1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2011 Chevrolet Matiz

To start off, 2011 Chevrolet Matiz is newer by 32 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 24 more horse power than 2011 Chevrolet Matiz. (66 HP @ 4200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1979 Mazda 121 should accelerate faster than 2011 Chevrolet Matiz. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1979 Mazda 121 weights approximately 204 kg more than 2011 Chevrolet Matiz. 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, 2011 Chevrolet Matiz, 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 69 more torque (in Nm) than 2011 Chevrolet Matiz. (91 Nm @ 4200 RPM). This means 1979 Mazda 121 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2011 Chevrolet Matiz.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 2011 Chevrolet Matiz
Make Mazda Chevrolet
Model 121 Matiz
Year Released 1979 2011
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 66 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 91 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4200 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 9.3:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 930 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 3500 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1500 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1520 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2350 mm


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