2009 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2009 Acura TL

The Audi A4, also redesigned for 2009, is a front-wheel-drive-biased vehicle just like the TL, but Audi has taken great pains to move its mass rearward and make it a sportier, more engaging drive—and they succeeded.

BMW's 3-Series is the benchmark for its class due to its magical ride/handling combination, but it's a tighter fit inside and options are pricey.

The Cadillac CTS presents as strong a styling statement as the TL, yet does so in an appealing way; rear-wheel drive, a well-sorted chassis, great powertrains, and a sumptuous interior complete a compelling package.

Starting in the low thirties, yet with an interior that comes within inches of a Mercedes S550 for richness and room, the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is the value leader here, but soft handling means it won't win in the slalom.

Volkswagen's Passat also brings great value and a stunning interior to the table, but just like the TL, its front-wheel-drive setup won't thrill driving enthusiasts.

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2009 Cadillac CTS RWD w/1SA2009 Cadillac CTS
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2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW 3-Series
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GL2003 Volkswagen Passat
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2009 Acura TL is a great choice for those who value superb audio, high-tech features, and Honda reliability; serious driving enthusiasts are wise to cross-shop the rear-wheel-drive competition, and buyers who prefer restrained styling need not apply.
8.2
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis is a power play for luxury credibility-and it's just about the equal of mid-size luxury rivals from Lexus and Infiniti.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
8.6
The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
8.6
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
MSRP From     
$34,955$22,000$30,700$36,560$32,700$21,750
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I6Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeSubcompactCompactMid-SizeCompactMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2WD2-Door 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODCVTManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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