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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1981 Mitsubishi Minica

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Mitsubishi Minica. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Mitsubishi Minica would be higher. At 1,751 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1986 Ford Escort (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 30 more horse power than 1981 Mitsubishi Minica. (29 HP @ 6000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort should accelerate faster than 1981 Mitsubishi Minica. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1986 Ford Escort weights approximately 345 kg more than 1981 Mitsubishi Minica. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1981 Mitsubishi Minica 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 Mitsubishi Minica. 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, 1986 Ford Escort (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 70 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Mitsubishi Minica. (40 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1986 Ford Escort will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Mitsubishi Minica.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1981 Mitsubishi Minica
Make Ford Mitsubishi
Model Escort Minica
Year Released 1986 1981
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 546 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 2 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 29 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 40 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 565 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 3200 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1410 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2060 mm


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