Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Acura TL
2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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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 C 250 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 4MATIC 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 RWD 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Luxury RWD 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,526
$34,615
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,705
$37,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$595 / month
$620 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
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. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.2 81.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 50.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.0 180.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 11.7
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 - - TBD -
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 - - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 17.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P245/40R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3419
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
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 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
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 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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