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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 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 Mercedes-Benz SL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL would be higher. At 4,966 cc (8 cylinders), 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL (302 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 120 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL weights approximately 150 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 Mercedes-Benz SL 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 Mercedes-Benz SL. 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 Mercedes-Benz SL (461 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 228 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Mercedes-Benz Buick
Model SL LaCrosse
Year Released 1998 2012
Body Type Convertible Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4966 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 302 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 461 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 4900 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1890 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1820 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1300 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 9.6 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 17.9 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 59 L


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