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1979 Mazda 121 vs. 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass

To start off, 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass is newer by 11 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 2,260 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass (158 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 68 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass weights approximately 311 kg more than 1979 Mazda 121. 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, 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 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, 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass (203 Nm @ 5200 RPM) has 43 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Mazda 121.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Make Mazda Oldsmobile
Model 121 Cutlass
Year Released 1979 1990
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 2260 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 158 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 203 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 5200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1445 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4930 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1810 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2740 mm


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