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1976 Dodge Aspen vs. 2008 Ford Explorer

To start off, 2008 Ford Explorer is newer by 32 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Dodge Aspen. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Dodge Aspen would be higher. At 4,013 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Ford Explorer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Ford Explorer (210 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 110 more horse power than 1976 Dodge Aspen. (100 HP @ 3600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Ford Explorer should accelerate faster than 1976 Dodge Aspen. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Explorer weights approximately 592 kg more than 1976 Dodge Aspen. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2008 Ford Explorer (344 Nm @ 3700 RPM) has 113 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Dodge Aspen. (231 Nm @ 1600 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Explorer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Dodge Aspen.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Dodge Aspen 2008 Ford Explorer
Make Dodge Ford
Model Aspen Explorer
Year Released 1976 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3687 cc 4013 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 100 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 3600 RPM 5100 RPM
Torque 231 Nm 344 Nm
Torque RPM 1600 RPM 3700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1485 kg 2077 kg
Vehicle Length 5200 mm 5350 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1880 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1850 mm
Wheelbase Size 2870 mm 3320 mm


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