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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1994 Pontiac Firebird

To start off, 1994 Pontiac Firebird is newer by 8 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 5,733 cc (8 cylinders), 1994 Pontiac Firebird is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1994 Pontiac Firebird (275 HP) has 216 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1994 Pontiac Firebird should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1994 Pontiac Firebird weights approximately 500 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 1994 Pontiac Firebird 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 1994 Pontiac Firebird. 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.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1994 Pontiac Firebird
Make Ford Pontiac
Model Escort Firebird
Year Released 1986 1994
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 5733 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 275 HP
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1410 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4790 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1280 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2570 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 59 L


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