Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Audi A4 vs 2012 Cadillac CTS

2012 Acura TL
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2012 Audi A4
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2012 Cadillac CTS
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4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD 20 29 $33,526 $35,705
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Advance 20 29 $39,015 $41,635
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Tech 20 29 $36,979 $39,435
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD 18 26 $36,812 $39,255
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD Advance 18 26 $42,300 $45,185
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD Tech 18 26 $40,264 $42,985
TL 4-Door Sedan Manual SH-AWD Tech 17 25 $40,264 $42,985
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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
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2-Door Coupe AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe AWD 18 27 $38,381 $40,615
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Performance AWD 18 27 $43,328 $45,850
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Performance RWD 18 27 $41,532 $43,950
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Premium AWD 18 27 $47,297 $50,050
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Premium RWD 18 27 $45,501 $48,150
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe RWD 18 27 $36,585 $38,715
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD 18 27 $36,963 $39,115
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury AWD 18 27 $39,926 $42,250
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD 16 26 $36,902 $39,050
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD 16 26 $33,939 $35,915
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Performance AWD 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Performance RWD 18 27 $39,964 $42,290
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Premium AWD 18 26 $47,429 $50,190
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Premium RWD 18 27 $45,634 $48,290
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L AWD 18 26 $38,664 $40,915
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L Luxury AWD 18 26 $41,627 $44,050
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L Luxury RWD 18 27 $39,831 $42,150
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L RWD 18 27 $36,869 $39,015
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Performance AWD 18 26 $43,555 $46,090
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Performance RWD 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Premium AWD 18 26 $48,809 $51,650
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Premium RWD 18 26 $47,013 $49,750
CTS-V Coupe 2-Door Coupe 14 19 $59,106 $63,215
CTS-V Sedan 4-Door Sedan 14 19 $59,106 $63,215
CTS-V Wagon 5-Door Wgn 6.2L 14 19 $59,106 $63,215
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,526
$33,852
$38,381
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,705
$36,400
$40,615
Monthly Payment Estimate
$595 / month
$607 / month
$677 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan. 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. It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 29 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Small Station Wagons Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.8 36.9
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 - TBD - 47.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.5 56.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.2 90 99.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.4 34.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 54.3 50.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 41.3 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 - TBD - 54.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 35.2 35.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 61.6 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.0 185.2 188.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 56.5 56.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 61.1 63.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110.6 113.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 71.9 74.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 - 10.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 50.5 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 27.6 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD - -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD - 12.4 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 12.4 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.9 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.3 19.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 37.7 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - 3.26
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA QYO
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P245/45R17 P235/50R18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA QYO
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P245/45R17 P265/45R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3814 4096
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - 10.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000 258 @ 1500 275 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
NA NA LFX
Displacement
3.5L/212 2.0L/121 3.6L/217
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 211 @ 4300 318 @ 6800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 1.00 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.17 4.06
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 2.11 1.55
Trans Type
6 8 6
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.29 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.32 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 3.14 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA MX7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72 2.85 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.67 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Audi A4 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Wagon 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD - 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Trapezoidal Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone 5-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD - 0.94
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.8 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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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