Compare 2009 Acura RL vs 2009 Cadillac STS

2009 Acura RL
2009 Cadillac STS
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RL 4-Door Sedan 16 22 $41,935 $46,680
RL 4-Door Sedan Tech Pkg 16 22 $45,180 $50,300
RL 4-Door Sedan Tech/CMBS w/PAX 16 22 $48,588 $54,100
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4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
STS 4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA 17 26 $44,034 $46,845
STS 4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SB 17 26 $44,034 $46,845
STS 4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA 17 26 $44,034 $46,845
STS 4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SB 17 26 $44,034 $46,845
STS 4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC 17 26 $44,034 $46,845
STS 4-Door Sedan V8 AWD w/1SG 15 22 $52,964 $56,345
STS 4-Door Sedan V8 RWD w/1SE 15 24 $52,964 $56,345
STS 4-Door Sedan V8 RWD w/1SG 15 24 $52,964 $56,345
STS-V 4-Door Sedan 13 19 $76,069 $81,795
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,935
$44,034
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,680
$46,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$778 / month
$781 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition. The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.1 102.9
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 55.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.3
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 116.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
195.8 196.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 13.8
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.9 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.4 17
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 18.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.7 36.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA SGC
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/50SR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QKP
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/50SR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QKP
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4083 4125
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 10.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
271 @ 5000 272 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA LLT
Displacement
3.7L/224 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6300 302 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
PGM-FI DI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.06
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.55
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.20
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA MX7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura RL Cadillac STS
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.94
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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