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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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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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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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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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.
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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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MSRP From     
$35,305$45,050$48,850$34,645$27,130$74,000
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas L4Gas V8
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMid-SizeSubcompact CarsMidsize CarsMid-SizeLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan CLS 550
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554554
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODContinuously variable ratioAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic