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2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Chevrolet Malibu would be higher. At 2,401 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 18 more horse power than 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. (164 HP @ 6400 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.

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 17 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. (216 Nm @ 5000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Chevrolet Malibu 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Chevrolet Buick
Model Malibu LaCrosse
Year Released 2008 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2401 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 164 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6400 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 216 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline / Electric Hybrid Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 4880 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2860 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 7.4 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 9.8 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 L 59 L


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