Compare 2009 Buick Lacrosse vs 2008 Ford Taurus

2009 Buick Lacrosse
2008 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan CX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CX 17 28 $24,486 $25,640
4-Door Sedan CXL 17 28 $26,749 $28,010
4-Door Sedan Super 16 24 $32,283 $33,805
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4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,486
$21,801
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,640
$23,635
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$394 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a nicely equipped American luxury sedan that comes in two very different flavors. A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 41.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
55.3 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 108.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 74.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
198.1 201.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.4 61.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 112.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 21.2
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.26 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.6 x 0.55 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17 20.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.39 3.15
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.3 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3495 3741
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
720 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
102 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.8L/231 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5200 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 4000 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
L26 99W
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.38 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 2.87
Trans Order Code
MX0 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 4.48
Summary
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Ford Taurus
Body Style
4 Door Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
.67 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Premium Ride MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Premium Ride Coil over shock
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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