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1998 Ford Falcon vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 14 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1998 Ford Falcon. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Ford Falcon would be higher. At 4,942 cc (8 cylinders), 1998 Ford Falcon is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Ford Falcon (235 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 53 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1998 Ford Falcon should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 160 kg more than 1998 Ford Falcon.

Because 1998 Ford Falcon 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 1998 Ford Falcon. 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, 1998 Ford Falcon (395 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 162 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 1998 Ford Falcon will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

1998 Ford Falcon 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Ford Buick
Model Falcon LaCrosse
Year Released 1998 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4942 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 235 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 4600 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 395 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1580 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4910 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2837 mm


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