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2002 Acura CL vs. 2012 Nissan Frontier

To start off, 2012 Nissan Frontier is newer by 10 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Acura CL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Acura CL would be higher. At 3,210 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 Acura CL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) has 108 more horse power than 2012 Nissan Frontier. (152 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 2012 Nissan Frontier. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Nissan Frontier weights approximately 113 kg more than 2002 Acura CL.

Because 2012 Nissan Frontier 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 2012 Nissan Frontier. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL, 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, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 83 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Nissan Frontier. (232 Nm @ 4400 RPM). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Nissan Frontier. 2002 Acura CL has automatic transmission and 2012 Nissan Frontier has manual transmission. 2012 Nissan Frontier will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Acura CL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Acura CL 2012 Nissan Frontier
Make Acura Nissan
Model CL Frontier
Year Released 2002 2012
Body Type Coupe Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3210 cc 2488 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 260 HP 152 HP
Engine RPM 6900 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 232 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 4400 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.8:1 9.8:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1580 kg 1693 kg
Vehicle Length 4880 mm 5230 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1780 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 3200 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L 80 L


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