Compare 2012 Buick Lacrosse vs 2012 Chrysler 300 vs 2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Buick Lacrosse
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2012 Chrysler 300
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2012 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan Base FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Base FWD 25 36 $28,963 $30,170
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Convenience FWD 25 36 $29,990 $31,240
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather AWD 16 26 $33,475 $34,870
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather FWD 25 36 $31,396 $32,705
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 1 AWD 16 26 $34,190 $35,615
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 1 FWD 25 36 $32,112 $33,450
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 2 AWD 16 26 $35,558 $37,040
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 2 FWD 17 27 $33,470 $34,865
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 3 FWD 17 27 $34,833 $36,285
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Touring FWD 17 27 $37,267 $38,820
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4-Door Sedan V6 300S AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
300 4-Door Sedan V6 300S AWD 18 27 $34,393 $36,020
300 4-Door Sedan V6 300S RWD 19 31 $32,232 $33,670
300 4-Door Sedan V6 Limited AWD 18 27 $33,473 $35,020
300 4-Door Sedan V6 Limited RWD 19 31 $31,312 $32,670
300 4-Door Sedan V6 RWD 18 27 $26,712 $27,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C AWD 15 23 $38,993 $41,020
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C Luxury Series AWD 15 23 $42,213 $44,520
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C Luxury Series RWD 16 25 $40,052 $42,170
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300C RWD 16 25 $36,832 $38,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300S AWD 15 23 $39,913 $42,020
300 4-Door Sedan V8 300S RWD 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 Mopar 12 RWD 16 25 $37,752 $39,670
300 4-Door Sedan V8 SRT8 RWD 14 23 $46,062 $47,670
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4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 17 25 $31,289 $34,005
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 18 27 $29,625 $32,155
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 18 28 $23,685 $25,555
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 25 $27,329 $29,605
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 18 27 $25,665 $27,755
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SHO AWD 17 25 $35,025 $38,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,963
$34,393
$31,289
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,170
$36,020
$34,005
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$600 / month
$567 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun. The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 57.7 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.8 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 56.2 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
40.5 40.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 38.6 39.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 56.1 55.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 59.5 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 106.3 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.9 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 59.2 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 63.8 65.5
Wheelbase (in)
111.7 120.2 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.1 30.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 75.0 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 63.4 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
196.9 198.6 202.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 16.3 20.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.9 12.6 x 0.9 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.2 13.6 x 1.3 12.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.7 19.5 19.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 16.5 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 38.7 41.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RAF TDX TBQ
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R17 P235/55R19 P255/45VR19
Rear Tire Order Code
RAF TDX TBQ
Front Tire Size
P235/50R17 P235/55R19 P255/45VR19
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3829 4235 4224
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 160 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 730 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 292 @ 6350 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 260 @ 4800 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LUK ERB 99W
Displacement
2.4/145 3.6L/220 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 27 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.30 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 3.14 2.87
Trans Order Code
MHH DFG 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.07 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.67 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.00 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.71 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 2.10 1.84
Trans Type
6 8 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29 1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4-Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Chrysler 300 Ford Taurus
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short-Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.6 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 1.3 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Five-Link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 8.7 9.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 4 4
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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