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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1981 Ford Granada

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Ford Granada. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Ford Granada would be higher. At 1,993 cc (4 cylinders), 1981 Ford Granada is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1981 Ford Granada (99 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 40 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1981 Ford Granada should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1981 Ford Granada weights approximately 325 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 1981 Ford Granada 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 1981 Ford Granada. 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, 1981 Ford Granada (151 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 41 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1981 Ford Granada will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1981 Ford Granada
Make Ford Ford
Model Escort Granada
Year Released 1986 1981
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1993 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 99 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 151 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3800 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1235 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4780 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1810 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2780 mm


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