2011 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2011 Acura TL 4-door Sedan 2WD Tech Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Audi A4 remains a front- or all-wheel-drive sedan just like the TL, but Audi goes to great lengths to move its mass rearward and successfully crafts it into a sportier, more engaging drive.

The Cadillac CTS presents as strong a styling statement as the TL, yet does so in a more appealing way; its well-sorted, rear-wheel-drive chassis, great powertrains, and sumptuous interior complete the CTS's compelling package.

Looking somewhat outside the traditional box and starting in the low $30,000 range, yet with an interior that's sized within inches of a Mercedes S550, the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is the clear value leader here, but soft handling means it won't win the driver's vote.

Another slightly off-the-radar pick might be the Nissan Maxima; Nissan calls the latest Maxima a four-door sports car, but it’s really more like the TL, with a V-6, front-wheel drive, and a nice ride and beautiful interior above all else.

VW’s CC sedan is also an attractive pick for style mavens; its base four-cylinder engine gets great mileage, too, but it’s not at all a sport sedan.

Sportier picks in this size range might also include the Lexus GS, and the newly redesigned Infiniti M37, which comes in an all-wheel-drive M37x variant.

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Quick Specs
8.0
If the bold exterior is to your liking, the 2011 Acura TL is a solid luxury value—and the SH-AWD has true sport-sedan chops.
8.4
The 2011 Lincoln MKZ has a foot in both luxury worlds, with buttery leather and wood for traditionalists, and hybrid power with flower petals for the high-minded greens.
8.0
The 2011 Volkswagen CC has performance that doesn't altogether match its sexy shape, and seating space is disappointing, but otherwise there's a lot to like.
8.4
Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
8.6
The 2011 Volvo S80 is safe and secure, fashion-forward, and just right for affluent families.
7.8
If you can do without a luxury logo, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis provides performance, features, and comfort—including impressive detailing—to match premium-brand sedans costing much more.
MSRP From     
$35,305$34,645$28,200$35,345$37,150$33,000
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMidsize CarsCompactMid-SizeMidsizeLarge car
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD4-Door Sedan Manual Sport4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD w/Moonroof4-Door Sedan V6
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODContinuously variable ratioManualManualAutomatic,Automatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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