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2012 Nissan Frontier vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, both 2012 Nissan Frontier and 2012 Buick LaCrosse were released in the same year (2012). Therefore the support and the availability on parts for both vehicles should be relatively similar. At 3,954 cc (6 cylinders), 2012 Nissan Frontier is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Nissan Frontier (261 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 79 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2012 Nissan Frontier should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Nissan Frontier weights approximately 179 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 2012 Nissan Frontier is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Nissan Frontier 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, 2012 Nissan Frontier (381 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 148 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2012 Nissan Frontier will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2012 Nissan Frontier has manual transmission. 2012 Nissan Frontier 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 Nissan Frontier 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Nissan Buick
Model Frontier LaCrosse
Year Released 2012 2012
Body Type Pickup Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3954 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 261 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 381 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1919 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 5230 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1790 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 3200 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 11.8 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 14.7 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 59 L


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