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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2008 Ford Focus

To start off, 2008 Ford Focus is newer by 22 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, 2008 Ford Focus (79 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 20 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Ford Focus should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Focus weights approximately 240 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, 2008 Ford Focus (124 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 14 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Focus will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2008 Ford Focus
Make Ford Ford
Model Escort Focus
Year Released 1986 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1387 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 79 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 124 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 76 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 76.5 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 11.0:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline - Premium
Top Speed 151 km/hour 171 km/hour
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 1150 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4300 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1490 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2620 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 55 L


 

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