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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2008 Subaru Legacy

To start off, 2008 Subaru Legacy 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 2,456 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Subaru Legacy is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Subaru Legacy (170 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 111 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Subaru Legacy should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Subaru Legacy weights approximately 465 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 2008 Subaru Legacy is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1986 Ford Escort. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Subaru Legacy will offer significantly more control. 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 Subaru Legacy (231 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 121 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2008 Subaru Legacy will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 2008 Subaru Legacy 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. 2008 Subaru Legacy will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2008 Subaru Legacy
Make Ford Subaru
Model Escort Legacy
Year Released 1986 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 2456 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line boxer
Horse Power 59 HP 170 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 231 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4400 RPM
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1375 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4710 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2680 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 64 L


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