Compare Audi A6 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. Acura RL

Compare the Audi A6 against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Acura RL. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the A6, E-Class and RL stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new A6, E-Class and RL. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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Prices

MSRP $45,200 $48,600 $46,830
Invoice $42,036 $45,198 $42,470
Avg. Paid $16,127 $20,659 $17,507

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.1 8.7 8.9
Critics' Rating 8.9 9.5 8.8
Performance 8.6 8.6 8.5
Interior 8.5 9.2 8.5
Cost to Own 8.3 7.7 8.2
Safety 10.0 9.6 10.0
Reliability 5.0 4.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Top safety scores
  • Luxurious and roomy cabin
  • Excellent handling with available Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Supercharged V6 offers good power and fuel economy
  • Good balance of performance and comfort
  • Elegant and spacious interior
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • High-tech features
  • Outstanding safety ratings
Cons
  • Audi’s multimedia system can be hard to learn
  • Underpowered base engine
  • COMAND interface can be confusing
  • Not as sporty as some rivals
  • No V8 engine option
  • Low fuel economy ratings

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.2L/195 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.7L/224
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy 16 City / 22 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 111.9 113.1 110.2
Length, Overall (in) 193.5 191.7 195.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.0 75.9 72.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.4 57.7 57.2
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Canopy
Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Moonroof
Panoramic Roof Optional
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard Standard
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
T-Top
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3858 3825 4083

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
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Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard 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
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
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
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.2 - TBD - 99.1
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 37.9 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.3 42.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 57.8 58.5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 38.2 37.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 35.8 36.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 56.9 56.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 54.0
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.9 15.9 13.1
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette
CD Changer Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Optional Standard
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats
Leather Seats Standard Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat 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 Standard Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Optional
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats
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Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
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 Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
ABS
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision Optional
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning
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Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Supercharged
Turbocharged
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.2L/195 3.5L/213 3.7L/224
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 265 @ 6500 268 @ 6000 300 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 243 @ 3250 258 @ 2400 - 5000 271 @ 5000
Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 39.0 36.2 36.1

Fuel

Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 26 22
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 21.1 19.4

Suspension

Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Four-Link 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Trapezoidal-Link 5-arm Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Standard
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic
7-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.