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 2.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.0L 24 35 $25,377 $26,900
4-Door Sedan 1.5L Hybrid 39 38 $27,228 $28,900
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Premium Pkg 24 35 $27,506 $29,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Premium Pkg 22 31 $27,506 $29,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Tech Pkg 24 35 $29,727 $31,600
4-Door Sedan 1.5L Hybrid Tech Pkg 39 38 $32,504 $34,600
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4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
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4-Door Sedan FWD CLA 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD CLA 250 26 38 $27,807 $29,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA 250 24 32 $29,667 $31,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA 45 AMG 23 31 $44,129 $47,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,377
$27,808
$27,807
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,900
$29,900
$29,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$448 / month
$498 / month
$498 / 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
24 mpg 23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
50.2 - -
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
34 35.1 27.1
Front Head Room (in)
38 39.6 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
51.7 - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.8 56
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 36.4 35.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.3 - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 53 53.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2 40.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 60.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 103.8 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.6 70.7 70
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 61.2 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.4 - -
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 175 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.8 56.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 12.3 13.1
Brakes
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)
11.1 12.3 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 36 36
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/45HR17 P225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA R02
Front Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/45HR17 P225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2955 3175 3262
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
410 - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 140 115
Engine
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 4300 200 @ 1600 258 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 6500 170 @ 4500 208 @ 5500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33 38
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.68 2.05 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.90 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.99 3.38
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.46 3.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.13 1.30 2.67
Trans Type
5 6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.91 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 4.12 4.13
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.76 1.05
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.84
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura ILX Audi A3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7.0 (Est) - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.6 (Est) 6.5 (Est) 6.1 (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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