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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2006 Saturn ION

To start off, 2006 Saturn ION is newer by 32 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 2,195 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Saturn ION is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Saturn ION (140 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 87 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Saturn ION should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Saturn ION weights approximately 494 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.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2006 Saturn ION (197 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 101 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2006 Saturn ION will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2006 Saturn ION has automatic transmission and 1974 Renault 12 has manual transmission. 1974 Renault 12 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2006 Saturn ION will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2006 Saturn ION
Make Renault Saturn
Model 12 ION
Year Released 1974 2006
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2195 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 140 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 197 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1444 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4710 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2630 mm


 

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