Well, this is something to see. What you are about to watch is a Pinto vs Vega wagon on Car and Track in vintage tv style. This comparison test is either the funniest thing you have ever seen or the saddest thing you have ever seen. Seriously. These cars were awful and there was legitimately no way to hide how bad they actually were. 0-60 times were beyond glacial. We’re talking about more than 16-seconds to achieve 60mph. The 50-70 acceleration times are nearly that bad. Braking was marginal, handling at least for the Vega was freaking terrible and we all know what happened with the exploding Pinto, don’t we?
When the kids of today wonder why there are so many foreign cars on America’s roads we can cite this video of but one example. Not only were these things slow and marginally performing, they were also horribly unreliable and in many ways dangerous.
We have to give credit for the show on one important point. These cars were insanely well matched from a comparison standpoint. Outside of the wagon aspect of the Vega they nailed an even price, an even displacement, similar transmissions, and even horsepower. It is a pretty legit head to head test of the two cars, as horrible as they may be.
God bless all of you who lived through this crap in the 1970s. It makes my 1980s childhood seem high performance in comparison.