Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Cadillac CTS

2012 Acura TL
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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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
$38,381

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$35,705
$40,615

Monthly Payment Estimate

$595 / month
$677 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
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. 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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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

29 mpg 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Mid-Size Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

54.8 47.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.2 56.0

Passenger Volume (ft³)

98.2 99.0

Second Head Room (in)

36.7 34.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.2 50.9

Front Leg Room (in)

42.5 42.4

Passenger Capacity

5 4

Front Hip Room (in)

55.7 54.5

Second Leg Room (in)

36.2 35.0

Front Head Room (in)

38.4 36.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

63.2 62.0

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.1 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

194.0 188.5

Height, Overall (in)

57.2 56.0

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.8 63.0

Wheelbase (in)

109.3 113.4

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

74.0 74.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.1 10.5

Brakes

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)

13.2 x - TBD - 12.4 x 0.9

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 x - TBD - 12.4 x 1.2

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.5 18.0

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - 19.1

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.4 36.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.26

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA QYO

Front Tire Size

P245/50VR17 P235/50R18

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA QYO

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/50VR17 P265/45R18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3726 4096

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 18 x 8.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 18 x 9.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - NA

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 10.9

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

254 @ 5000 275 @ 4900

Engine Order Code

NA LFX

Displacement

3.5L/212 3.6L/217

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

280 @ 6200 318 @ 6800

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

29 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 21

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.49 1.55

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.75 0.85

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.27 3.06

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.10 2.37

Trans Order Code

NA MX7

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.72 3.23

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.07 1.16

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.56 0.67

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.36 4.06

Summary

Vehicle Name

Acura TL Cadillac CTS Coupe

Body Style

4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.18 1.30

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Double Wishbone Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.75 0.94

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 4

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

8.1 8.9

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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