Compare 2012 Acura RDX vs 2012 Acura TSX vs 2012 Audi A4

2012 Acura RDX
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2012 Acura TSX
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2012 Audi A4
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AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RDX AWD 4-Door 17 22 $32,481 $34,895
RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $35,324 $37,995
RDX FWD 4-Door 19 24 $30,647 $32,895
RDX FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 24 $33,490 $35,995
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 22 31 $28,256 $30,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Special Edition 22 31 $29,181 $31,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Tech Pkg 22 31 $31,125 $33,110
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual Special Edition 21 29 $29,181 $31,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic 19 28 $33,383 $35,550
TSX 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Tech Pkg 19 28 $36,252 $38,650
TSX Sport Wagon 5-Door Sport Wgn I4 Automatic 22 30 $29,505 $31,360
TSX Sport Wagon 5-Door Sport Wgn I4 Automatic Tech Pkg 22 30 $32,883 $35,010
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4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,481
$28,256
$33,852
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,895
$30,010
$36,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$500 / month
$607 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting. With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon. The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 31 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle Compact Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.1 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.4 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.4 55.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 34.3 35.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 37.6 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 57.8 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 94.5 90
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.0 37.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.2 56.7 56.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.2 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.5 110.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.6 72.4 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 62.2 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 185.6 185.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.8 - 27.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
60.6 - 50.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.0 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 11.1 x 0.35 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD -
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)
18.0 18.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 2.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 13.4 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 36.7 37.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P225/50VR17 P245/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P225/50VR17 P245/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3931 3470 3814
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 17 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 17 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 8.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 105 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6000 201 @ 7000 211 @ 4300
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4500 170 @ 4300 258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/- TBD - 2.4L/144 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 31 29
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.00 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.61 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 4.44 2.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 2.65 4.17
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.08 2.11
Trans Type
5 5 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.57 1.29
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.84
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sedan Wagon
Vehicle Name
Acura RDX Acura TSX Audi A4
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent 5-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent Trapezoidal Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 7.1 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 7 5
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
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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