Compare 2012 Acura TSX vs 2012 Audi A3 vs 2012 Buick Verano

2012 Acura TSX
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2012 Audi A3
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2012 Buick Verano
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 22 31 $28,256 $30,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Special Edition 22 31 $29,181 $31,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Tech Pkg 22 31 $31,125 $33,110
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual Special Edition 21 29 $29,181 $31,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic 19 28 $33,383 $35,550
TSX 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Tech Pkg 19 28 $36,252 $38,650
TSX Sport Wagon 5-Door Sport Wgn I4 Automatic 22 30 $29,505 $31,360
TSX Sport Wagon 5-Door Sport Wgn I4 Automatic Tech Pkg 22 30 $32,883 $35,010
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
A3 4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Verano 4-Door Sedan 21 32 $21,681 $22,585
Verano 4-Door Sedan Convenience Group 21 32 $22,833 $23,785
Verano 4-Door Sedan Leather Group 21 32 $24,926 $25,965
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,256
$25,361
$21,681
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,010
$27,270
$22,585
Monthly Payment Estimate
$500 / month
$455 / month
$376 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon. The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway. The 2012 Buick Verano is a comfortable compact sedan that feels like a luxury car but isn't priced like one.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Small Station Wagons Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
- - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 52.8 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.2 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 - TBD - 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.3 34.8 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 39.3 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
54.2 - TBD - 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 54.4 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.5 89.0 95.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 36.9 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 56.0 58.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 59.3 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.5 101.5 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 78.5 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 60.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 4.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
185.6 169.0 183.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.0 - 14.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 39.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 19.5 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.35 11.0 x - TBD - 11.5 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 14.5 15.6
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.4 16.2 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 35.1 36.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact T115/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA RJ0
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA ZAD
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/45R17 P235/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA RJ0
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/45R17 P235/45R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3470 3219 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact 16 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.7 9.1 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 140 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - 512
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 7000 200 @ 5100-6000 180 @ 6700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4300 207 @ 1800-5000 171 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
NA NA LEA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/121 2.4L/145
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30 32
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.99 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.09 2.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA MH8
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.94/3.09 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.10 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.93 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.36 4.58
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.47 1.91
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 1.11 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura TSX Audi A3 Buick Verano
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 - TBD - 1.00
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Four Link Z-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.8 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5 6

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