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2009 Chrysler 300 vs. 1986 Ford Escort

To start off, 2009 Chrysler 300 is newer by 23 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 2,986 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Chrysler 300 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Chrysler 300 (215 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 156 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Chrysler 300 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Chrysler 300 weights approximately 1049 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 2009 Chrysler 300 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 2009 Chrysler 300. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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, 2009 Chrysler 300 (510 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 400 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2009 Chrysler 300 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 2009 Chrysler 300 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. 2009 Chrysler 300 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Chrysler 300 1986 Ford Escort
Make Chrysler Ford
Model 300 Escort
Year Released 2009 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2986 cc 1751 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 215 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 3800 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 510 Nm 110 Nm
Torque RPM 1600 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 83 mm 82.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 92 mm 82 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 18.0:1 21.5:1
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Top Speed 228 km/hour 151 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1959 kg 910 kg
Vehicle Length 5010 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1890 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1490 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 3050 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 72 L 45 L


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