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2009 Dodge Dakota vs. 1988 Dodge Colt

To start off, 2009 Dodge Dakota is newer by 21 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Dodge Colt. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Dodge Colt would be higher. At 3,701 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Dodge Dakota is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Dodge Dakota (211 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 130 more horse power than 1988 Dodge Colt. (81 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Dakota should accelerate faster than 1988 Dodge Colt. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Dodge Dakota weights approximately 696 kg more than 1988 Dodge Colt. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2009 Dodge Dakota is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1988 Dodge Colt. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Dakota 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, 2009 Dodge Dakota (319 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 196 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Dodge Colt. (123 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2009 Dodge Dakota will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Dodge Colt.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Dodge Dakota 1988 Dodge Colt
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Dakota Colt
Year Released 2009 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3701 cc 1467 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 211 HP 81 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 319 Nm 123 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Front
Vehicle Weight 1691 kg 995 kg
Vehicle Length 5560 mm 4040 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1680 mm
Vehicle Height 1750 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 3340 mm 2400 mm


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