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1975 Chrysler Valiant vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 37 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Chrysler Valiant. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Chrysler Valiant would be higher. At 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 91 more horse power than 1975 Chrysler Valiant. (91 HP @ 6300 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1975 Chrysler Valiant. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 910 kg more than 1975 Chrysler Valiant. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1975 Chrysler Valiant 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 1975 Chrysler Valiant. 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 110 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Chrysler Valiant. (123 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Chrysler Valiant. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 1975 Chrysler Valiant has manual transmission. 1975 Chrysler Valiant will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Chrysler Valiant 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Chrysler Buick
Model Valiant LaCrosse
Year Released 1975 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1438 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 91 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 123 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Vehicle Weight 830 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 3970 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1540 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2350 mm 2837 mm


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