The 2013 Acura TL fits mostly between rungs of the luxury- and sport-sedan market.
In base front-wheel-drive form, it costs a bit more than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, or even Audi A4--and it's bigger than all of those.
It's closer to the size of the E-Class, 5-Series, and A6, yet it costs quite a bit less than any of them--unless you load up a TL SH-AWD.
In recent years Audi has gone to lengths to move mass on its vehicles rearward and craft its vehicles into more traditional sport sedans.
Another top rival--but for a different type of shopper--is the Cadillac CTS; its well-sorted, rear-wheel-drive chassis, great powertrains, and sumptuous interior all appeal to traditionalists and those who want seriously good handling.
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.
The rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is another luxury value leader; although its interior is up to par with the TL in many respects, the comparable V-6 version won't get a nod from serious performance fans.
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.
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