The Audi A4, also redesigned for 2009, is a front-wheel-drive-biased vehicle just like the TL, but Audi has taken great pains to move its mass rearward and make it a sportier, more engaging drive—and they succeeded.
BMW's 3-Series is the benchmark for its class due to its magical ride/handling combination, but it's a tighter fit inside and options are pricey.
The Cadillac CTS presents as strong a styling statement as the TL, yet does so in an appealing way; rear-wheel drive, a well-sorted chassis, great powertrains, and a sumptuous interior complete a compelling package.
Starting in the low thirties, yet with an interior that comes within inches of a Mercedes S550 for richness and room, the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is the value leader here, but soft handling means it won't win in the slalom.
Volkswagen's Passat also brings great value and a stunning interior to the table, but just like the TL, its front-wheel-drive setup won't thrill driving enthusiasts.
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|2009 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2009 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2003 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan 2WD||4-Door Sedan 3.8L V6||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|Front-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2009 Acura TL vs. 2010 Hyundai Genesis||2009 Acura TL vs. 2009 Audi A4||2009 Acura TL vs. 2009 Cadillac CTS||2009 Acura TL vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series||2009 Acura TL vs. 2003 Volkswagen Passat|