Compare 2009 Acura RL vs 2009 Cadillac STS vs 2009 INFINITI M

2009 Acura RL
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2009 Cadillac STS
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2009 INFINITI M
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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
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4-Door Sedan AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M35 4-Door Sedan AWD 16 22 $44,267 $47,950
M35 4-Door Sedan RWD 17 25 $42,286 $45,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,935
$44,034
$44,267
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,680
$46,845
$47,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$778 / month
$781 / month
$799 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.6
8.6
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. The 2009 Infiniti M Series represents a compromise between sport and luxury—but a pleasant one that many shoppers should contemplate.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size 4-door Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 57.4 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.6 44.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 54.6 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 38.3 37.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.1 102.9 105.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.7 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 55.6 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.6 58.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.9 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.6 60.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.3 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 116.4 114.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 28.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 72.6 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 61.8 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
195.8 196.7 194.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 13.8 14.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0 12.1 x 0.6
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)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.9 x 1.3 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.4 17 20
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.7 36.9 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 38.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 18.2 16.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA QKP NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA SGC NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/50SR17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QKP NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/50SR17 P245/45VR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4083 4125 4058
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 10.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD - 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
PGM-FI DI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
271 @ 5000 272 @ 5200 262 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA LLT NA
Displacement
3.7L/224 3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6300 302 @ 6300 303 @ 6800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 26 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 3.23 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.16 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.06 3.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.55 1.53
Trans Type
5 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 0.85 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.20 2.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.37 2.35
Trans Order Code
NA MX7 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4-door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura RL Cadillac STS Infiniti M35
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double wishbone NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 1.3 - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5 4

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