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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2006 Ford Ranger

To start off, 2006 Ford Ranger is newer by 20 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 2,498 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Ford Ranger is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Ford Ranger (108 HP @ 3500 RPM) has 49 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Ford Ranger should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Ford Ranger weights approximately 805 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 2006 Ford Ranger 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 2006 Ford Ranger. 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, 2006 Ford Ranger (257 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 147 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2006 Ford Ranger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2006 Ford Ranger
Make Ford Ford
Model Escort Ranger
Year Released 1986 2006
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 2498 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 108 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 3500 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 257 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 19.8:1
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1715 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4670 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2990 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 80 L


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