Compare 2010 Acura TL vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2010 Acura TL
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2WD 18 26 $32,673 $35,105
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD 17 25 $35,928 $38,655
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech 18 26 $36,093 $38,835
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech 18 Wheels 18 26 $37,010 $39,835
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Automatic 17 25 $39,349 $42,385
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Manual 17 25 $39,349 $42,385
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech HPT Automatic 17 25 $40,266 $43,385
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech HPT Manual 17 25 $40,266 $43,385
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,673
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,105
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$585 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Boldly styled and laden with high-tech features, the 2010 Acura TL is a solid value, though enthusiasts might find its overall ability lacking.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.2 95
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 41.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
195.3 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 15
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 11.3 x 0.98
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)
13.2 x 0.4 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.0 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3721 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 90
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
PGM-FI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 170 @ 5900
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.43
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.44
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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