Compare 2013 Nissan Maxima vs 2013 Buick Lacrosse

2013 Nissan Maxima
2013 Buick Lacrosse
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4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.5 S 19 26 $28,396 $31,000
4-Door Sedan 3.5 SV 19 26 $30,444 $33,240
4-Door Sedan 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $30,444 $33,240
4-Door Sedan 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $30,444 $33,240
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4-Door Sedan FWD Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD Base 25 36 $30,393 $31,660
4-Door Sedan FWD Leather 25 36 $32,515 $33,870
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium 1 17 27 $33,873 $35,285
4-Door Sedan AWD Leather 17 25 $34,593 $36,035
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium 2 17 27 $35,236 $36,705
4-Door Sedan AWD Premium 1 17 25 $35,961 $37,460
4-Door Sedan FWD Touring 17 27 $37,670 $39,240
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,396
$30,393
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,000
$31,660
Monthly Payment Estimate
$517 / month
$528 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan. The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.400 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
34.600 40.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.500 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.900 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.300 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.800 100.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.400 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.100 56.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.800 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.400 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.300 111.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.200 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.200 73.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.400 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.600 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.600 196.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.800 59.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.200 10.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.600 x 1.100 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)
12.130 x 0.630 12.4 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.000 15.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.570 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.200 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.400 38.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3551 3774
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.600 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 120
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
NA LUK
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.4/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 182 @ 6700
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.96
Trans Order Code
NA MHH
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.173 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.371-0.439 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)
1.766 2.84
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Buick LaCrosse
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.827 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.000 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 (2012) 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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