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15-Horsepower Outboards Compared

October 2, 2003
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Engine Weight Trim/ Shift and Throttle Fuel-Consumption Rank CARB Rating (four-strokes Noise at Idle Noise at 5 Knots Noise at Planing Freshwater Flush Steering-Friction Warranty List Price Contact
(pounds) Tilt Mechanism (number of positions) only; 1 to 3 stars)* (decibels) (decibels) Speed (decibels) Adjustment (years)

15-Horsepower Johnson 74 5 Separate shift lever 3 NA 78 92 99 Muffs needed Screw-on leg 2 $2,800 (847) 689-7090, www.johnson.com
Two-Stroke Engines Mercury 76 3 Combined throttle/ 2 NA 72 89 96 Muffs needed Lever on front 1 $2,100 (920) 929-5040, www.mercurymarine.com
shift on twist grip
Yamaha 86 4 Separate shift lever 1 NA 73 94 96 Muffs needed Requires a wrench 2 $2,550 (800) 889-2624, www.yamaha-motor.com

15-Horsepower Honda 107 5 Separate shift lever 2 HHH 65 81 92 Muffs needed Lever on front 3 $3,070 (770) 497-6400, www.honda-marine.com
Four-Stroke Engines Johnson 108 5; convenient Separate shift lever 6 HH 71 84 90 Hose port Requires a wrench 3 $3,350 (847) 689-7090, www.johnson.com
tilt release
Mercury 115 5 Separate shift lever 4 HH 73 83 94 Hose port Lever on front 3 $2,290 (920) 929-5040, www.mercurymarine.com
Suzuki 100 5; convenient Separate shift lever 5 HH 65 84 91 Hose port Requires a wrench 3 $2,815 (714) 572-1490, www.suzukimarine.com
tilt release
Tohatsu 117 6 Separate shift lever 1 HHH 68 86 91 Hose port Lever on front 3 $2,335 (972) 323-6003, www.tohatsu.com
Yamaha 111 4 Separate shift lever 3 HH 70 83 91 Top-mount hose port Lever on front 3 $2,790 (800) 889-2624, www.yamaha-motor.com

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