2014 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2014 Acura TL
Davis Adams Davis Adams Contributor

The 2014 Acura TL lands somewhere between the realms of the sport- and luxury-sedan markets.

In its base form, it's a little more expensive and a little larger than the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

It's closer in size to the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but it's significantly less expensive than any of them–unless you option out a TL SH-AWD.

The Cadillac CTS makes for another solid rival.

It's offered with rear-wheel drive, great handling, and a variety of powertrains, and it's been redesigned for 2014.

The Nissan Maxima has a very similar personality to the base TL, with its front-drive and V-6 layout–and it has a really lovely interior, too.

The Hyundai Genesis sedan offers luxury at a value–and while its interior is about as good as the TL's, the V-6 performance just isn't quite as rewarding as the Acura's.

Finally, there's the VW CC, with its stylish interior and excellent gas mileage, but it's not a sports sedan in the least.

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The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.
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The 2014 Audi A4 and S4 are trim, tech-savvy alternatives to the usual German luxury sedans, and to one stunningly good American one.
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The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan scales up the ATS' handsome profile and spot-on handling, and tops it off with a winning Vsport edition.
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For those who have a want a value-oriented car that projects the right image, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a lot of sense.
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The 2014 Nissan Maxima isn't the enthusiast car it claims to be, but it is a more luxurious, more stylish option than many of its competitors.
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The 2014 Volkswagen CC eschews a little practicality in the name of fashion; but even some who need to use it as a sedan will find it a worthwhile compromise.
MSRP From     
$36,030$33,800$39,495$35,800$31,290$31,795
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
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4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Manual Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554555
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