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1971 Austin 3 vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 41 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Austin 3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Austin 3 would be higher. At 2,910 cc (6 cylinders), 1971 Austin 3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 59 more horse power than 1971 Austin 3. (123 HP @ 4500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1971 Austin 3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 250 kg more than 1971 Austin 3. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1971 Austin 3 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1971 Austin 3. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 15 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 Austin 3. (218 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 Austin 3.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Austin 3 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Austin Buick
Model 3 LaCrosse
Year Released 1971 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2910 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 123 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 218 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4720 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2940 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L 59 L


 

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