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2010 Nissan Altima vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2010 Nissan Altima. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2010 Nissan Altima would be higher. At 2,500 cc (4 cylinders), 2010 Nissan Altima is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 24 more horse power than 2010 Nissan Altima. (158 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2010 Nissan Altima. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 166 kg more than 2010 Nissan Altima. 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 14 more torque (in Nm) than 2010 Nissan Altima. (219 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2010 Nissan Altima.

Compare all specifications:

2010 Nissan Altima 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Nissan Buick
Model Altima LaCrosse
Year Released 2010 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2500 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 158 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 219 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline / Electric Hybrid Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type CVT 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1574 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4844 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1796 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1481 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2776 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 7.1 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 6.7 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 76 L 59 L


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