Compare 2012 Buick Lacrosse vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Buick Lacrosse
2012 Nissan Maxima
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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 V6 CVT 3.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S w/Limited Edition Pkg 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,963
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,170
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$540 / 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 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
40.5 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 36.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.7 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
196.9 190.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 14.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.9 12.1 x 0.6
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)
12.6 x 1.2 12.6 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.7 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 15.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
RAF NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
RAF NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50R17 P245/45VR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
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)
3829 3540
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 130
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LUK NA
Displacement
2.4/145 3.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 26
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 1.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 NA
Trans Order Code
MHH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 8.5
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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