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2012 Chrysler 300
2012 Buick Lacrosse
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4-Door Sedan V6 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD 18 27 $26,712 $27,670
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD Limited 19 31 $31,312 $32,670
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD 300S 19 31 $32,232 $33,670
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD Limited 18 27 $33,473 $35,020
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD 300S 18 27 $34,393 $36,020
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD 300C 16 25 $36,832 $38,670
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD 300S 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD Mopar 12 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
4-Door Sedan V8 AWD 300C 15 23 $38,993 $41,020
4-Door Sedan V8 AWD 300S 15 23 $39,913 $42,020
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD 300C Luxury Series 16 25 $40,052 $42,170
4-Door Sedan V8 AWD 300C Luxury Series 15 23 $42,213 $44,520
4-Door Sedan V8 RWD SRT8 14 23 $46,062 $47,670
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,712
$28,963
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,670
$30,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$461 / month
$503 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun. 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
City
18 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 56.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
40.1 40.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.3 100.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.3
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 59.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
120.2 111.7
Liftover Height (in)
30.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.0 73.1
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
198.6 196.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 10.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.4 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)
12.6 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.2
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)
19.5 15.7
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 38.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
TW1 RAF
Spare Tire Order Code
TBG NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R17 P235/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TW1 RAF
Front Tire Size
P215/65R17 P235/50R17
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)
3999 3829
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 9.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 438
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
292 @ 6350 182 @ 6700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
ERB LUK
Displacement
3.6L/220 2.4/145
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 36
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 2.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.96
Trans Order Code
DGJ MHH
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 4.58
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.91
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4-Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chrysler 300 Buick LaCrosse
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Short-Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.5 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.0 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Five-Link 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
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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