Compare 1997 Dodge Neon vs 1997 Ford Escort

1997 Dodge Neon
1997 Ford Escort
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2-Door Coupe Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Base 29 39 $10,131 $10,800
2-Door Coupe Base Competition 29 39 $10,131 $10,800
4-Door Sedan Base 29 39 $10,315 $11,000
4-Door Sedan Base Competition 29 39 $10,315 $11,000
2-Door Coupe Highline 29 39 $11,418 $12,470
4-Door Sedan Highline 29 39 $11,598 $12,670
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 28 37 $10,313 $11,015
4-Door Sedan LX 28 37 $11,024 $11,795
4-Door Wagon LX 28 37 $11,669 $12,505
Pricing
Invoice Price
$10,131
$10,313
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$10,800
$11,015
Monthly Payment Estimate
$180 / month
$184 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
39 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 49.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.0 51.6
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 36.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 52.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
50.3 50.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 34.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91.2 87.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 56.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
171.8 174.7
Height, Overall (in)
54.9 53.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.4 56.5
Wheelbase (in)
104.0 98.4
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 26.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.5 67.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 12.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.0 x 0.8 10.1 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x 1.5 9.0 x 1.48
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.5 12.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.0 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 31.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T71
Front Tire Size
P175/70R14 P185/65R14
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D14 T115/70D14
Front Tire Order Code
NA T71
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/70R14 P185/65R14
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2441 2457
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
14 x 5.5 14 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
14 x 4.0 14 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
14 x 5.5 14 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 8.45
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
450 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
83 75
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
131 @ 6000 110 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 5000 125 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
ECB 99P
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
39 37
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.13 1.83
Trans Order Code
DD5 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.91
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
8.5 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.23
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Neon Ford Escort
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Base 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
Chapman Strut Quadralink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32 30
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

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