Subaru Outback Old Vs. New Drag Race: Could This Be the Slowest Drag Race in History? [Video]

The car is supposed to stay *on* the track, right?

The last time we had the “world’s slowest drag race”, we pitched a Toyota C-HR against a Jeep Renegade. Neither of those cars are fast, but this time we’re staging a drag race with a difference. In this video, Roman and Andre pitch their Subaru Outbacks against one another to see which is faster. Both have four-cylinder engines and both have CVTs…it’s a race for the history books!

Of course, these Outbacks – particularly in four-cylinder guise – are meant for efficiency more than outright speed. Under the hood of both cars is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine with 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The key difference? In four years and 70,000 miles, has an older 2015 Subaru Outback been properly run in? Will the newer Outback be the faster car? Check out the video above to find out!

Subaru Outback old vs. new drag race
Both of these Subaru Outbacks are identical…or are they? [Photo: TFLcar]
All right, neither car is particularly quick even when you give it the beans. In fact, this may just be one of our slowest drag races. However, when it comes to efficiency, the Subaru Outback starts to win back some points. Even though it’s a higher-riding wagon that seats five and all their gear in comfort, it can still return over 30 mpg. In fact, the EPA rates both cars at 25 City / 32 Highway / 28 Combined mpg.

Going back to speed, neither car was particularly fast in the 0-60 run either. However, the 2015 Subaru Outback scored a 12.22 second run, while it did need the whole track to get there. The newer 2018 model, on the other hand, was slightly faster. It posted an 11.75 second 0-60 time. At a mile above sea level, these engines struggle even more to get closer to that 175 horsepower rating. On top of that, the CVT doesn’t help.

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