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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2WD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2WD 18 26 $32,856 $35,305
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech 18 26 $36,277 $39,035
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech 18 Wheels 18 26 $37,194 $40,035
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD 17 25 $36,112 $38,855
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Manual 17 25 $39,532 $42,585
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Automatic 17 25 $39,532 $42,585
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech HPT Manual 17 25 $40,449 $43,585
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech HPT Automatic 17 25 $40,449 $43,585
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,856
$18,800
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,305
$19,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$588 / month
$320 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line If the bold exterior is to your liking, the 2011 Acura TL is a solid luxury value—and the SH-AWD has true sport-sedan chops. Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 54.8 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.1 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 98.2 102.2
Second Head Room (in) 36.7 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.7 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 40.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 195.3 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.2 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.8 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 110.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.0 72.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 15.4
Brakes
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 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
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 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.4 35.8
Steering Type Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/50VR17 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/50VR17 P205/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3721 3206
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 254 @ 5000 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/212 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 280 @ 6200 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System PGM-FI Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 28
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 3.26
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.69
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.49 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 1.93
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name Acura TL Kia Optima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.9 6.5
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 -
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