Compare 2018 Acura ILX vs 2018 Audi A3 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2018 Acura ILX
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2018 Audi A3
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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ILX Sedan 25 35 $26,701 $28,100
ILX Sedan w/AcuraWatch Plus 25 35 $27,932 $29,400
ILX Sedan w/Premium Pkg 25 35 $28,595 $30,100
ILX Sedan w/Premium/A-SPEC Pkg 25 35 $30,490 $32,100
ILX Sedan w/Technology Plus Pkg 25 35 $31,437 $33,100
ILX Sedan w/Technology Plus/A-SPEC Pkg 25 35 $33,332 $35,100
ILX Special Edition Sedan 25 35 $27,458 $28,900
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2.0 TFSI Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium Plus N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Prestige N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium Plus N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
RS 3 2.5 TFSI S Tronic 19 28 $51,058 $54,900
S3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Prestige 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Prestige 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
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AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe 23 30 $46,872 $50,400
CLA CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe 24 32 $32,271 $34,700
CLA CLA 250 Coupe 24 37 $30,411 $32,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,701
$35,666
$46,872
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,100
$38,350
$50,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$468 / month
$639 / month
$840 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
7.2
6.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Acura ILX is an acceptable entry-level luxury car, but a loaded-up mainstream model like the Honda Civic delivers more features and refinements for less money. The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a gorgeous shape in an impressive package. Equally impressive? Its ability to get expensive, even despite being the most affordable sedan in Mercedes' stable.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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 35.6
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)
50.3 - -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.6 - 70
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 61.2 61.3
Length, Overall (in)
181.9 174.1 183.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.5 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.1 61.5
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 102.2 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 9.9 13.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.3 13.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 10.7 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2 14.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 36.1 36.2
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA STDTR
Front Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/45HR17 P235/40WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA STDTR
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/45HR17 P235/40WR18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3093 3428 3450
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
410 320 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 140 115
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 6800 186 @ 4400 375 @ 6000
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3800 221 @ 1600 350 @ 2250
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.0 L/121 2.0 L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28 26
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.96 0.70 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 0.64 0.94
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.22 2.90 3.10
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.18 2.75 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA NA 429
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 0.93 1.19
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.76 1.16
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.40 3.86
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.48 - -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.77 4.13
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.77 2.90
Trans Type
8 7 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Cabriolet 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Acura ILX Audi A3 Cabriolet Mercedes-Benz CLA
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 6.3 6.8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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