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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2008 Toyota Highlander

To start off, 2008 Toyota Highlander 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 3,545 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Toyota Highlander is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Toyota Highlander (270 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 211 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Toyota Highlander should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Toyota Highlander weights approximately 420 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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander (336 Nm @ 4700 RPM) has 226 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2008 Toyota Highlander will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 2008 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2008 Toyota Highlander
Make Ford Toyota
Model Escort Highlander
Year Released 1986 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 3545 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 270 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 336 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4700 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 10.8:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 7 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1330 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4790 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1920 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1770 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2800 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 73 L


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