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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2000 Mazda Protege

To start off, 2000 Mazda Protege is newer by 32 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1968 Buick Riviera. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1968 Buick Riviera would be higher. At 7,050 cc (8 cylinders), 1968 Buick Riviera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1968 Buick Riviera (305 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 205 more horse power than 2000 Mazda Protege. (100 HP @ 4000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2000 Mazda Protege. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 115 kg more than 2000 Mazda Protege. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1968 Buick Riviera 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 1968 Buick Riviera. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2000 Mazda Protege, 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, 1968 Buick Riviera (645 Nm) has 481 more torque (in Nm) than 2000 Mazda Protege. (164 Nm). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2000 Mazda Protege.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 2000 Mazda Protege
Make Buick Mazda
Model Riviera Protege
Year Released 1968 2000
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1839 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 100 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 164 Nm
Engine Bore Size 106.2 mm 83.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 99.4 mm 85.1 mm
Top Speed 193 km/hour 177 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4450 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2680 mm


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