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1990 Mercury Tracer vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1990 Mercury Tracer. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1990 Mercury Tracer would be higher. At 3,210 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 Acura CL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) has 172 more horse power than 1990 Mercury Tracer. (88 HP @ 4400 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 1990 Mercury Tracer. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Acura CL weights approximately 530 kg more than 1990 Mercury Tracer. 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, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 169 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 Mercury Tracer. (146 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 Mercury Tracer.

Compare all specifications:

1990 Mercury Tracer 2002 Acura CL
Make Mercury Acura
Model Tracer CL
Year Released 1990 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1859 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 88 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 6900 RPM
Torque 146 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 3800 RPM 3500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Vehicle Weight 1050 kg 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 4350 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2510 mm 2580 mm


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