Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Buick Lacrosse vs 2012 Lexus ES

2012 Acura TL
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2012 Buick Lacrosse
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2012 Lexus ES
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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 Sedan Base FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Base FWD 25 36 $28,963 $30,170
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Convenience FWD 25 36 $29,990 $31,240
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather AWD 16 26 $33,475 $34,870
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Leather FWD 25 36 $31,396 $32,705
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 1 AWD 16 26 $34,190 $35,615
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 1 FWD 25 36 $32,112 $33,450
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 2 AWD 16 26 $35,558 $37,040
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 2 FWD 17 27 $33,470 $34,865
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium 3 FWD 17 27 $34,833 $36,285
LaCrosse 4-Door Sedan Touring FWD 17 27 $37,267 $38,820
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ES 350 4-Door Sedan 19 28 $34,400 $36,725

Pricing

Invoice Price

$33,526
$28,963
$34,400

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$35,705
$30,170
$36,725

Monthly Payment Estimate

$595 / month
$503 / month
$612 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
8.2
7.8

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. As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget. The 2012 Lexus ES 350 is a great pick for those who want a lavish interior and the latest in-car tech, but place a priority on comfort over cornering performance.

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Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 25 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

29 mpg 36 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Mid-Size Midsize Cars Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

54.8 53.9 53.8

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.2 57.4 57.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

98.2 100.0 95.4

Second Head Room (in)

36.7 37.3 36.8

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.2 56.0 56.3

Front Leg Room (in)

42.5 41.7 42.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

55.7 55.2 55.9

Second Leg Room (in)

36.2 40.5 35.9

Front Head Room (in)

38.4 38.0 37.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

63.2 61.7 62.0

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.1 - TBD - - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

194.0 196.9 191.7

Height, Overall (in)

57.2 59.2 56.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.8 62.0 61.6

Wheelbase (in)

109.3 111.7 109.3

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

74.0 73.1 71.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.1 10.8 14.8

Brakes

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 - 12.4 x 0.9 11.1 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion

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 - 12.6 x 1.2 11.7 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.5 15.7 18.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - 15.2 16.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.4 38.8 36.7

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.75 3.2

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA RAF NA

Front Tire Size

P245/50VR17 P235/50R17 P215/55R17

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA RAF NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/50VR17 P235/50R17 P215/55R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 100 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 150 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA 1000 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA 1000 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3726 3829 3605

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - NA Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 9.6 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 438 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 120 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

254 @ 5000 172 @ 4900 248 @ 4700

Engine Order Code

NA LUK NA

Displacement

3.5L/212 2.4/145 3.5L/210

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

280 @ 6200 182 @ 6700 268 @ 6200

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

29 36 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 25 19

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 29 22

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.49 1.91 1.42

Trans Type

6 6 6

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.75 1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.27 2.84 4.14

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.10 2.96 1.90

Trans Order Code

NA MHH NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.72 2.64 3.68

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.07 1.45 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/manual shift Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.56 0.75 0.60

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.36 4.58 3.30

Summary

Vehicle Name

Acura TL Buick LaCrosse Lexus ES 350

Body Style

4 Door Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - NA - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.18 NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link 4-Link Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA Dual-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.75 NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA MacPherson Strut

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 7 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.1 6.3 8.3

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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