1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass vs. 2004 Dodge Dakota

To start off, 2004 Dodge Dakota is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass would be higher. At 3,701 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 Dodge Dakota is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Dodge Dakota (209 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 50 more horse power than 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass. (159 HP @ 6200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Dodge Dakota should accelerate faster than 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Dodge Dakota weights approximately 511 kg more than 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2004 Dodge Dakota 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 2004 Dodge Dakota. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 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, 2004 Dodge Dakota (319 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 116 more torque (in Nm) than 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass. (203 Nm @ 5200 RPM). This means 2004 Dodge Dakota will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Compare all specifications:

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass 2004 Dodge Dakota
Make Oldsmobile Dodge
Model Cutlass Dakota
Year Released 1989 2004
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2260 cc 3701 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 159 HP 209 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 203 Nm 319 Nm
Torque RPM 5200 RPM 3600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Vehicle Weight 1445 kg 1956 kg
Vehicle Length 4930 mm 5560 mm
Vehicle Width 1810 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1750 mm
Wheelbase Size 2740 mm 3340 mm


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