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1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2006 Mazda 5

To start off, 2006 Mazda 5 is newer by 27 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 2,262 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Mazda 5 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Mazda 5 (157 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 67 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Mazda 5 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121.

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, 2006 Mazda 5, 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, 2006 Mazda 5 (201 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 41 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2006 Mazda 5 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Mazda 121.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 2006 Mazda 5
Make Mazda Mazda
Model 121 5
Year Released 1979 2006
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 2262 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 157 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 201 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 87.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 94 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 9.7:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 6 seats
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4620 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1640 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2760 mm


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