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2012 Buick LaCrosse vs. 1979 Isuzu Gemini

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 33 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Isuzu Gemini. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Isuzu Gemini 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 97 more horse power than 1979 Isuzu Gemini. (85 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1979 Isuzu Gemini. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 785 kg more than 1979 Isuzu Gemini. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1979 Isuzu Gemini is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1979 Isuzu Gemini. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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 102 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Isuzu Gemini. (131 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Isuzu Gemini.

Compare all specifications:

2012 Buick LaCrosse 1979 Isuzu Gemini
Make Buick Isuzu
Model LaCrosse Gemini
Year Released 2012 1979
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2400 cc 1817 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 182 HP 85 HP
Engine RPM 6700 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 131 Nm
Torque RPM 4900 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline / Electric Hybrid Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type 6-speed shiftable automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1740 kg 955 kg
Vehicle Length 5001 mm 4240 mm
Vehicle Width 1857 mm 1580 mm
Vehicle Height 1504 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2837 mm 2410 mm


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