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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2WD Automatic 20 29 $33,526 $35,705
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech Automatic 20 29 $36,979 $39,435
4-Door Sedan 2WD Advance Automatic 20 29 $39,015 $41,635
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Automatic 18 26 $36,812 $39,255
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Manual 17 25 $40,264 $42,985
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Automatic 18 26 $40,264 $42,985
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Advance Automatic 18 26 $42,300 $45,185
4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,526
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,705
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$595 / month
$580 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 37.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.2 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 98.2 88.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.7 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2 55.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 41.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 33.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 194.0 180.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.2 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.0 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 12.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
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 - TBD - - TBD -
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) 18.5 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.4 35.5
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.5
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/50VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/50VR17 P245/40R17
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) 3726 3319
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 254 @ 5000 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/212 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 280 @ 6200 201 @ 5500
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.56 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 4.38
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.49 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.75 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.27 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.10 2.86
Trans Order Code NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.72 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name Acura TL Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.1 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 6
Crash Test Ratings
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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