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1995 Mazda MX-3 vs. 1996 Mazda RX-7

To start off, 1996 Mazda RX-7 is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1995 Mazda MX-3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1995 Mazda MX-3 would be higher. At 2,616 cc, 1996 Mazda RX-7 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Mazda RX-7 (238 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 132 more horse power than 1995 Mazda MX-3. (106 HP @ 6200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Mazda RX-7 should accelerate faster than 1995 Mazda MX-3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Mazda RX-7 weights approximately 251 kg more than 1995 Mazda MX-3. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1996 Mazda RX-7 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 1996 Mazda RX-7. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1995 Mazda MX-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, 1996 Mazda RX-7 (296 Nm @ 5000 RPM) has 162 more torque (in Nm) than 1995 Mazda MX-3. (134 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 1996 Mazda RX-7 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1995 Mazda MX-3.

Compare all specifications:

1995 Mazda MX-3 1996 Mazda RX-7
Make Mazda Mazda
Model MX-3 RX-7
Year Released 1995 1996
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1598 cc 2616 cc
Engine Type in-line dual-disk rotary
Horse Power 106 HP 238 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 134 Nm 296 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 5000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1059 kg 1310 kg
Vehicle Length 4230 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1240 mm
Wheelbase Size 2460 mm 2430 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L 55 L


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