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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2009 Acura RL 2009 Audi A6
     
E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E320 BlueTEC Sedan
  • E550 Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Sedan
Automatic
  • Automatic
  • Automatic (Hawaii)
  • Automatic with Technology Package
  • Automatic with Technology and CMBS/PAX Packages
4dr Sdn 3.2L FrontTrak Premium
  • 4dr Sdn 3.2L FrontTrak Premium
  • 4dr Sdn 3.2L FrontTrak Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L quattro Premium
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L quattro Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L quattro Prestige
  • 4dr Sdn 4.2L quattro Prestige

Prices

MSRP $53,200 $46,680 $45,100
Invoice $49,476 $41,935 $41,943
Avg. Paid $20,739 $20,798 $19,330

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.2 8.8 8.5
Critics' Rating 9.7 8.6 8.8
Performance 9.2 8.4 8.6
Interior 9.0 8.9 8.4
Operating Cost 7.0 7.2 7.2
Safety 9.3 10.0 10.0
Reliability 5.0 5.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Comfortable, elegant interior
  • Exceptional reliability and good safety scores
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Numerous standard features
  • Outstanding reliability and safety scores
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Luxurious and roomy cabin
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • No V8 engine option
  • Small trunk
  • Low fuel economy rating
  • Audi’s multimedia system can be confusing
  • Underpowered base engine

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.7L/224 Gas V6 3.2L/191
MPG 17 City / 24 Hwy 16 City / 22 Hwy 18 City / 27 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 112.4 110.2 111.9
Length, Overall (in) 191.0 195.8 194.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 72.7 73.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.0 57.2 57.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3740 4083 - TBD -

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Keyless Start Optional 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 Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
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
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.2 99.1 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 38.5 40.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.4 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 58.5 57.1
Front Hip Room (in) 57.2 55.1 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.6 36.3 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 56.1 55.9
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 54.0 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.9 13.1 15.9

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Standard
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
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard
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 Standard 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 Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.7L/224 3.2L/191
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 268 @ 6000 300 @ 6300 255 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 2400 - 5000 271 @ 5000 243 @ 3250
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic CVT
Turning diameter 37.4 39.7 39.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 16 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 22 27
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 19.4 21.1

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front 4-Link Independent Four-Link
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Arm Multilink Independent Trapezoidal-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard Standard