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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2005 Toyota Tacoma

To start off, 2005 Toyota Tacoma is newer by 19 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 2,688 cc (4 cylinders), 2005 Toyota Tacoma is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Toyota Tacoma (165 HP @ 3400 RPM) has 117 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (48 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Toyota Tacoma should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Toyota Tacoma weights approximately 731 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 2005 Toyota Tacoma 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 2005 Toyota Tacoma. 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, 2005 Toyota Tacoma (248 Nm) has 165 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (83 Nm). This means 2005 Toyota Tacoma will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 2005 Toyota Tacoma 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. 2005 Toyota Tacoma will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2005 Toyota Tacoma
Make Ford Toyota
Model Escort Tacoma
Year Released 1986 2005
Body Type Hatchback Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1115 cc 2688 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 48 HP 165 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 3400 RPM
Torque 83 Nm 248 Nm
Engine Bore Size 74 mm 95 mm
Engine Stroke Size 65 mm 95 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.6:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 825 kg 1556 kg
Vehicle Length 4030 mm 5290 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1840 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1680 mm
Wheelbase Size 2410 mm 3240 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 48 L 79 L


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