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1989 Plymouth Laser vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1989 Plymouth Laser. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1989 Plymouth Laser 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 49 more horse power than 1989 Plymouth Laser. (133 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1989 Plymouth Laser. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 510 kg more than 1989 Plymouth Laser. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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 64 more torque (in Nm) than 1989 Plymouth Laser. (169 Nm @ 5000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1989 Plymouth Laser.

Compare all specifications:

1989 Plymouth Laser 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Plymouth Buick
Model Laser LaCrosse
Year Released 1989 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1997 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 133 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 169 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Vehicle Weight 1230 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4400 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2480 mm 2837 mm


 

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