Compare 2012 Acura ZDX vs 2012 Audi A7 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

2012 Acura ZDX
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2012 Audi A7
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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ZDX AWD 4-Door 16 23 $42,691 $46,120
ZDX AWD 4-Door Advance Pkg 16 23 $52,346 $56,670
ZDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 16 23 $46,809 $50,620
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4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A7 4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
A7 4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
A7 4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
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4-Door Sedan CLS 550 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLS-Class 4-Door Sedan CLS 550 4MATIC 16 25 $68,634 $73,800
CLS-Class 4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD 17 25 $66,309 $71,300
CLS-Class 4-Door Sedan CLS 63 AMG RWD 16 25 $88,257 $94,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,691
$55,103
$68,634
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,120
$59,250
$73,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$769 / month
$988 / month
$1230 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
9.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy. Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Midsize Cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 37.0 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 36.9 36.9
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 57.2 57.1
Second Head Room (in)
35.3 36.6 36.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91.2 - TBD - 104.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 55.9 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 41.3 42.1
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 4 4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.5 75.2 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
67.7 64.7 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
192.4 195.6 194.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - -
Height, Overall (in)
62.8 55.9 55.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.7 64.4 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.3 114.7 113.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
55.8 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
26.3 - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 24.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- - 15.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 14.0 x - TBD - 14.2 x 1.4
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)
13.1 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.0
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.0 19.8 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 15.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 39.0 37.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 - TBD - 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/50HR19 P255/45R18 P285/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50HR19 P255/45R18 P255/40R18
Spare Tire Size
T165/80D17 Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4424 4210 4158
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 4.0 Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x - TBD - 18 x 9.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 190 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 4500 325 @ 2900-4500 443 @ 1600-4750
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.7L/224 3.0L/183 4.6L/285
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6300 310 @ 5500-6500 402 @ 5000-5750
Engine Type
Gas V6 Supercharged Gas V6 Gas V8
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 22 19
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.71 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84 0.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 2.11 1.92
Trans Type
6 8 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.32 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.25 2.85 2.47
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 1.00 0.82
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura ZDX Audi A7 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Trapezoidal-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Five-link MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.3 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 8.5 -
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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