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2011 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

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2011 Acura TL 4-door Sedan 2WD Tech Angular Front Exterior View
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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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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.
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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.
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The 2011 Buick LaCrosse hits new levels of style, sophistication, and driving engagement without alienating the brand's comfort-oriented customer base.
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The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
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We’ve always wanted a sedan as sleek and comfortable as this—but if the Regal’s going to wear a Buick badge, it probably needs more room and more power.
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The 2011 Audi A6 is elegant and agile, although its cabin design is looking somewhat dated.
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Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas L4Gas I6Gas L4Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize CarsMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan CXL RL5 (Oshawa)4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously Variable Ratio
 
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