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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1986 Toyota Corolla

To start off, 1986 Toyota Corolla is newer by 12 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 1,587 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Toyota Corolla is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1986 Toyota Corolla (123 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 70 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1986 Toyota Corolla should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1986 Toyota Corolla weights approximately 40 kg more than 1974 Renault 12. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1986 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 1986 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, 1986 Toyota Corolla (142 Nm @ 5200 RPM) has 46 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1986 Toyota Corolla will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1986 Toyota Corolla
Make Renault Toyota
Model 12 Corolla
Year Released 1974 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1587 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 123 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6600 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 142 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 5200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 990 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4190 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1630 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2410 mm


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