Compare 2018 Buick Lacrosse vs 2018 Kia Cadenza vs 2018 Toyota Avalon

2018 Buick Lacrosse
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2018 Kia Cadenza
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2018 Toyota Avalon
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4-Door Sedan Avenir AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Avenir AWD 20 29 $45,187 $47,070
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Avenir FWD 21 30 $43,075 $44,870
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Essence AWD 20 29 $39,427 $41,070
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Essence FWD 25 35 $34,915 $36,370
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan FWD 25 35 $29,417 $29,565
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Preferred FWD 25 35 $32,323 $33,670
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium AWD 20 29 $41,731 $43,470
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium FWD 25 35 $37,123 $38,670
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Limited Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cadenza Limited Sedan 20 28 $41,320 $44,690
Cadenza Premium Sedan 20 28 $30,408 $32,290
Cadenza Technology Sedan 20 28 $36,328 $39,290
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Hybrid Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avalon Hybrid Limited 40 39 $38,520 $42,800
Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus 40 39 $33,751 $37,500
Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium 40 39 $35,056 $38,950
Avalon Limited 21 30 $37,171 $41,300
Avalon Touring 21 30 $34,111 $37,900
Avalon XLE 21 30 $30,151 $33,500
Avalon XLE Plus 21 30 $31,726 $35,250
Avalon XLE Premium 21 30 $33,032 $36,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,187
$41,320
$38,520
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,070
$44,690
$42,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$785 / month
$745 / month
$713 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.4
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks. The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish. The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg 40 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 28 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.60 56.5 57
Front Leg Room (in)
42.00 45.5 42.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.80 56.5 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
38.00 37.2 39.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.40 38.5 37.6
Second Hip Room (in)
55.10 56.3 54.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.70 58.3 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.0 107.8 102.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.20 37.6 37.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.10 63.4 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
114.4 112.4 111
Liftover Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.50 73.6 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.90 63.1 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
197.50 195.7 195.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.50 57.9 57.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.00 16 14
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 11.8 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 - TBD - 12.6 11.7
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)
15.8 18.5 17
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)
38.0 37.2 40
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
RLE NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
QCL NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R19 P245/40VR19 P215/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RLE NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45R19 P245/40VR19 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
T125/70R17 Compact Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3840 3770 3682
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 19 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 19 X 8 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.6 - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 180 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
512 660 -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
268 @ 5200 253 @ 5200 156 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LGX NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/- TBD - 3.3 L/204 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 6800 290 @ 6400 200 @ 5700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20 40
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 23 40
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 28 39
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.42 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.65 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.90 -
Trans Order Code
M3G NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.90 3.32 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.42 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.80 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.81 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Ninth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.86 -
Trans Type
9 8 1
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.22 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Buick LaCrosse Kia Cadenza Toyota Avalon
Suspension
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)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 7.6 4.4
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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