Compare 2012 Audi A8 vs 2012 Lexus LS vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2012 Audi A8
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2012 Lexus LS
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A8 4-Door Sedan 18 28 $73,237 $78,750
A8 L 4-Door Sedan W12 14 21 $124,157 $133,500
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4-Door Sedan AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LS 460 4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $64,339 $69,935
LS 460 4-Door Sedan L AWD 16 23 $69,443 $75,480
LS 460 4-Door Sedan L RWD 16 24 $67,323 $73,175
LS 460 4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $62,219 $67,630
LS 600h L 4-Door Sedan Hybrid 19 23 $103,732 $112,750
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4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$73,237
$64,339
$86,072
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,750
$69,935
$92,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1313 / month
$1166 / month
$1543 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel. The 2012 Lexus LS sedans combine executive-class interior appointments and long-haul comfort with noteworthy tech features; but driving enjoyment is missing. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 23 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize cars Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 38.0 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 56.9 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 43.7 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.4 60.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 35.8 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 38.0 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.5 60.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 58.5 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
115.1 103.0 109.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 63.6 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 116.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 73.8 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.6 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.5 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 199.2 206.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 18.0 16.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.0 x - TBD - 13.1 x - TBD - 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)
15.0 x - TBD - 14.0 x - TBD - 13.2 x 1.25
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 22.2 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 37.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 15.7 17.83
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact P235/50R18 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P235/50R18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P235/50R18 P255/45R18
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)
4409 4597 4784
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x 7.5 - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 357 @ 6400 240 @ 3600
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 344 @ 4100 455 @ 2400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 4.6L/281 3.0L/182
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 18 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 23 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 2.17 3.42
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.68 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.72 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.13 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.46 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.82 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.59 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.86 1.92
Trans Type
8 8 7
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Lexus LS 460 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Multi-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 10.2 8.5

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