Times, They Have Been a Changin’

 

How Far Have Cars Come in 13 Years?

Michael Schlee

 

In the Automotive world, change happens quickly. If you don’t keep pace with the times, you will be left behind. There are several manufacturers who did not keep up with consumer tastes and needs over the past few decades and they are now feeling the pain. I’ll be nice and avoid naming names.

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

So just how quickly do vehicles change and evolve? Well, I thought I would take a look at 10 popular models that have been around for the past 13 years. I took one example each from 10 popular vehicle categories. Without being too general, there are 3 trends that all of these vehicles have followed; bigger size, bigger power and increased options.

 

 

It is quite amazing just how advanced vehicles have become in such a short period of time. Go back 10 more years and cars will seem down right archaic. Anyway, take a look at how far some of these vehicles have come in just over a decade.

 

 

Toyota Corolla

1996 Toyota Corolla

1996 Toyota Corolla

Year 1996 2009
Make Toyota Toyota
Model Corolla Corolla
Engine 1.6L DOHC Inline-4, 100HP 1.8L DOHC Inline-4, 132HP
Optional Engine 1.8L DOHC Inline-4, 105HP 2.4L DOHC Inline-4, 158HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual
Optional Transmisison 3 Speed Automatic 4 Speed Automatic
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Automatic 5 Speed Automatic
Length 4369mm 4539mm
Width 1684mm 1760mm
Height 1379mm 1466mm
Base Curb Weight 1043kg 1238kg
Mileage City 7.6L/100KM 7.5L/100KM

 

 

Honda Accord

1996 Honda Accord

1996 Honda Accord

Year 1996 2009
Make Honda Honda
Model Accord Accord
Engine 2.2L SOHC Inline-4, 130HP 2.4L DOHC Inline-4, 177HP
Optional Engine 2.2L SOHC Inline-4, 145HP 2.4L DOHC Inline-4, 190HP
Optional Engine 2.7L SOHC V6, 170HP 3.5L DOHC V6, 271HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Automatic 6 Speed Manual
Optional Transmisison ———————————– 5 Speed Automatic
Length 4785mm 4930mm
Width 1781mm 1847mm
Height 1405mm 1476mm
Base Curb Weight 1270kg 1471kg
Mileage City 9.4L/100KM 9.4L/100KM

 

 

BMW 3-Series

E36 BMW 325is

E36 BMW 328

Year 1996 2009
Make BMW BMW
Model 3-Series 3-Series
Engine 1.9L DOHC Inline-4, 138HP 2.5L DOHC Inline-6, 200HP
Optional Engine 2.8L DOHC Inline-6, 190HP 3.0L DOHC Inline-6, 230HP
Optional Engine 3.0L DOHC Inline-6, 240HP 3.0L DOHC Turbocharged Inline-6, 300HP
Optional Engine ————————————- 3.0L DOHC Turbocharged Diesel Inline-6, 265HP
Optional Engine ————————————– 4.0L DOHC V8, 414HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 6 Speed Manual
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Automatic 6 Speed Automatic
Optional Transmisison ————————————– 7 Speed DSG
Length 4432mm 4542mm
Width 1697mm 1816mm
Height 1392mm 1420mm
Base Curb Weight 1270kg 1503kg
Mileage City 10.7L/100KM 11.1L/100KM

 

 

Audi A6

1996 Audi A6

1996 Audi A6

Year 1996 2009
Make Audi Audi
Model A6 A6
Engine 2.8L SOHC V6, 172HP 3.2L DOHC V6, 255HP
Optional Engine ———————————- 3.0L DOHC Supercharged V6, 300HP
Optional Engine ———————————- 4.2L DOHC V8, 350HP
Optional Engine ———————————- 5.2L DOHC V10, 435HP
Transmission 4 Speed Auto CVT
Optional Transmisison ———————————- 6 Speed Automatic
Length 4892mm 4915mm
Width 1783mm 2011mm
Height 1438mm 1448mm
Base Curb Weight 1542kg 1830kg
Mileage City 12.4L/100KM 13.1L/100KM

