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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1976 Toyota Corolla

To start off, 1976 Toyota Corolla is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Renault 12. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Renault 12 would be higher. At 1,289 cc (4 cylinders), 1974 Renault 12 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1976 Toyota Corolla (62 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 9 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1976 Toyota Corolla should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 130 kg more than 1976 Toyota Corolla.

Because 1976 Toyota Corolla 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 1976 Toyota Corolla. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12, 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, 1974 Renault 12 (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 2 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Toyota Corolla. (94 Nm @ 4200 RPM). This means 1974 Renault 12 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Toyota Corolla.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1976 Toyota Corolla
Make Renault Toyota
Model 12 Corolla
Year Released 1974 1976
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1166 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 62 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6600 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 94 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 820 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4010 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1510 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2340 mm


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