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2008 Ford Focus 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 Ford Focus. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Ford Focus 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 92 more horse power than 2008 Ford Focus. (90 HP @ 3800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2008 Ford Focus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 378 kg more than 2008 Ford Focus. 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 18 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Ford Focus. (215 Nm @ 1850 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Ford Focus. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2008 Ford Focus has manual transmission. 2008 Ford Focus 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:

2008 Ford Focus 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Ford Buick
Model Focus LaCrosse
Year Released 2008 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1560 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 90 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 3800 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 215 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 1850 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel 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 1362 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4340 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1610 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2650 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 53 L 59 L


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