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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 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
$34,400
$28,963
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,725
$30,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$612 / month
$503 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. 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 19 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.9 40.5
Front Head Room (in) 37.4 38.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.4 100.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 55.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 73.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.0 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 191.7 196.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 59.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 62.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 111.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.8 10.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x - TBD - 12.4 x 0.9
Brake Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 15.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 38.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/55R17 P235/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA RAF
Front Tire Size P215/55R17 P235/50R17
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA RAF
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3605 3829
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 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) - TBD - 120
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 248 @ 4700 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code NA LUK
Displacement 3.5L/210 2.4/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6200 182 @ 6700
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.68 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.45
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.60 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 4.58
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42 1.91
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.14 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 2.96
Trans Order Code NA MHH
Summary
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Lexus ES 350 Buick LaCrosse
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Dual-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 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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