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2002 Honda Accord vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2002 Honda Accord is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Renault 12. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Renault 12 would be higher. At 2,354 cc (4 cylinders), 2002 Honda Accord is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Honda Accord (159 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 106 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Honda Accord should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Honda Accord weights approximately 442 kg more than 1974 Renault 12. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

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, 2002 Honda Accord (217 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 121 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2002 Honda Accord will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2002 Honda Accord has automatic transmission and 1974 Renault 12 has manual transmission. 1974 Renault 12 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Honda Accord will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Honda Accord 1974 Renault 12
Make Honda Renault
Model Accord 12
Year Released 2002 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2354 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 159 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 217 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 4500 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1392 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4770 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1820 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2450 mm


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