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1997 Volvo S70 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 Volvo S70. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Volvo S70 would be higher. At 2,435 cc (5 cylinders), 1997 Volvo S70 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 20 more horse power than 1997 Volvo S70. (162 HP @ 6100 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1997 Volvo S70. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 365 kg more than 1997 Volvo S70. 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 12 more torque (in Nm) than 1997 Volvo S70. (221 Nm @ 4700 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1997 Volvo S70.

Compare all specifications:

1997 Volvo S70 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Volvo Buick
Model S70 LaCrosse
Year Released 1997 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2435 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 5 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 162 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 221 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4700 RPM 4900 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1375 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2670 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 6.7 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 11.9 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 68 L 59 L


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