2004 Honda Element vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2004 Honda Element is newer by 30 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 2,360 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Honda Element is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Honda Element (153 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 100 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Honda Element should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Honda Element weights approximately 587 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, 2004 Honda Element (220 Nm) has 124 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 2004 Honda Element will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2004 Honda Element 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. 2004 Honda Element will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.
Compare all specifications:
|2004 Honda Element||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||2360 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||153 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||6300 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||220 Nm||96 Nm|
|Vehicle Weight||1537 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4310 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1820 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1790 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2690 mm||2450 mm|