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1987 Mazda 929 vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1987 Mazda 929. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1987 Mazda 929 would be higher. At 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 68 more horse power than 1987 Mazda 929. (114 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1987 Mazda 929. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 430 kg more than 1987 Mazda 929. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1987 Mazda 929 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 1987 Mazda 929. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, 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, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 49 more torque (in Nm) than 1987 Mazda 929. (184 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1987 Mazda 929. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 1987 Mazda 929 has manual transmission. 1987 Mazda 929 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1987 Mazda 929 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Mazda Buick
Model 929 LaCrosse
Year Released 1987 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2183 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 114 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 184 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1310 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4890 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2720 mm 2837 mm


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