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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 1,999 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Mazda 5 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Mazda 5 (143 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 53 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. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Mazda 5 weights approximately 341 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, 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 (185 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 25 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 1999 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 143 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 185 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 87.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 83.1 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 10.8:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1475 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4510 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1620 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2760 mm


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