Compare 2012 Nissan Maxima vs 2012 Buick Lacrosse

2012 Nissan Maxima
2012 Buick Lacrosse
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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
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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
$29,695
$28,963
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,420
$30,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$540 / month
$503 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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
19 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 40.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.8 100.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 56.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 55.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 73.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 196.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 59.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 111.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 10.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.10 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)
12.1 x 0.6 12.4 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 15.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 38.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RAF
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/50R17
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D17 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RAF
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 3829
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 120
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
NA LUK
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 2.4/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 182 @ 6700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 25
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.58
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.91
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.96
Trans Order Code
NA MHH
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 2.64
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Buick LaCrosse
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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)
1.0 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 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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