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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1969 Volvo 120

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 17 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1969 Volvo 120. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1969 Volvo 120 would be higher. At 1,986 cc (4 cylinders), 1969 Volvo 120 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1969 Volvo 120 (81 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 22 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1969 Volvo 120 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1969 Volvo 120 weights approximately 120 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.

Because 1969 Volvo 120 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 1969 Volvo 120. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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, 1969 Volvo 120 (158 Nm @ 2300 RPM) has 48 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1969 Volvo 120 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1969 Volvo 120
Make Ford Volvo
Model Escort 120
Year Released 1986 1969
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1986 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 81 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 158 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 2300 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 88.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 80 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1030 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1620 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2610 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 45 L


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