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2002 Subaru Outback vs. 1985 Subaru XT

To start off, 2002 Subaru Outback is newer by 17 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1985 Subaru XT. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1985 Subaru XT 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 20 more horse power than 1985 Subaru XT. (134 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Subaru Outback should accelerate faster than 1985 Subaru XT. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Subaru Outback weights approximately 326 kg more than 1985 Subaru XT. 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 28 more torque (in Nm) than 1985 Subaru XT. (196 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2002 Subaru Outback will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1985 Subaru XT.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Subaru Outback 1985 Subaru XT
Make Subaru Subaru
Model Outback XT
Year Released 2002 1985
Body Type Station Wagon Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2457 cc 1781 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer in-line
Horse Power 154 HP 134 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 224 Nm 196 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 99.5 mm 92 mm
Engine Stroke Size 79 mm 67 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1164 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1550 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2470 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L 60 L


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