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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS Retail
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS Retail 18 30 $24,729 $25,760
4-Door Sedan LT Retail 18 30 $26,193 $27,285
4-Door Sedan LTZ 18 30 $29,088 $30,300
4-Door Sedan Base FWD
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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 FWD Premium 3 17 27 $34,833 $36,285
4-Door Sedan FWD Touring 17 27 $37,267 $38,820
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 AWD Premium 2 16 26 $35,558 $37,040
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,729
$28,963
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,760
$30,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$429 / month
$503 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Impala has a dated design and lacks excitement, but a stronger, smoother powertrain should make its simple layout and excellent interior space more palatable. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.5 100.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.6 56.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 56.4 55.2
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 40.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 38.0
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 53.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 200.4 196.9
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 59.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.5 62.0
Wheelbase (in) 110.5 111.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.9 73.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 61.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 18.6 10.8
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) 10.94 x 0.43 12.4 x 0.9
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) 11.93 x 1.18 12.6 x 1.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.0 15.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.3 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.0 38.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.4 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/60R16 P235/50R17
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code QPX RAF
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/60R16 P235/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code QPX RAF
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3555 3829
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 125 120
Engine
Displacement 3.6L/217 2.4/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 300 @ 6500 182 @ 6700
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 262 @ 5300 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code LFX LUK
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.80 1.91
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.90 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.90 2.96
Trans Order Code MX0 MHH
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.77 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 1.45
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.50 4.58
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Impala Buick LaCrosse
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 NA
Suspension Type - Rear Tri-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Touring NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.63 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Touring NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 6.3
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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