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2009 Nissan Qashqai vs. 1979 Nissan Laurel

To start off, 2009 Nissan Qashqai is newer by 30 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Nissan Laurel. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Nissan Laurel would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 Nissan Qashqai is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Nissan Qashqai (148 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 51 more horse power than 1979 Nissan Laurel. (97 HP @ 6000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Nissan Qashqai should accelerate faster than 1979 Nissan Laurel. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Nissan Qashqai weights approximately 380 kg more than 1979 Nissan Laurel. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1979 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 1979 Nissan Laurel. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Nissan Qashqai, 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, 2009 Nissan Qashqai (320 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 173 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Nissan Laurel. (147 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 2009 Nissan Qashqai will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Nissan Laurel.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Nissan Qashqai 1979 Nissan Laurel
Make Nissan Nissan
Model Qashqai Laurel
Year Released 2009 1979
Body Type Crossover Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 1768 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 148 HP 97 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 320 Nm 147 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3600 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1520 kg 1140 kg
Vehicle Length 4320 mm 4640 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1620 mm 1410 mm
Wheelbase Size 2640 mm 2680 mm


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