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Let's compare an Outback 1996 to a Ford Five Hundred. All fractions are rounded.

Outback 2.2L

Width: 68"
Length: 184"
Weight: 3200 (est)
HP: 135 (23 hp/pound)
Wheel Base: 103"

Ford 500

Width:  75"
Length: 207"
Weight: 3664
HP: 203 (18 hp/pound)
Wheel Base: 113"

Overall, the Ford 500 is a larger and heavier car. It's almost a foot wider and two feet longer. It has more HP than my Subaru, sporting a V6 engine, but is also heavier, cancelling out the HP advantage. It would need to produce 160 hp to feel the same as my Subaru 2.2L, which already had a reputation as an anemic engine. However, the price/performance ratio still kicks ass (as in minimal cost) and reliability should be much higher. On a good note, the longer wheel base should make this baby a far better on long distance trips.

Research reveals that I can get the engine reprogrammed to produce more power, somewhere in the 260 HP range, which would make the engine output equivalent to my Subaru.


Jul. 31st, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
How does a longer wheelbase make a vehicle better for long distance trip? I know that longer wheelbases can make things more stable (for some things) and affect turning radius.
Jul. 31st, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
It's the stability. More stability means less work for the driver at higher speeds, which means easier driving. Having driving some big old cars at high speeds, you just don't feel them like you do for smaller cards with shorter wheel bases.