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2003 Ford Mustang vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2003 Ford Mustang is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Acura CL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Acura CL would be higher. At 4,599 cc (8 cylinders), 2003 Ford Mustang is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Ford Mustang (400 HP @ 5750 RPM) has 140 more horse power than 2002 Acura CL. (260 HP @ 6900 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Ford Mustang should accelerate faster than 2002 Acura CL. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Acura CL weights approximately 100 kg more than 2003 Ford Mustang.

Because 2003 Ford Mustang 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 2003 Ford Mustang. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL, 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, 2003 Ford Mustang (556 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 241 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Acura CL. (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2003 Ford Mustang will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Acura CL. 2002 Acura CL has automatic transmission and 2003 Ford Mustang has manual transmission. 2003 Ford Mustang will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Acura CL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Ford Mustang 2002 Acura CL
Make Ford Acura
Model Mustang CL
Year Released 2003 2002
Body Type Convertible Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4599 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 400 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 5750 RPM 6900 RPM
Torque 556 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 90.2 mm 89 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 86 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.5:1 9.8:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1480 kg 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 4660 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 68 L 65 L


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