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

2015 Acura ILX
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2015 Audi A3
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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4-Door Sedan 2.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L 24 35 $25,516 $27,050
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Premium Pkg 24 35 $27,645 $29,350
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Tech Pkg 24 35 $29,866 $31,750
ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Premium Pkg 22 31 $27,645 $29,350
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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
S3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 31 $38,224 $41,100
S3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 31 $38,224 $41,100
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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 33 $31,155 $33,500
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD 26 38 $29,295 $31,500
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC 23 31 $45,105 $48,500

Pricing

Invoice Price

$25,516
$33,108
$31,155

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$27,050
$35,600
$33,500

Monthly Payment Estimate

$451 / month
$593 / month
$558 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
8.0
8.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2015 Acura ILX is a well-rounded compact premium sedan for those who want features and comfort, but don't mind sacrificing performance. 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. The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

24 mpg 24 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

35 mpg 35 mpg 33 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Subcompact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

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

Second Head Room (in)

35.9 36.3 35.4

Exterior Dimensions

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 - -

Length, Overall (in)

179.1 175 182.3

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.3 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)

11.1 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 14.8

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.1 - 36

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2955 3384 3395

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7.5 17 X 7

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

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

410 - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

95 140 115

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

150 @ 6500 170 @ 4500 208 @ 5500

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

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 35 33

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 24 24

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 28 27

Transmission

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.44 4.12 4.13

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.68 2.05 2.43

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All 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

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.76 1.05

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

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7.0 - -

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.3 6.3 (Est) 6.7

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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