2011 Chrysler
300
vs. 2012 Buick
LaCrosse

2012 Buick LaCrosse

10.0

starting from

$34,930

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Leather
Standard
2011 Chrysler 300

9.0

Runner-up

Chrysler 300

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 300

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Entertainment system
Standard
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More airbags
6
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Spacious front seats
55.6 ft3
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Average range in the city
344 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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  • Leather comes standard on the LaCrosse ; the 300 only offers cloth seats
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Performance - vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the LaCrosse ; the 300 only offers cloth seats

Cost

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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MSRP $34,930 vs $27,995 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The LaCrosse 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 300 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The LaCrosse 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 300 's is very short

Performance

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 292 HP @ 6,350 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 13.6 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The LaCrosse has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The 300 has a good number of airbags, but the LaCrosse is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs Uconnect

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 494 miles vs 516 miles The 300 has good highway range and the LaCrosse is reasonable
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Cargo space 13.3 ft3 vs 16.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The 300 has roomy front seats and the LaCrosse is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the 300 ; no amount of money can buy it on the LaCrosse

Road Tests

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Chrysler 300 Chrysler
300
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0-60 mph 6.6 seconds vs 7.1 seconds The LaCrosse has a good 0-60 time, but the 300 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 114 ft vs 118 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.1 s @ 94 mph vs 15.1 s @ 94 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.78 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 133 mph vs Unknown

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