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2011 Acura TL Comfort & Quality

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The deep, round gauges and hooded central screen—the first details you notice when you step into the deeply bolstered driver's seat in the 2011 Acura TL—are complemented by straightforward controls below and a selection dial for screen functions that's not too low from the line of vision.

Thanks to its Honda Accord roots, the TL has excellent passenger space front and back, with enough space for three adults in the back seat. The interior was appointed with supple leather and seats with generous proportions, giving good thigh support but not quite enough lateral support for serious high-performance driving.

There's only one functional disappointment: With 13.1 cubic feet of space in the trunk, the TL is a bit short of some of its competition.

The 2011 Acura TL has more passenger comfort and functionality than most other luxosedans this size—plus a tight, high-quality feel.

Build quality is typically Acura, with solid materials and close tolerances, though there aren't as many options or upgrades as you'll find at brands like BMW, Mercedes, or Lexus.

The TL's cabin also feels tight and free of wind noise, and even on the coarsest pavement surfaces we noticed very little road noise—definitely less than the M37 or Cadillac CTS. The big 19-inch wheels, however, give the SH-AWD a particularly rough ride over irregular surfaces, a problem not evidenced in the base model, which is more comfortable for most purposes.

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