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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2008 Mazda 3

To start off, 2008 Mazda 3 is newer by 22 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 2,261 cc, 2008 Mazda 3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Mazda 3 (257 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 198 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Mazda 3 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort.

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, 2008 Mazda 3 (380 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 270 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2008 Mazda 3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2008 Mazda 3
Make Ford Mazda
Model Escort 3
Year Released 1986 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 2261 cc
Horse Power 59 HP 257 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 380 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 87.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 94 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Top Speed 151 km/hour 250 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4680 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2650 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 55 L


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