2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2012 Buick
LaCrosse

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.7

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Good range in the city
380 miles
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Moon roof
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2012 Buick LaCrosse

9.4

Runner-up

Buick LaCrosse

starting from

$34,930

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Average number of gears
6
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
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
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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MSRP $35,210 vs $34,930 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 16 mpg The Maxima SV has OK city mileage, while the LaCrosse is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The LaCrosse 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Maxima SV's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The LaCrosse 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Maxima SV's is very short

Safety Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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 None vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the LaCrosse
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The LaCrosse has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The LaCrosse 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 12.3 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The LaCrosse 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Maxima SV is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 520 miles vs 494 miles The Maxima SV has good highway range and the LaCrosse is reasonable
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 13.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 The Maxima SV 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 Optional vs Not Available The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the LaCrosse
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Maxima SV
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Number of speakers 9 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the LaCrosse

Road Tests

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 6.6 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 114 ft The LaCrosse has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Maxima SV is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 99 mph vs 15.1 s @ 94 mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the LaCrosse 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.79 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 133 mph

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2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 LaCrosse vs CTS 3.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Lincoln MKZ LaCrosse vs MKZ
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Toyota Camry LaCrosse vs Camry
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ LaCrosse vs Malibu LTZ

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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tdozzy (1:47 PM, June 25, 2013)
Poorly written as many things on here that says not available are clearly available