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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1997 Lexus GS

To start off, 1997 Lexus GS is newer by 11 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 2,997 cc (6 cylinders), 1997 Lexus GS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Lexus GS (205 HP @ 5800 RPM) has 146 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1997 Lexus GS should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 Lexus GS weights approximately 812 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 1997 Lexus GS 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 1997 Lexus GS. 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, 1997 Lexus GS (275 Nm @ 4800 RPM) has 165 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1997 Lexus GS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 1997 Lexus GS 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. 1997 Lexus GS will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1997 Lexus GS
Make Ford Lexus
Model Escort GS
Year Released 1986 1997
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 2997 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 205 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 275 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4800 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1722 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4970 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2810 mm


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