Compare 2016 Buick Lacrosse vs 2016 Ford Taurus vs 2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Buick Lacrosse
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2016 Ford Taurus
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2016 Toyota Avalon
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4-Door Sedan Base FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Base FWD 18 28 $32,457 $33,810
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan FWD 18 28 $30,909 $31,065
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather AWD 17 26 $37,348 $38,905
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather FWD 18 28 $34,464 $35,900
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium I AWD 17 26 $39,048 $40,675
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium I FWD 18 28 $36,672 $38,200
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium II FWD 18 28 $38,539 $40,145
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Sport Touring FWD 18 28 $32,702 $34,065
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4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 17 24 $34,417 $36,420
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 18 27 $32,669 $34,570
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 18 27 $25,723 $27,220
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 24 $29,768 $31,500
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 18 27 $28,020 $29,650
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SHO AWD 16 24 $38,164 $40,385
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4-Door Sedan Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Limited 21 30 $36,406 $40,450
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Touring 21 30 $33,346 $37,050
Avalon 4-Door Sedan XLE 21 30 $29,385 $32,650
Avalon 4-Door Sedan XLE Plus 21 30 $30,960 $34,400
Avalon 4-Door Sedan XLE Premium 21 30 $32,266 $35,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,457
$34,417
$36,406
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,810
$36,420
$40,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$564 / month
$607 / month
$674 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
In any trim, the Buick LaCrosse is comfortable and well-appointed, but serious buyers should consider Premium versions. The 2016 Ford Taurus is the biggest sedan in its lineup, but it's short on rear-seat room, and it's beginning to feel its age. The 2016 Toyota Avalon gets some minor fillips as it vies again for our top rating among large sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 24 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.8 54.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 57.9 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 102.2 102.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.8 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.9 57
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.9 42.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 56.3 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
40.5 38.1 39.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 39 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 65.3 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
196.9 202.9 195.3
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 60.7 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 65.5 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
111.7 112.9 111
Liftover Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 76.2 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 20.1 16
Brakes
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 11.1
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
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 11.7
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 19 17
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 39.5 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 - -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QGK NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50R18 P255/45VR19 P225/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
T125/70R17 Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QGK NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R18 P255/45VR19 P225/45VR18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3895 4140 3583
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 X 8 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 X 8 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.6 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
512 650 575
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
264 @ 5300 254 @ 4000 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
LFX 998-1 NA
Displacement
3.6L/217 3.5 L/213 3.5 L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
304 @ 6800 288 @ 6500 268 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 24 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 19 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.42
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All 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)
2.88 2.88 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87 1.90
Trans Order Code
M7W 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.39 3.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Ford Taurus Toyota Avalon
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Strut
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 9.3 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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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