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2005 Audi A3 vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2005 Audi A3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2005 Audi A3 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 34 more horse power than 2005 Audi A3. (148 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2005 Audi A3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 425 kg more than 2005 Audi A3. 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 33 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Audi A3. (200 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Audi A3. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2005 Audi A3 has manual transmission. 2005 Audi A3 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:

2005 Audi A3 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Audi Buick
Model A3 LaCrosse
Year Released 2005 2012
Body Type Hatchback Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1983 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 148 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 200 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
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 1315 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4210 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 59 L


 

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