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1991 Lotus Elan vs. 2001 Toyota Avensis

To start off, 2001 Toyota Avensis is newer by 10 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1991 Lotus Elan. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1991 Lotus Elan would be higher. At 1,997 cc (4 cylinders), 2001 Toyota Avensis is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1991 Lotus Elan (160 HP) has 12 more horse power than 2001 Toyota Avensis. (148 HP). In normal driving conditions, 1991 Lotus Elan should accelerate faster than 2001 Toyota Avensis. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Toyota Avensis weights approximately 463 kg more than 1991 Lotus Elan.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2001 Toyota Avensis (192 Nm) has 49 more torque (in Nm) than 1991 Lotus Elan. (143 Nm). This means 2001 Toyota Avensis will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1991 Lotus Elan. 2001 Toyota Avensis has automatic transmission and 1991 Lotus Elan has manual transmission. 1991 Lotus Elan will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2001 Toyota Avensis will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1991 Lotus Elan 2001 Toyota Avensis
Make Lotus Toyota
Model Elan Avensis
Year Released 1991 2001
Body Type Convertible Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1588 cc 1997 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 160 HP 148 HP
Torque 143 Nm 192 Nm
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 86 mm
Engine Stroke Size 79 mm 86 mm
Top Speed 196 km/hour 180 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 7 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 997 kg 1460 kg
Vehicle Length 3810 mm 4660 mm
Vehicle Width 1740 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1240 mm 1680 mm
Wheelbase Size 2260 mm 2710 mm


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