Compare 1997 Volkswagen Passat vs 1997 Ford Thunderbird

1997 Volkswagen Passat
1997 Ford Thunderbird
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4-Door Sedan Manual TDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual TDI 38 47 $17,498 $19,430
4-Door Wagon Manual TDI 38 47 $17,882 $19,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLX 18 25 $19,694 $21,890
4-Door Sedan Manual GLX 19 26 $19,694 $21,890
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLX 18 25 $20,078 $22,320
4-Door Wagon Manual GLX 19 26 $20,078 $22,320
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2-Door Coupe LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe LX 18 26 $16,318 $17,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,498
$16,318
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,430
$17,885
Monthly Payment Estimate
$324 / month
$298 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
38 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
47 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
-TBD- 56.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 59.1
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
45.1 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
-TBD- 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.7 101.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.4 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.4 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 200.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 52.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
56.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 113.0
Liftover Height (in)
-TBD- 24.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.5 73.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 15.1
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8.9 x -TBD- 10.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x 0.79 10.8 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 36.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
-TBD- - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T37
Front Tire Size
P195/60R14 P215/70R15
Spare Tire Size
-TBD- T125/90R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA T37
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R14 P215/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3009 3506
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
-TBD- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
14 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
-TBD- 15 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
14 x 6 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.4 12.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
-TBD- 540
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
90 @ 3750 145 @ 4000
Engine Type
Diesel I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
TDI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
149 @ 1900 215 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA 994
Displacement
1.9L/116 3.8L/232
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
38 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
47 26
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 2.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.56
Trans Order Code
NA 44L
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.75 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
-TBD- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe LX
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Ford Thunderbird
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
-TBD- 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 1.06
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent H-arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
-TBD- 30.2
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Short Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 0.94
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs

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