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2008 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

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2008 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CXL Angular Front Exterior View
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Since its introduction as a 2005 model, the Buick LaCrosse has been getting better, and the addition of a V-8 Super edition continues this trend.

Aside from the rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 fitted with the HEMI, no mid-size sedans offer the kind of kick the LaCrosse Super does. However, the Toyota Avalon, the Nissan Maxima, and the Hyundai Azera, as well as the Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego twins, are stiff competition.

While the 5.3-liter V-8 may be an advantage to some buyers, others will compare V-6 to V-6, and in this matchup, the Buick suffers a fatal shot to the engine block.

Additionally, the Chrysler, Ford, and Mercury offer the security of available all-wheel drive.

2008 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CXL Angular Front Exterior View2008 Buick Lacrosse2008 Hyundai Azera GLS2008 Hyundai Azera2008 Nissan Maxima SL2008 Nissan Maxima2008 Toyota Avalon Limited2008 Toyota Avalon2007 Ford Five Hundred SEL2007 Ford Five Hundred2007 Mercury Montego Base2007 Mercury Montego
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The 2008 Buick LaCrosse has a wide range of engines--and a Super edition with great V-8 power.
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The 2008 Hyundai Azera gives the Korean automaker a legitimate full-size sedan, with plenty of power, features, and room, but not much excitement.
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The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan GLS4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE4-Door Sedan XL (GS)4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan Base 2WD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan CX4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODNAContinously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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