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2012 Volkswagen GTI 2012 Acura TSX 2012 Audi A3
     
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 2dr HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 2dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 4dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 2dr HB DSG Autobahn
  • 4dr HB DSG Autobahn
Automatic
  • Automatic
  • Manual with Special Edition
  • Automatic with Special Edition
  • Automatic with Technology Package
  • V6 Automatic
  • V6 Automatic with Technology Package
4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus

Prices

MSRP $23,995 $30,010 $27,270
Invoice $23,035 $28,256 $25,361
Avg. Paid $18,068 $21,216 $20,543

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.2 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.3 8.6 8.5
Performance 8.5 7.7 8.7
Interior 9.2 8.2 8.0
Operating Cost 7.9 7.9 7.8
Safety 9.7 10.0 10.0
Reliability 2.0 3.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • First-rate interior materials
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Responsive turbocharged engine
  • Great fuel economy
  • Powerful, smooth V6 engine
  • Impressive interior build quality
  • Supportive, spacious front seats
  • Long list of standard features
  • A3 TDI’s impressive fuel economy
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Controlled handling
Cons
  • Low reliability rating
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Complicated navigation system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 22 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback 4 Door Sedan Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 106.5 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 185.6 169.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 72.4 78.5
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 56.7 56.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 3470 3219

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Power Driver 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.) 93.5 94.5 89.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 37.6 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.4 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 57.8 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.6 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.0 36.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 34.3 34.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 56.1 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.2 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0 39.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Optional

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag 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
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.4L/144 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 201 @ 7000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 170 @ 4300 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Turning diameter 35.8 36.7 35.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 31 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 18.5 14.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

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