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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 2001 Nissan Altima

To start off, 2001 Nissan Altima is newer by 46 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Austin A 55. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Austin A 55 would be higher. At 2,389 cc (4 cylinders), 2001 Nissan Altima is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Nissan Altima (150 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 99 more horse power than 1955 Austin A 55. (51 HP @ 4250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2001 Nissan Altima should accelerate faster than 1955 Austin A 55. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Nissan Altima weights approximately 247 kg more than 1955 Austin A 55. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1955 Austin A 55 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1955 Austin A 55. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2001 Nissan Altima, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 2001 Nissan Altima (213 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 103 more torque (in Nm) than 1955 Austin A 55. (110 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2001 Nissan Altima will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1955 Austin A 55. 2001 Nissan Altima has automatic transmission and 1955 Austin A 55 has manual transmission. 1955 Austin A 55 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2001 Nissan Altima will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1955 Austin A 55 2001 Nissan Altima
Make Austin Nissan
Model A 55 Altima
Year Released 1955 2001
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 2389 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 51 HP 150 HP
Engine RPM 4250 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 213 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 1302 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 4870 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 2630 mm


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