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2012 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 10 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 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 62 more horse power than 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. (120 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 552 kg more than 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. 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 57 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. (176 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Compare all specifications:

2012 Buick LaCrosse 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
Make Buick Chevrolet
Model LaCrosse Cavalier
Year Released 2012 2002
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2400 cc 2190 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 182 HP 120 HP
Engine RPM 6700 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 4900 RPM 3600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline / Electric Hybrid Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type 6-speed shiftable automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1740 kg 1188 kg
Vehicle Length 5001 mm 4590 mm
Vehicle Width 1857 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1504 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2837 mm 2810 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L 56 L


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