Compare 2009 Acura TL vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2009 Acura TL
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2WD 18 26 $32,135 $34,955
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD 17 25 $35,391 $38,505
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech 18 26 $35,556 $38,685
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech 17 25 $38,811 $42,235
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech HPT 17 25 $39,728 $43,235
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,135
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,955
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$583 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Acura TL is a great choice for those who value superb audio, high-tech features, and Honda reliability; serious driving enthusiasts are wise to cross-shop the rear-wheel-drive competition, and buyers who prefer restrained styling need not apply.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.2 95
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
195.3 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 106.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 15
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 11.3 x 0.98
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)
13.1 x 0.4 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.0 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
19.2 37.4
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3708 3212
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.8 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ - TBD - 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
PGM-FI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ - TBD - 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 (Est) 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 (Est) 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- TBD - -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.43
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 3.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -

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