Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Cadillac CTS

2012 Acura TL
2012 Cadillac CTS
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4-Door Sedan 2WD Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2WD Automatic 20 29 $33,526 $35,705
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Automatic 18 26 $36,812 $39,255
4-Door Sedan 2WD Tech Automatic 20 29 $36,979 $39,435
4-Door Sedan 2WD Advance Automatic 20 29 $39,015 $41,635
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Automatic 18 26 $40,264 $42,985
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Tech Manual 17 25 $40,264 $42,985
4-Door Sedan SH-AWD Advance Automatic 18 26 $42,300 $45,185
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD 16 26 $33,939 $35,915
2-Door Coupe RWD 18 27 $36,585 $38,715
5-Door Wagon 3.0L RWD 18 27 $36,869 $39,015
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD Luxury 16 26 $36,902 $39,050
4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD 18 27 $36,963 $39,115
2-Door Coupe AWD 18 27 $38,381 $40,615
5-Door Wagon 3.0L AWD 18 26 $38,664 $40,915
5-Door Wagon 3.0L RWD Luxury 18 27 $39,831 $42,150
4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD Luxury 18 27 $39,926 $42,250
4-Door Sedan 3.6L RWD Performance 18 27 $39,964 $42,290
2-Door Coupe RWD Performance 18 27 $41,532 $43,950
5-Door Wagon 3.0L AWD Luxury 18 26 $41,627 $44,050
4-Door Sedan 3.6L AWD Performance 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
5-Door Wagon 3.6L RWD Performance 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
2-Door Coupe AWD Performance 18 27 $43,328 $45,850
5-Door Wagon 3.6L AWD Performance 18 26 $43,555 $46,090
2-Door Coupe RWD Premium 18 27 $45,501 $48,150
4-Door Sedan 3.6L RWD Premium 18 27 $45,634 $48,290
5-Door Wagon 3.6L RWD Premium 18 26 $47,013 $49,750
2-Door Coupe AWD Premium 18 27 $47,297 $50,050
4-Door Sedan 3.6L AWD Premium 18 26 $47,429 $50,190
5-Door Wagon 3.6L AWD Premium 18 26 $48,809 $51,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,526
$33,939
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,705
$35,915
Monthly Payment Estimate
$595 / month
$599 / 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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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.2 98.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 72.5
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.0 191.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 62.3
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 113.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 13.6
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 - TBD - 12.4 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x - TBD - 12.4 x 1.0
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P235/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QCH
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P235/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QCH
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3858
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SIDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000 223 @ 5700
Engine Order Code
NA LFW
Displacement
3.5L/212 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 270 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 16
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.42
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 1.53
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 2.33
Trans Order Code
NA MN6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Cadillac CTS Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 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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