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2005 Nissan Micra vs. 1989 Nissan Laurel

To start off, 2005 Nissan Micra is newer by 16 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1989 Nissan Laurel. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1989 Nissan Laurel would be higher. At 1,997 cc (6 cylinders), 1989 Nissan Laurel is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1989 Nissan Laurel (123 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 35 more horse power than 2005 Nissan Micra. (88 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1989 Nissan Laurel should accelerate faster than 2005 Nissan Micra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1989 Nissan Laurel weights approximately 183 kg more than 2005 Nissan Micra. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1989 Nissan Laurel 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 1989 Nissan Laurel. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 Nissan Micra, 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, 1989 Nissan Laurel (171 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 43 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Nissan Micra. (128 Nm @ 3200 RPM). This means 1989 Nissan Laurel will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Nissan Micra.

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2005 Nissan Micra 1989 Nissan Laurel
Make Nissan Nissan
Model Micra Laurel
Year Released 2005 1989
Body Type Hatchback Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1386 cc 1997 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 88 HP 123 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 128 Nm 171 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1047 kg 1230 kg
Vehicle Length 3720 mm 4700 mm
Vehicle Width 1670 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1550 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2440 mm 2680 mm


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