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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 37 more horse power than 2003 Opel Astra. (145 HP @ 5800 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 442 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, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 30 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Opel Astra. (203 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Opel Astra.

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 2198 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 145 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5800 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 203 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4900 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1298 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4120 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2500 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption 6.5 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 11.6 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 52 L 59 L


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