1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2009 Mazda 3

To start off, 2009 Mazda 3 is newer by 30 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, 2009 Mazda 3 (104 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 14 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Mazda 3 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1979 Mazda 121 weights approximately 6 kg more than 2009 Mazda 3.

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, 2009 Mazda 3, 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 15 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Mazda 3. (145 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1979 Mazda 121 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Mazda 3.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 2009 Mazda 3
Make Mazda Mazda
Model 121 3
Year Released 1979 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 1598 cc
Horse Power 90 HP 104 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 145 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 78 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 83.6 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 10.0:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1128 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1700 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2650 mm


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