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1979 Mazda 121 vs. 1988 Mazda 626

To start off, 1988 Mazda 626 is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Mazda 121. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Mazda 121 would be higher. At 1,970 cc (4 cylinders), 1979 Mazda 121 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1979 Mazda 121 (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 1 more horse power than 1988 Mazda 626. (89 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1979 Mazda 121 should accelerate faster than 1988 Mazda 626. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1979 Mazda 121 weights approximately 12 kg more than 1988 Mazda 626. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1979 Mazda 121 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 Mazda 121. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1988 Mazda 626, 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, 1979 Mazda 121 (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 26 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Mazda 626. (134 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1979 Mazda 121 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Mazda 626.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 1988 Mazda 626
Make Mazda Mazda
Model 121 626
Year Released 1979 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 1789 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 89 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 134 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 86 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 77 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1122 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2580 mm


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