Compare 2014 Acura ILX vs 2015 Audi A3 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2014 Acura ILX
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2015 Audi A3
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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4-Door Sedan 1.5L Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ILX 4-Door Sedan 1.5L Hybrid 39 38 $27,228 $28,900
ILX 4-Door Sedan 1.5L Hybrid Tech Pkg 39 38 $32,504 $34,600
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L 24 35 $25,377 $26,900
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Premium Pkg 24 35 $27,506 $29,200
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Tech Pkg 24 35 $29,727 $31,600
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Premium Pkg 22 31 $27,506 $29,200
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2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
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4-Door Sedan CLA 250 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 4MATIC 24 32 $29,667 $31,900
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD 26 38 $27,807 $29,900
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC 23 31 $44,129 $47,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,228
$33,108
$29,667
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,900
$35,600
$31,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$482 / month
$593 / month
$532 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Acura ILX is a nice, balanced compact luxury sedan for those who put the emphasis on comfort and feature, not true sport-sedan reflexes. The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets. A scaled-down CLS with turbocharged performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves the car world is shrinking--even at the luxury level.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
39 mpg 24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 36.3 35.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.3 - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 45.7 53.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2 40.2
Front Hip Room (in)
50.2 - -
Passenger Capacity
5 4 5
Second Leg Room (in)
34 31.9 27.1
Front Head Room (in)
38 37.4 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
51.7 - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.8 56
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 175 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.5 56.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 60.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 102.2 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.6 - 70
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 61.2 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.4 - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10 9.9 13.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 10.7 11.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 12.3 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 - 36
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P225/45HR17 P225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA R02
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P225/45HR17 P225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2959 3384 3395
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 140 115
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
340 - -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
127 @ 1000 200 @ 1600 258 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
111 @ 5500 170 @ 4500 208 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
38 28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
39 24 24
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.53 - 0.42 3.46 3.86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.27 4.12 4.13
Trans Type
1 6 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.51 3.99 3.38
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.05 2.43
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.90 1.05
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.76 1.05
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.30 2.67
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.91 0.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura ILX Audi A3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Body Style
Sedan Cabriolet 4MATIC
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.9 (Est) 6.3 (Est) 6.8 (Est)
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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