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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan SE FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 18 28 $23,685 $25,555
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 27 $25,665 $27,755
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $27,329 $29,605
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 27 $29,625 $32,155
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 25 $31,289 $34,005
4-Door Sedan AWD SHO 17 25 $35,025 $38,155
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 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
$23,685
$28,963
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$30,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$503 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests. 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 28 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 56.3 55.2
Second Leg Room (in) 38.1 40.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.0 38.0
Second Hip Room (in) 55.8 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.9 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.2 100.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.5 62.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.9 111.7
Liftover Height (in) 30.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.2 73.1
Track Width, Front (in) 65.3 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 202.9 196.9
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 59.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 20.1 10.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x - TBD - 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) 12.4 x - TBD - 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) 19.0 15.7
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.0 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 41.0 38.8
Tires
Front Tire Order Code TCK RAF
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/60R17 P235/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code TCK RAF
Front Tire Size P235/60R17 P235/50R17
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
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) 4015 3829
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 438
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 249 @ 4500 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code 99W LUK
Displacement 3.5L/213 2.4/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 263 @ 6250 182 @ 6700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 36
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 2.96
Trans Order Code 44J MHH
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.77 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.45
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 4.58
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 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
Summary
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Ford Taurus Buick LaCrosse
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.8 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.1 NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-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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