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2007 Honda Civic vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2007 Honda Civic is newer by 33 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 1,799 cc (4 cylinders), 2007 Honda Civic is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Honda Civic (140 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 87 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2007 Honda Civic should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2007 Honda Civic weights approximately 568 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.

Because 2007 Honda Civic is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1974 Renault 12. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2007 Honda Civic will offer significantly more control. 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, 2007 Honda Civic (174 Nm @ 4300 RPM) has 78 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2007 Honda Civic will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2007 Honda Civic 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. 2007 Honda Civic will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2007 Honda Civic 1974 Renault 12
Make Honda Renault
Model Civic 12
Year Released 2007 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1799 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 140 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 174 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 4300 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1518 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2450 mm


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