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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2010 Buick Lucerne

To start off, 2010 Buick Lucerne is newer by 36 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 3,900 cc (6 cylinders), 2010 Buick Lucerne is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2010 Buick Lucerne (227 HP @ 5700 RPM) has 174 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2010 Buick Lucerne should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2010 Buick Lucerne weights approximately 776 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, 2010 Buick Lucerne (321 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 225 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2010 Buick Lucerne will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2010 Buick Lucerne 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. 2010 Buick Lucerne will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2010 Buick Lucerne
Make Renault Buick
Model 12 Lucerne
Year Released 1974 2010
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 3900 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 53 HP 227 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 321 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Flex Fuel
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1726 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 5161 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1875 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1473 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2936 mm


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