Compare 2012 Audi A6 vs 2012 INFINITI M vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 Audi A6
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2012 INFINITI M
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 25 33 $38,782 $41,700
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 25 33 $38,782 $41,700
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium Plus 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Prestige 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
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4-Door Sedan RWD Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M35h 4-Door Sedan RWD Hybrid 27 32 $49,706 $53,700
M37 4-Door Sedan AWD 17 24 $46,149 $49,850
M37 4-Door Sedan RWD 18 26 $44,163 $47,700
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2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 550 RWD 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 4MATIC 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 550 RWD 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury BlueTEC RWD 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport BlueTEC RWD 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport RWD 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport 4MATIC 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 63 AMG RWD 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,782
$49,706
$53,680
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,700
$53,700
$57,720
Monthly Payment Estimate
$695 / month
$895 / month
$962 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
9.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders. The 2012 Infiniti M sedans are true super-sedans, delivering sharp handling, scorching performance, and impressive comfort, with a beautiful but not overwrought design inside and out. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 27 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 32 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 36.2 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 39.1 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.4 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.2 103.6 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.7 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.7 48.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 44.4 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.8 72.6 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64.1 62.0 60.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 6.0 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
193.9 194.7 185.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 59.1 55.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.7 61.8 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 114.2 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.1 11.3 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.1 12.7 x 1.3
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.6 11.8 x 0.9
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)
19.8 17.8 22.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.09 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 16.9 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.7 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 P245/50VR18 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 P245/50VR18 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/80R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3682 4129 3948
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 4.0 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 150 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 - TBD - 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code
NA VQ35HR NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 360 combined 302 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 29 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 27 18
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.87 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.83-0.61 4.78 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.98 1.92
Trans Type
1 7 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.63 3.86 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.10 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 2.61 2.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.78 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A6 INFINITI M35h Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Body Style
Sedan 4-door Sedan Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Four-Link Independent Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.5 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 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
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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