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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Sport 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Luxury 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Sport 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.5L Sport 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*
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Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,388
$28,551
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,600
$30,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$527 / month
$512 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility. The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 55.5
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 37.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 34.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 89.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 40.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.2
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 185.2
Height, Overall (in) 56.9 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in) - TBD - 61.1
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 110.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 26.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 71.9
Track Width, Front (in) - TBD - 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 16.9
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) 11.8 x 0.86 11.3 x 0.47
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 x 1.26 12.6 x 1.18
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.6 37.4
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Steering Servotronic
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P245/40R18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45R17 P245/40R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3560 3527
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2700 - 5000 258 @ 1500-4200
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 6000 211 @ 5300-6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 30
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 (R2 2.23) - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 - TBD -
Trans Order Code 427 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.07 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Automatic CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 - TBD -
Trans Type 7 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz C-Class Audi A4
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 5-Arm Multi-link w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent 4-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link w/Stabilizer Bar
 
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