Compare 1997 Saturn SL vs 1997 Ford Escort

1997 Saturn SL
1997 Ford Escort
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SL Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SL Manual 28 40 $9,535 $10,595
SL1 Manual 28 40 $10,435 $11,595
SL1 Automatic 27 37 $11,191 $12,435
SL2 Manual 27 37 $11,245 $12,495
SL2 Automatic 24 34 $12,001 $13,335
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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
$9,535
$10,313
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$10,595
$11,015
Monthly Payment Estimate
$177 / month
$184 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 36.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 52.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
50.7 50.2
Second Leg Room (in)
32.8 34.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91.0 87.2
Second Hip Room (in)
51.6 49.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 51.6
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
176.9 174.7
Height, Overall (in)
53.8 53.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
56.0 56.5
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 98.4
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 26.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.7 67.0
Track Width, Front (in)
56.8 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.1 12.8
Brakes
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 1.2 9.0 x 1.48
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9.9 x 0.7 10.1 x 0.87
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 12.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
24.4 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 31.5
Steering Type
Manual Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
4.0 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P175/70R14 P185/65R14
Spare Tire Size
T115/70R14 T115/70D14
Front Tire Order Code
N/A T71
Spare Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/70R14 P185/65R14
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A T71
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2321.0 2457
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
14 x 4 14 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
14 x 5 14 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
14 x 5 14 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 8.45
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
96 75
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 540
Engine
Engine Type
Gas L4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SPFI SPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 2400 125 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
N/A 99P
Displacement
1.9L/116 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
100 @ 5000 110 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.923 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.809 1.83
Trans Order Code
N/A 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.060 3.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.810 0.91
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Trans, Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.250 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
8.27 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.172 1.23
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.605 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/4th & 5th OD NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saturn SL Ford Escort
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.0 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Quadralink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
28 30
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
28 32

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