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1998 GMC Safari 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 GMC Safari. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 GMC Safari would be higher. At 4,293 cc (6 cylinders), 1998 GMC Safari is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 GMC Safari (187 HP @ 4400 RPM) has 5 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1998 GMC Safari should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 GMC Safari weights approximately 215 kg more than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1998 GMC Safari 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 GMC Safari. 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 GMC Safari (338 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 105 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 1998 GMC Safari will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

1998 GMC Safari 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make GMC Buick
Model Safari LaCrosse
Year Released 1998 2012
Body Type Van Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4293 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 187 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 338 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 8 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1955 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4830 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1980 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1910 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 98 L 59 L


 

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