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2004 Buick Rainier vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2004 Buick Rainier. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2004 Buick Rainier would be higher. At 4,195 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 Buick Rainier is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Buick Rainier (275 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 93 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Buick Rainier should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Buick Rainier weights approximately 275 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 2004 Buick Rainier 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 2004 Buick Rainier. 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, 2004 Buick Rainier (387 Nm) has 154 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm). This means 2004 Buick Rainier will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Buick Rainier 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Buick Buick
Model Rainier LaCrosse
Year Released 2004 2012
Body Type SUV Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4195 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 275 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 387 Nm 233 Nm
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 2015 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4880 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1920 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1900 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2780 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 11.2 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 14.7 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 83 L 59 L


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