2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

9.8

Winner

Acura TL

starting from

$43,770

Reasons to buy the Acura TL

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Average number of gears
6
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Entertainment system
Standard
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OK performance
13.1 lb/hp
2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.5

Runner-up

Audi A4 Premium

starting from

$33,175
"A car defined by a high-quality interior"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's interior quality
"A decent-sized backseat and trunk"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's seating

Reasons to buy the Audi A4 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Ample cargo space
34.0 ft3
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Good highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 7.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the A4 Premium
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the A4 Premium
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio; in the A4 Premium, too, but it'll cost
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Room for more than 2.5x more stuff, 34.0 ft3 vs 12.5 ft3
  • The A4 Premium offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the TL
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 516 miles vs 481 miles
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $10,595 cheaper (more than 20% less), $33,175 vs $43,770
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.8 vs 9.5

Performance

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Audi A4 Premium Audi
A4 Premium
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM The TL is of average power, but the A4 Premium is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The TL has an OK number of gears, while the A4 Premium has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The TL 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the A4 Premium
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The A4 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp The TL has OK performance while the A4 Premium gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The TL will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the A4 Premium
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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TL
2012 Acura TL
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A4 Premium
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio; in the A4 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the A4 Premium

Practicality

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TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Audi A4 Premium Audi
A4 Premium
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 481 miles vs 516 miles The A4 Premium has good highway range and the TL is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.5 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the TL is OK, too
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3 The TL has roomy front seats and the A4 Premium is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The A4 Premium offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the TL
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the A4 Premium
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Audi A4 Premium Audi
A4 Premium
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MSRP $43,770 vs $33,175 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 22 mpg The A4 Premium has great city mileage and the TL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
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A4 Premium
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs None

Luxury Features

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TL
2012 Acura TL
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A4 Premium
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Audi A4 Premium Audi
A4 Premium
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 3 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Road Tests

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TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Audi A4 Premium Audi
A4 Premium
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 7.2 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 140 ft The TL 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the A4 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 15.6 s @ 92 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.9 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs 130 mph Both have a very low top speed

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