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1997 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 Chevrolet Corvette. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Chevrolet Corvette would be higher. At 5,666 cc (8 cylinders), 1997 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Chevrolet Corvette (345 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 163 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1997 Chevrolet Corvette should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 345 kg more than 1997 Chevrolet Corvette.

Because 1997 Chevrolet Corvette 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 1997 Chevrolet Corvette. 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, 1997 Chevrolet Corvette (475 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 242 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 1997 Chevrolet Corvette will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 1997 Chevrolet Corvette has manual transmission. 1997 Chevrolet Corvette 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:

1997 Chevrolet Corvette 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Chevrolet Buick
Model Corvette LaCrosse
Year Released 1997 2012
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5666 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 345 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 475 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4400 RPM 4900 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1395 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4570 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1220 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 72 L 59 L


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