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 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
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 59.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 14.4
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17 18.5
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.3 16.0
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3495 3490
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
Transmission
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.38 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.90
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Toyota Avalon
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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