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
M56 4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $57,096 $61,700
M56 4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $54,787 $59,200
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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 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 -

Second Leg Room (in)

37.4 36.2 32.9

Front Head Room (in)

37.2 39.1 40.2

Exterior Dimensions

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

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.8 72.6 75.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.1 11.3 11.5

Brakes

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

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.1 12.7 x 1.3

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.8 17.8 22.0

Steering

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

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.09 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Tires

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

Rear Tire Size

225/55R17 P245/50VR18 P255/40R17

Trailering

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

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3682 4129 3948

Wheels

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

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel Steel

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

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

Fuel System

Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 32 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

25 27 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 29 22

Transmission

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

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

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

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

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 7 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.7 6.5 8.3

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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