Compare 2014 Buick Lacrosse vs 2014 Ford Taurus vs 2014 Hyundai Sonata

2014 Buick Lacrosse
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2014 Ford Taurus
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2014 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan Base FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Base FWD 25 36 $32,193 $33,535
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather AWD 17 26 $37,070 $38,615
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather FWD 25 36 $34,185 $35,610
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium I AWD 17 26 $38,673 $40,285
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium I FWD 18 28 $37,641 $39,210
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium II FWD 18 28 $38,164 $39,755
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4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 18 26 $33,330 $36,130
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 19 29 $31,624 $34,280
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 19 29 $24,705 $26,780
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 18 26 $28,533 $30,930
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 19 29 $26,827 $29,080
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SHO AWD 17 25 $36,882 $39,980
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 21 32 $26,668 $28,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 21 32 $24,428 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $20,532 $21,450
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $22,978 $24,300
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,573 $26,000
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan Limited 36 40 $28,859 $30,750
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,193
$33,330
$26,668
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,535
$36,130
$28,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$559 / month
$602 / month
$476 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Great on gas or long on comfort and refinement--the Buick LaCrosse can be either, though we'd steer you toward the premium editions. The 2014 Ford Taurus continues in its role of luxury and technology flagship for the Ford brand, but it remains compromised by its lack of rear-seat headroom and legroom The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 18 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 26 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 56.3 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
40.5 38.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 39 38.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.8 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 57.9 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 102.2 103.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.9 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.9 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 65.5 62.5
Wheelbase (in)
111.7 112.9 110
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 76.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 65.3 62.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
196.9 202.9 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 60.7 57.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 20.1 16.4
Brakes
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 13.9 11.8
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 13.6 11.2
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 19 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 39.7 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R17 P255/45VR19 P215/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RAF TC1 NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50R17 P255/45VR19 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RAF TC1 NA
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)
150 100 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3756 4249 3527
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 X 8 17 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 X 8 17 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 650 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - 130
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 254 @ 4000 269 @ 1650
Engine Order Code
LUK 998-1 NA
Displacement
2.4/145 3.5 L/213 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 288 @ 6500 274 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 21 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 26 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 18 21
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.87 2.83
Trans Order Code
MHH 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.39 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.41 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.74 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.48 4.65
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 2.88 3.39
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Ford Taurus Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 8.7 (Est) 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
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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