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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1997 Toyota Corolla

To start off, 1997 Toyota Corolla is newer by 11 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Ford Escort would be higher. At 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 1997 Toyota Corolla is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Toyota Corolla (71 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 12 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1997 Toyota Corolla should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 Toyota Corolla weights approximately 335 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.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear 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, 1997 Toyota Corolla (138 Nm @ 2600 RPM) has 28 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1997 Toyota Corolla will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1997 Toyota Corolla
Make Ford Toyota
Model Escort Corolla
Year Released 1986 1997
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 71 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 4600 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 138 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 2600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 86.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 85 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 23.0:1
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Drive Type Front Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1245 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4110 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2470 mm


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