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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2004 Honda Accord

To start off, 2004 Honda Accord is newer by 14 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1990 BMW 316. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1990 BMW 316 would be higher. At 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Honda Accord is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Honda Accord (160 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 60 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Honda Accord should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Honda Accord weights approximately 303 kg more than 1990 BMW 316. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1990 BMW 316 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 1990 BMW 316. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2004 Honda Accord, 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, 2004 Honda Accord (192 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 51 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2004 Honda Accord will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 2004 Honda Accord has automatic transmission and 1990 BMW 316 has manual transmission. 1990 BMW 316 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2004 Honda Accord will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2004 Honda Accord
Make BMW Honda
Model 316 Accord
Year Released 1990 2004
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 160 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 192 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 11.1:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1383 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4670 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2630 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 65 L


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