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1973 Chrysler Charger vs. 1986 Ford Escort

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 13 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Chrysler Charger. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Chrysler Charger would be higher. At 3,523 cc (6 cylinders), 1973 Chrysler Charger is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1973 Chrysler Charger (138 HP @ 4400 RPM) has 79 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1973 Chrysler Charger should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1973 Chrysler Charger weights approximately 450 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1973 Chrysler Charger is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1973 Chrysler Charger. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 1973 Chrysler Charger (272 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 162 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1973 Chrysler Charger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1973 Chrysler Charger 1986 Ford Escort
Make Chrysler Ford
Model Charger Escort
Year Released 1973 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3523 cc 1751 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 138 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 272 Nm 110 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1360 kg 910 kg
Vehicle Length 4570 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1890 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2680 mm 2520 mm


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