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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The TL's cabin is quite roomy
Interior storage space is good
this car feels far more upscale than the previous one did
Car and Driver
Cabin space is good, and passenger room front and rear are both ample, with comfortable, supportive seats at all positions. With 13.1 cubic feet of space in the trunk, the 2010 Acura TL is a bit short of some of its competition, but still ahead of the previous-generation TL. 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.
Inside the 2010 Acura TL you can expect to find what Edmunds calls a "spacious cabin." Automobile Magazine reviewers like the front seats, commenting that the "comfortable seats embrace you with deep side bolsters," and as befits Acura's upscale image, "both front seats are power, with memory for the driver's side." Cars.com agrees that "the front seats [are] both comfortable and supportive." ConsumerGuide reports that "headroom is good" inside the 2010 Acura TL, while Motor Trend moves to the backseat, noting that "the new TL provides noticeably more rear-seat legroom than the outgoing car." In comparison to some of the Acura TL's chief rivals, Cars.com finds the backseat is "vastly roomier than any of the competition from BMW, Audi, Cadillac or Infiniti."
The 2010 Acura TL makes its case as a practical family vehicle in addition to offering sporty handling, thanks to its decent storage volume. Inside the cabin, ConsumerGuide has few complaints, saying that "interior storage space is good" on the 2010 TL. Edmunds reports that the "trunk holds 13.1 cubic feet of luggage, a bit less than typical" for the class but not too low to make it impractical. Even though the TL's trunk size is slightly below the class average, ConsumerGuide finds that "trunk space has been increased," but also observes that a "rise in the trunk floor...robs most of the gains."
The interior of the 2010 Acura TL offers what Edmunds calls a "spacious cabin." Cars.com finds that "the front seats [are] both comfortable and supportive," and Automobile Magazine reviewers agree that up front, the "comfortable seats embrace you with deep side bolsters," and as you'd expect from a luxury car, "both front seats are power, with memory for the driver's side." Reviewers are equally satisfied with the rear-seat accommodations of the Acura TL. ConsumerGuide reports that "headroom is good" inside the 2010 Acura TL, while Motor Trend notes that "the new TL provides noticeably more rear-seat legroom than the outgoing car." Cars.com puts it ahead of chief rivals, saying that the backseat is "vastly roomier than any of the competition from BMW, Audi, Cadillac or Infiniti."
If cabin noise levels are any indication-and they are-the Acura TL's build quality is top-notch. Cars.com pays a compliment when it says the latest TL is "almost Lexus-silent," while Motor Trend notes that the Acura TL "immediately impresses with its quiet." The higher-performance SH-AWD brings a noise penalty, however, as these "versions suffer from road and tire noise that are excessive for the class," according to ConsumerGuide.
The 2010 Acura TL is fun enough to keep drivers engaged, but still comfortable and well-built for the long haul.