Compare 2012 Acura RDX vs 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman vs 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

2012 Acura RDX
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2012 MINI Cooper Countryman
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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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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AWD 4-Door S ALL4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cooper Countryman AWD 4-Door S ALL4 25 31 $24,345 $27,050
Cooper Countryman FWD 4-Door 27 35 $19,575 $21,750
Cooper Countryman FWD 4-Door S 26 32 $22,815 $25,350
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2WD 4-Door Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dynaudio 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,481
$24,345
$24,168
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,895
$27,050
$25,175
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$451 / month
$420 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
7.8
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. The 2012 MINI Countryman brings the right mix of sport, utility, and comfort to the compact crossover game. It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 25 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 31 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle Compact 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 33.8 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.9 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 52.8 56.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 - TBD - 95.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.5 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 52.1 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 40.4 40.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61.1 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 102.2 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.6 70.4 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 - TBD - 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 161.8 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.2 61.5 66.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.8 - 23.8
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 - 56.1
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 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 41.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 12.2 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.5
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 - 12.1 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
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 12.4 16.8
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 - TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 14.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 38.1 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55VR18 205/55R17 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA N/A NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55VR18 205/55R17 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA N/A NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA 2200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA 2200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA 220
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA 330
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3931 3208 3433
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 5.8 11.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas 4-Cyl Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4500 177 @ 1600 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/- TBD - 1.6L/98 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6000 181 @ 5500 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 28 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 31 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 25 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.23 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.13 2.30
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 3.71 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.14 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.82 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 3.31 3.95
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.48 1.56
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.95 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Acura RDX MINI Cooper Countryman Volkswagen Tiguan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-link Four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 6.5 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6 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
-- - --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- - --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- - --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- - --
Rollover Rating
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