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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2002 Ford Fiesta

To start off, 2002 Ford Fiesta is newer by 16 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 1,751 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Ford Fiesta (99 HP @ 6150 RPM) has 40 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Ford Fiesta should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Ford Fiesta weights approximately 205 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.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2002 Ford Fiesta (145 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 35 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2002 Ford Fiesta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2002 Ford Fiesta
Make Ford Ford
Model Escort Fiesta
Year Released 1986 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1560 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 99 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6150 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 145 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 79.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 81.4 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 11.0:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1115 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 3920 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1690 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2490 mm


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