Compare 2018 Buick Lacrosse vs 2018 Lexus ES vs 2018 Toyota Avalon

2018 Buick Lacrosse
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2018 Lexus ES
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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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ES 300h FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ES ES 300h FWD 40 39 $39,171 $41,820
ES ES 350 FWD 21 30 $36,485 $38,950
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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
$39,171
$38,520

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$47,070
$41,820
$42,800

Monthly Payment Estimate

$785 / month
$697 / month
$713 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.8
7.2
7.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks. If you’re after a smooth, quiet, roomy, comforting luxury sedan that’s still good value, the 2018 Lexus ES may be one of the better choices. 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 40 mpg 40 mpg

Highway

29 mpg 39 mpg 39 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Midsize Cars Midsize Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

55.10 53.8 54.6

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.70 57.6 58.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

102.0 100.1 102.3

Second Head Room (in)

37.20 37.5 37.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.60 55 57

Front Leg Room (in)

42.00 41.9 42.1

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.80 54.8 55.1

Second Leg Room (in)

38.00 40 39.2

Front Head Room (in)

38.40 37.5 37.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.90 62.6 62.6

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - - 5.5

Length, Overall (in)

197.50 193.3 195.3

Height, Overall (in)

57.50 57.1 57.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.10 62 62.2

Wheelbase (in)

114.4 111 111

Liftover Height (in)

NA - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.50 71.7 72.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

15.00 12.1 14

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)

11.3 x - TBD - 11 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 - 11.6 11.7

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.8 17.2 17

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.2 - -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.0 37.4 40

Steering Type

Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.75 - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

NA - -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

RLE NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/45R19 P215/55VR17 P215/55VR17

Spare Tire Size

T125/70R17 Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

RLE NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

QCL NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/45R19 P215/55VR17 P215/55VR17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 - 100

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3840 3682 3682

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 x - TBD - 17 X 7 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

17 Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 x - TBD - 17 X 7 17 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.6 - -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

512 - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

150 - -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

268 @ 5200 156 @ 4500 156 @ 4500

Engine Order Code

LGX NA NA

Displacement

3.6L/- TBD - 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

310 @ 6800 200 @ 5700 200 @ 5700

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas/Electric I-4 Gas/Electric I-4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

29 39 39

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 40 40

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 40 40

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA - -

Ninth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Trans Type

9 1 1

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Trans Order Code

M3G NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.90 3.54 3.54

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic CVT w/OD CVT w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Buick LaCrosse Lexus ES Toyota Avalon

Body Style

Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

NA - -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA Strut 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

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

NA - -

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.7 4.4 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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