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2012 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2012 Mazda 3

To start off, both 2012 Buick LaCrosse and 2012 Mazda 3 were released in the same year (2012). Therefore the support and the availability on parts for both vehicles should be relatively similar. 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 34 more horse power than 2012 Mazda 3. (148 HP @ 6500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2012 Mazda 3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 440 kg more than 2012 Mazda 3. 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 50 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Mazda 3. (183 Nm @ 4500 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Mazda 3. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2012 Mazda 3 has manual transmission. 2012 Mazda 3 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Mazda 3
Make Buick Mazda
Model LaCrosse 3
Year Released 2012 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2400 cc 2000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 182 HP 148 HP
Engine RPM 6700 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 183 Nm
Torque RPM 4900 RPM 4500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline / Electric Hybrid Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type 6-speed shiftable automatic 5-speed manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1740 kg 1300 kg
Vehicle Length 5001 mm 4590 mm
Vehicle Width 1857 mm 1755 mm
Vehicle Height 1504 mm 1471 mm
Wheelbase Size 2837 mm 2639 mm
Fuel Consumption 6.5 L/100km 7.1 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 9.4 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L 55 L


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