Compare 2012 Audi A3 vs 2012 Lexus CT vs 2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Audi A3
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2012 Lexus CT
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2012 Toyota Prius
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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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FWD 4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CT 200h FWD 4-Door Hybrid 43 40 $27,633 $29,120
CT 200h FWD 4-Door Hybrid Premium 43 40 $30,133 $31,750
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5-Door HB Five
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius 5-Door HB Five 51 48 $27,744 $29,805
Prius 5-Door HB Four 51 48 $26,284 $28,235
Prius 5-Door HB One 51 48 $21,864 $23,015
Prius 5-Door HB Three 51 48 $23,799 $25,265
Prius 5-Door HB Two 51 48 $22,560 $24,000
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB 51 49 $30,721 $32,000
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB Advanced 51 49 $37,945 $39,525
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,361
$27,633
$27,744
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,270
$29,120
$29,805
Monthly Payment Estimate
$455 / month
$485 / month
$497 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway. The 2012 Lexus CT 200h is a surprisingly stylish, fun, and unexpected car, blending Lexus levels of refinement with superb hybrid gas mileage. It's the sole compact luxury hybrid hatch, but it offers good value and a new way of driving green. The 2012 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 43 mpg 51 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 40 mpg 48 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagons Compact Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 52.6 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.1 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.1 52.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 32.8 36.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.3 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 51.8 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.0 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 86.1 93.7
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.0 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 59.8 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 102.4 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.5 69.5 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 60.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.3 5.7 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
169.0 170.1 175.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 56.7 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
39.0 - TBD - 67.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.5 14.3 21.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 10.2 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)
12.3 x - TBD - 10.0 x - TBD - 10.0 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)
14.5 11.9 11.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.6 34.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.2 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P215/45R17 P215/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P215/45R17 P215/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D17 T135/80D16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3219 3206 3042
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 142 @ 4000 105 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 134 Combined 98 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 43 51
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 42 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 40 48
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 3.27 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously Variable Ratio Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 - TBD - - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 NA NA
Trans Type
6 1 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Lexus CT 200h Toyota Prius
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Four Link Independent Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 4.4 3.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 9 10
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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