Compare 2012 Buick Lacrosse vs 2012 Lexus ES 350

2012 Buick Lacrosse
2012 Lexus ES 350
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4-Door Sedan FWD Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD Base 25 36 $28,963 $30,170
4-Door Sedan FWD Convenience 25 36 $29,990 $31,240
4-Door Sedan FWD Leather 25 36 $31,396 $32,705
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium 1 25 36 $32,112 $33,450
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium 2 17 27 $33,470 $34,865
4-Door Sedan AWD Leather 16 26 $33,475 $34,870
4-Door Sedan AWD Premium 1 16 26 $34,190 $35,615
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium 3 17 27 $34,833 $36,285
4-Door Sedan AWD Premium 2 16 26 $35,558 $37,040
4-Door Sedan FWD Touring 17 27 $37,267 $38,820
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 28 $34,400 $36,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,963
$34,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,170
$36,725
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$612 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget. The 2012 Lexus ES 350 is a great pick for those who want a lavish interior and the latest in-car tech, but place a priority on comfort over cornering performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
40.5 35.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 37.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 95.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 36.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
111.7 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
196.9 191.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 14.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.9 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.2 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.7 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RAF NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R17 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
RAF NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50R17 P215/55R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3829 3605
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 268 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
LUK NA
Displacement
2.4/145 3.5L/210
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 4.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 1.90
Trans Order Code
MHH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Lexus ES 350
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Dual-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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