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1985 Dodge Conquest vs. 2009 Dodge Nitro

To start off, 2009 Dodge Nitro is newer by 24 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1985 Dodge Conquest. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1985 Dodge Conquest would be higher. At 2,778 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 Dodge Nitro is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Dodge Nitro (175 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 32 more horse power than 1985 Dodge Conquest. (143 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Nitro should accelerate faster than 1985 Dodge Conquest. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Dodge Nitro weights approximately 411 kg more than 1985 Dodge Conquest. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2009 Dodge Nitro is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1985 Dodge Conquest. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Nitro will offer significantly more control. 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, 2009 Dodge Nitro (410 Nm @ 2600 RPM) has 159 more torque (in Nm) than 1985 Dodge Conquest. (251 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2009 Dodge Nitro will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1985 Dodge Conquest. 2009 Dodge Nitro has automatic transmission and 1985 Dodge Conquest has manual transmission. 1985 Dodge Conquest will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Dodge Nitro will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1985 Dodge Conquest 2009 Dodge Nitro
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Conquest Nitro
Year Released 1985 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2555 cc 2778 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 143 HP 175 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 251 Nm 410 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 2600 RPM
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1280 kg 1691 kg
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1780 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2770 mm


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