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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 19 24 $30,647 $32,895
FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 24 $33,490 $35,995
AWD 4-Door 17 22 $32,481 $34,895
AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $35,324 $37,995
2WD 4-Door Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
4WD 4-Door Automatic & Dynaudio SEL w/Premium Nav 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,647
$21,926
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,895
$22,840
Monthly Payment Estimate
$548 / month
$381 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting. It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.2 56.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.4 95.3
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 40.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.6 71.2
Track Width, Front (in) 61.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 6.9
Length, Overall (in) 182.5 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.2 66.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.6 61.9
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 60.6 56.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 27.8 23.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0 16.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 39.4
Steering Type Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.76 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/55VR18 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/55VR18 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size NA 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 220
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 225 330
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3743 3433
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 11.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 440 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 105 140
Engine
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4500 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.3L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 240 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 3.92
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.89
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.54 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 4.95
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 2.16
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 3.30
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.38
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Acura RDX Volkswagen Tiguan
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.7 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating -
 
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