 

 

Chevrolet Corvette

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Year 1996 2009
Make Chevrolet Chevrolet
Model Corvette Corvette
Engine 5.7L Pushrod V8, 300HP 6.2L Pushrod V8, 430HP
Optional Engine 5.7L Pushrod V8, 330HP 7.0L Pushrod V8, 505HP
Optional Engine —————————— 6.2L Pushrod Supercharge V8, 638HP
Transmission 6 Speed Manual 6 Speed Manual
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Manual 6 Speed Automatic
Length 4534mm 4435mm
Width 1796mm 1844mm
Height 1176mm 1245mm
Base Curb Weight 1497kg 1474kg
Mileage City 13.8L/100KM 12.9L/100KM

 

 

Mercedes SL-Class

Mercedes Benz SL500

Mercedes Benz SL500

Year 1996 2009
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model SL-Class SL-Class
Engine 3.2L DOHC Inline-6, 229HP 5.5L DOHC V8, 382HP
Optional Engine 5.0L DOHC V8, 315HP 5.5L SOHC Bi-Turbocharged V12, 510HP
Optional Engine 6.0L DOHC V12, 389HP 6.2L DOHC V8, 518HP
Optional Engine ——————————— 6.0L DOHC Bi-Turbocharged V12, 603HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Automatic
Optional Transmisison 5 Speed Automatic 7 Speed Automatic
Length 4521mm 4562mm
Width 1811mm 1821mm
Height 1303mm 1295mm
Base Curb Weight 1882kg 1919kg
Mileage City 13.8L/100KM 15.8L/100KM

 

 

Dodge Ram 1500

1996 Dodge Ram 1500

1996 Dodge Ram 1500

Year 1996 2009
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Ram 1500 Ram 1500
Engine 3.9L Pushrod V6, 170HP 3.7L SOHC V6, 210HP
Optional Engine 5.2L Pushrod V8, 220HP 4.7L SOHC V8, 310HP
Optional Engine 5.9L Pushrod V8, 230HP 5.7L SOHC V8, 390HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 4 Speed Automatic
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Automatic 5 Speed Automatic
Length (min) 5184mm 5779mm
Width (min) 1991mm 2017mm
Height (min) 1824mm 1877mm
Base Curb Weight (min) 1837kg 2206kg
Mileage City 14.7L/100KM 14.8L/100KM

 

 

Toyota RAV4

First Gen Toyota RAV4

First Gen Toyota RAV4

Year 1996 2009
Make Toyota Toyota
Model RAV-4 RAV-4
Engine 2.0L DOHC Inline-4, 120HP 2.5L DOHC Inline-4, 179HP
Optional Engine   3.5L DOHC V6, 269HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 4 Speed Automatic
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Automatic 5 Speed Automatic
Length 3706mm 4620mm
Width 1694mm 1815mm
Height 1661mm 1579mm
Base Curb Weight 1293kg 1582kg
Mileage City 9.8L/100KM 9.7L/100KM

 

 

Nissan Pathfinder

1996 Nissan Pathfinder

1996 Nissan Pathfinder

Year 1996 2009
Make Nissan Nissan
Model Pathfinder Pathfinder
Engine 3.3L SOHC V6, 168HP 4.0L DOHC V6, 266HP
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Automatic
Optional Transmisison 4 Speed Automatic ————————–
Length 4780mm 4884mm
Width 1839mm 1850mm
Height 1725mm 1845mm
Base Curb Weight 1769kg 2130kg
Mileage City 15.7L/100KM 14.8L/100KM

 

 

Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

Year 1996 2009
Make Honda Honda
Model Odyssey Odyssey
Engine 2.2L SOHC Inline-4, 140HP 3.5L DOHC V6, 241HP
Transmission 4 Speed Automatic 5 Speed Automatic
Length 4742mm 5105mm
Width 1793mm 1960mm
Height 1641mm 1748mm
Base Curb Weight 1565kg 1993kg
Mileage City 11.8L/100KM 13.3L/100KM

 

 

 

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