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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan CX
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Trim

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
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
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Trim

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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.0 56.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 43.9
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 198.1 194.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.4 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.0 15.5
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.6 x 0.55 11.50 x 0.35
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17 20.0
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.3 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.1 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code QPX - TBD -
Front Tire Size P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size Compact T145/80R17
Front Tire Order Code QPX - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 150
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 3591
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.6 8.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 720 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 102 110
Engine
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
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
Transmission
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
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.38 1.77
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Buick LaCrosse Nissan Maxima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Premium Ride NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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