1981 Ford Granada vs. 1985 Pontiac Grand Am

To start off, 1985 Pontiac Grand Am is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Ford Granada. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Ford Granada would be higher. At 2,471 cc (4 cylinders), 1985 Pontiac Grand Am is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1981 Ford Granada (112 HP @ 5300 RPM) has 22 more horse power than 1985 Pontiac Grand Am. (90 HP @ 4400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1981 Ford Granada should accelerate faster than 1985 Pontiac Grand Am. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1981 Ford Granada weights approximately 210 kg more than 1985 Pontiac Grand Am. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1981 Ford Granada 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 1981 Ford Granada. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1985 Pontiac Grand Am, 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, 1985 Pontiac Grand Am (179 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 3 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Ford Granada. (176 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1985 Pontiac Grand Am will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Ford Granada.

Compare all specifications:

1981 Ford Granada 1985 Pontiac Grand Am
Make Ford Pontiac
Model Granada Grand Am
Year Released 1981 1985
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2292 cc 2471 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 112 HP 90 HP
Engine RPM 5300 RPM 4400 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 179 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 90 mm 101.6 mm
Engine Stroke Size 60.1 mm 76.2 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1340 kg 1130 kg
Vehicle Length 4890 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1820 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2780 mm 2630 mm


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