1979 Ford Mustang vs. 2011 Honda CR-V

To start off, 2011 Honda CR-V is newer by 32 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Ford Mustang. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Ford Mustang would be higher. At 3,273 cc (6 cylinders), 1979 Ford Mustang is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Honda CR-V (180 HP @ 6800 RPM) has 90 more horse power than 1979 Ford Mustang. (90 HP @ 3600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Honda CR-V should accelerate faster than 1979 Ford Mustang. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2011 Honda CR-V weights approximately 336 kg more than 1979 Ford Mustang. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1979 Ford Mustang 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 1979 Ford Mustang. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2011 Honda CR-V, 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, 2011 Honda CR-V (218 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 9 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Ford Mustang. (209 Nm @ 1600 RPM). This means 2011 Honda CR-V will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Ford Mustang. 2011 Honda CR-V has automatic transmission and 1979 Ford Mustang has manual transmission. 1979 Ford Mustang will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2011 Honda CR-V will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Ford Mustang 2011 Honda CR-V
Make Ford Honda
Model Mustang CR-V
Year Released 1979 2011
Body Type Coupe SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3273 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 180 HP
Engine RPM 3600 RPM 6800 RPM
Torque 209 Nm 218 Nm
Torque RPM 1600 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1220 kg 1556 kg
Vehicle Length 4560 mm 4554 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1819 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1679 mm
Wheelbase Size 2560 mm 2619 mm


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