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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan would be higher. At 3,299 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 7 more horse power than 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. (175 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 49 kg more than 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. 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, 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan (278 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 45 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Dodge Buick
Model Grand Caravan LaCrosse
Year Released 2009 2012
Body Type Minivan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3299 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 175 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 278 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 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 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1691 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 5150 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 2010 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1760 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 3080 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 9.8 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 13.8 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 76 L 59 L


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