Compare 2013 Acura TL vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2013 Acura TL
2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD 20 29 $33,712 $35,905
4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Special Edition 20 29 $35,100 $37,405
4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD 18 26 $36,997 $39,455
4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Tech 20 29 $37,164 $39,635
4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Advance 20 29 $39,200 $41,835
4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD Tech 18 26 $40,449 $43,185
4-Door Sedan Manual SH-AWD Tech 17 25 $40,449 $43,185
4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD Advance 18 26 $42,485 $45,385
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,876 $35,350
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $33,266 $35,770
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $35,154 $37,800
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 20 28 $36,224 $38,950
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 20 28 $36,605 $39,360
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $38,502 $41,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $40,176 $43,200
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $42,036 $45,200
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $55,614 $59,800
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,967 $62,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,712
$32,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,905
$35,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$598 / month
$589 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling. For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.0 180.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 12.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 17.4
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P225/45R17
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
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 Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
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 w/Manual Shift Automatic
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.748 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.181 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.9 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 (2012) 6
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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