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2003 SsangYong Musso 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 SsangYong Musso. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 SsangYong Musso would be higher. At 3,199 cc (6 cylinders), 2003 SsangYong Musso is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 SsangYong Musso (217 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 35 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 SsangYong Musso should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 SsangYong Musso weights approximately 190 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 2003 SsangYong Musso is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 SsangYong Musso will offer significantly more control. 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 SsangYong Musso (317 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 84 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2003 SsangYong Musso 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 SsangYong Musso has manual transmission. 2003 SsangYong Musso 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.

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2003 SsangYong Musso 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make SsangYong Buick
Model Musso LaCrosse
Year Released 2003 2012
Body Type SUV Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 217 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 317 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1930 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4650 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1740 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2640 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 59 L


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