Compare 2012 Buick Lacrosse vs 2012 Hyundai Azera vs 2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Buick Lacrosse
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2012 Hyundai Azera
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2012 Toyota Avalon
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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
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Azera 4-Door Sedan 20 28 $29,864 $32,000
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avalon 4-Door Sedan 19 28 $29,876 $33,195
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $32,792 $36,435
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,963
$29,864
$29,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,170
$32,000
$33,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$533 / month
$553 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
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. With real design appeal, confident performance, and a true luxury-car ambiance, the new 2012 Hyundai Azera brings far more sophistication to the showroom, but doesn't lose its carry-over attributes of comfort and value for the money. A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
40.5 36.8 40.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 40.3 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 54.2 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 58.3 59.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 107.0 106.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.3 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.4 58.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 45.5 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 54.6 55.8
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 73.2 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 63.2 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
196.9 193.3 197.6
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 57.9 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 63.3 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
111.7 112.0 111.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 16.3 14.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.2 12.6 x 1.10 11.7 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.9 11.2 x 0.39 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.7 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 14.5 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 36.5 36.9
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 2.90 3.22
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R17 P245/45R18 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
RAF NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50R17 P245/45R18 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/80D17 P215/55R17
Front Tire Order Code
RAF NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3829 3825 3572
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 17 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 5.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 255 @ 5200 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
LUK - TBD - NA
Displacement
2.4/145 3.3L/204 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 293 @ 6400 268 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 20 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.77 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.25 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.80 1.42
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.39 4.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.65 1.90
Trans Order Code
MHH - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.04 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.38 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Hyundai Azera Toyota Avalon
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.67 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 0.95 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 8.0 8.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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