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2009 Acura TL 2009 Lexus ES 2009 Mercedes-Benz C Class
     
2WD
  • 2WD
  • SH-AWD
  • 2WD w/Technology Package
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package and HPT
4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn
C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Luxury Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Sedan
  • C350 Sport Sedan

Prices

MSRP $34,955 $34,470 $32,900
Invoice $32,136 $31,253 $30,597
Avg. Paid $16,840 $16,795 $16,383

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 9.0 8.5
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.3 9.3
Performance 8.2 8.5 8.7
Interior 8.8 8.9 8.0
Operating Cost 7.5 7.7 7.3
Safety 10.0 9.1 9.0
Reliability 5.0 5.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good handling in AWD models
  • Upscale, modern interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Stellar safety and reliability scores
  • High-quality, luxurious cabin
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth, refined engine
  • Exceptional reliability
  • Refined, sporty ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Good reliability and safety ratings
Cons
  • Button-heavy center stack may be confusing for some
  • Polarizing looks
  • Too isolated and soft for some
  • Low safety ratings
  • Back seat somewhat cramped

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/210 Gas V6 3.0L/183
MPG 18 City / 26 Hwy 19 City / 27 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 109.3 109.3 108.7
Length, Overall (in) 195.3 191.1 182.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.0 71.7 69.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.2 57.1 56.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3708 3580 3527

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Optional
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Optional
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.2 95.4 88.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 37.4 37.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 42.2 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.1 57.3 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.7 55.9 52.3
Second Head Room (in) 36.7 36.8 36.9
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 35.9 33.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2 56.3 55.0
Second Hip Room (in) 54.8 52.8 54.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.1 14.7 12.4

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Optional
CD Changer Standard Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Standard Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Optional Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/210 3.0L/183
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 280 @ - TBD - 272 @ 6200 228 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 254 @ - TBD - 254 @ 4700 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic Manual
Turning diameter 19.2 36.7 35.6

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 (Est) 19 18 (2008)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 (Est) 27 26 (2008)
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5 17.4

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Dual-Link Multi-link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Optional
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard