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2012 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, both 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 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 2,500 cc (5 cylinders), 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 12 more horse power than 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. (170 HP @ 5700 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 340 kg more than 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. 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 Volkswagen Jetta (240 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 7 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2012 Volkswagen Jetta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

2012 Volkswagen Jetta 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Volkswagen Buick
Model Jetta LaCrosse
Year Released 2012 2012
Body Type Station Wagon Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2500 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 5 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 170 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5700 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 240 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type 6-speed shiftable automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1400 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4557 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1781 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1504 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2578 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 7.6 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 9.8 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 59 L


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