Compare 2009 Buick Lacrosse vs 2008 Nissan Maxima

2009 Buick Lacrosse
2008 Nissan Maxima
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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 CVT 3.5 SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE 19 25 $26,229 $28,630
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SL 19 25 $28,286 $30,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,486
$26,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,640
$28,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$477 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a nicely equipped American luxury sedan that comes in two very different flavors. The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 43.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.3 53.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 103.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 36.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
198.1 194.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.4 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 111.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 15.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.6 x 0.55 11.50 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.26 12.60 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.3 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.39 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
QPX - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
QPX - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3495 3591
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 8.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
102 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
720 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 4000 252 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
L26 NA
Displacement
3.8L/231 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5200 255 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 NA
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.38 1.77
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Premium Ride NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
.67 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Premium Ride NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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