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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2009 Honda Civic

To start off, 2009 Honda Civic is newer by 41 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 167 more horse power than 2009 Honda Civic. (138 HP @ 4200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2009 Honda Civic. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 771 kg more than 2009 Honda Civic. 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, 2009 Honda Civic, 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 @ 3200 RPM) has 471 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Honda Civic. (174 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Honda Civic. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 2009 Honda Civic has manual transmission. 2009 Honda Civic will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1968 Buick Riviera will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 2009 Honda Civic
Make Buick Honda
Model Riviera Civic
Year Released 1968 2009
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1798 cc
Horse Power 305 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 174 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 106.2 mm 81 mm
Engine Stroke Size 99.4 mm 87.3 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1129 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2710 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 50 L


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