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 Leg Room (in)
36.2 40.5 35.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.0 37.4
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 73.1 71.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 10.8 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.2 11.7 x - TBD -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 15.7 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.75 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P235/50R17 P215/55R17
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3829 3605
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA Steel
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
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 29 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 36 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 25 19
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Buick LaCrosse Lexus ES 350
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA MacPherson Strut
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 6.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 7 5
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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