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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1978 Pontiac Lemans

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Pontiac Lemans. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Pontiac Lemans would be higher. At 3,790 cc (6 cylinders), 1978 Pontiac Lemans is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1978 Pontiac Lemans weights approximately 554 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort.

Because 1978 Pontiac Lemans 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 1978 Pontiac Lemans. 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. 1978 Pontiac Lemans has automatic transmission and 1986 Ford Escort has manual transmission. 1986 Ford Escort will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1978 Pontiac Lemans will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1978 Pontiac Lemans
Make Ford Pontiac
Model Escort Lemans
Year Released 1986 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 3790 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1464 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 5050 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2760 mm


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