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2003 Opel Astra vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Opel Astra. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Opel Astra would be higher. At 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 8 more horse power than 2003 Opel Astra. (174 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2003 Opel Astra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 330 kg more than 2003 Opel Astra. 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, 2003 Opel Astra (251 Nm @ 1950 RPM) has 18 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2003 Opel Astra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2003 Opel Astra has manual transmission. 2003 Opel Astra 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:

2003 Opel Astra 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Opel Buick
Model Astra LaCrosse
Year Released 2003 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 174 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 251 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 1950 RPM 4900 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1410 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4260 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2740 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 6.9 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 12.9 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 52 L 59 L


 

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