subaru Outback (224 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 34 more torque (in Nm) than 2001 Honda S-MX. (190 Nm @ 4200 RPM). This means 2002 Subaru Outback will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2001 Honda S-MX. 2002 Subaru Outback has automatic transmission and 2001 Honda S-MX has manual transmission. 2001 Honda S-MX will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Subaru Outback will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2001 Honda S-MX 2002 Subaru Outback
Make Honda Subaru
Model S-MX Outback
Year Released 2001 2002
Body Type Hatchback Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1973 cc 2457 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line boxer
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 129 HP 154 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 190 Nm 224 Nm
Torque RPM 4200 RPM 3600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 85 mm 99.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 88 mm 79 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1330 kg 1490 kg
Vehicle Length 3960 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1760 mm 1550 mm
Wheelbase Size 2510 mm 2660 mm


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