The Lexus ES 350 is perhaps the most direct competitor to the Acura TL; both are front-wheel drive and offer a way to step up to the superior dealership experience of a luxury brand, although neither strays tremendously from its Camry and Accord roots.
The 2007 Acura TL also takes on the more docile of the German sports sedans, including the A4 and 3 Series, though both models are a bit more serious.
The TL’s interior stands out from the pack, with superior materials and a brighter, more exciting overall design; it’s also a bit roomier than either German rival.
All-wheel drive is fast becoming a differentiator in this class as well; the TL doesn’t yet have it, but it’s available in the A4 and the 3 Series, along with the Subaru Legacy GT, which takes on the sporty side of the TL.
There’s also the Nissan Maxima, a front-wheel-drive sport sedan that, like the TL, can disappoint hard-core performance enthusiasts who need to carve canyons; the Maxima’s interior is as attractive as the TL’s, though the lack of lux-brand cachet is a con.
|2007 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2009 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Lexus ES 350Browse Used Listings||2008 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan AT||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE|
|Front-Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||CVT||Manual||Manual||Automatic||Continously Variable|