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1976 Ford Taunus vs. 2012 Kia Rio

To start off, 2012 Kia Rio is newer by 36 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Ford Taunus. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Ford Taunus would be higher. At 1,993 cc (6 cylinders), 1976 Ford Taunus is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Kia Rio (138 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 49 more horse power than 1976 Ford Taunus. (89 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Kia Rio should accelerate faster than 1976 Ford Taunus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1976 Ford Taunus weights approximately 22 kg more than 2012 Kia Rio.

Because 1976 Ford Taunus 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 Ford Taunus. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Kia Rio, 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, 2012 Kia Rio (167 Nm @ 4850 RPM) has 18 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Ford Taunus. (149 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Kia Rio will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Ford Taunus. 2012 Kia Rio has automatic transmission and 1976 Ford Taunus has manual transmission. 1976 Ford Taunus will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Kia Rio will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Ford Taunus 2012 Kia Rio
Make Ford Kia
Model Taunus Rio
Year Released 1976 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1993 cc 1600 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 149 Nm 167 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4850 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1115 kg 1093 kg
Vehicle Length 4450 mm 4046 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1455 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2570 mm


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