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2011 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2011 Mercedes-Benz S. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2011 Mercedes-Benz S would be higher. At 5,500 cc (8 cylinders), 2011 Mercedes-Benz S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Mercedes-Benz S (382 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 200 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2011 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2011 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 351 kg more than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2011 Mercedes-Benz S is all wheel drive (AWD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2011 Mercedes-Benz S will offer significantly more control. 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, 2011 Mercedes-Benz S (530 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 297 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2011 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

2011 Mercedes-Benz S 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Mercedes-Benz Buick
Model S LaCrosse
Year Released 2011 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5500 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 382 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 530 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type AWD Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 2091 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 5245 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1872 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1473 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 3165 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 11.2 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 16.8 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 L 59 L


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