Compare 2009 Buick Lacrosse vs 2008 Toyota Avalon

2009 Buick Lacrosse
2008 Toyota Avalon
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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 XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan XL 19 28 $24,414 $27,325
4-Door Sedan Touring 19 28 $26,423 $29,575
4-Door Sedan XLS 19 28 $27,829 $31,625
4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $30,504 $34,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,486
$24,414
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,640
$27,325
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a nicely equipped American luxury sedan that comes in two very different flavors. The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 59.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 58.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
55.3 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 106.9
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 40.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
198.1 197.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.4 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 111.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 14.4
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 11.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
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 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.3 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 36.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.39 3.22
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P215/60R16
Front Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3495 3490
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
102 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
720 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 4000 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
L26 NA
Displacement
3.8L/231 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5200 268 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.38 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.90
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.42
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.71
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Toyota Avalon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Premium Ride NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
.67 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Premium Ride NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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