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2008 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Toyota Highlander would be higher. At 3,546 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Toyota Highlander is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Toyota Highlander (270 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 88 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Toyota Highlander should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 356 kg more than 2008 Toyota Highlander.

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, 2008 Toyota Highlander (336 Nm @ 4700 RPM) has 103 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2008 Toyota Highlander will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Toyota Highlander 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Toyota Buick
Model Highlander LaCrosse
Year Released 2008 2012
Body Type SUV Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3546 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 270 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 336 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4700 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 7 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1384 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4790 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1920 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1740 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 9.8 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 13.1 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 73 L 59 L


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