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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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.0 15.5
Brakes
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
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
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
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 -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3495 3591
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5200 255 @ 6000
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 25
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA 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
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Buick LaCrosse Nissan Maxima
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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