The Audi A4, also new in 2009, is a front-biased, all-wheel-drive-biased sedan just like the TL, but Audi goes to great lengths to move its mass rearward and successfully crafts it into a sportier, more engaging drive.
BMW's 3-Series is the benchmark for the class due to its fantastic ride/handling combination, but it's not as roomy and doesn't offer the same dollar-for-dollar value.
The Cadillac CTS presents as strong a styling statement as the TL, yet does so in a more appealing way; its well-sorted, rear-wheel-drive chassis, great powertrains, and sumptuous interior complete the CTS's compelling package.
Looking somewhat outside the traditional box and starting in the low $30,000 range, yet with an interior that's sized within inches of a Mercedes S550, the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is the clear value leader here, but soft handling means it won't win the driver's vote.
The Volkswagen Passat also brings strong value and a stylish interior to the table, but like the TL, its front-wheel-drive setup doesn't give it the performance many buyers are seeking.
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|2010 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2010 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2010 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2010 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings||2003 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan 2WD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD||2-Door 2.0T Manual||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sdn|
|Automatic w/OD||CVT||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2010 Acura TL vs. 2010 Audi A4||2010 Acura TL vs. 2010 BMW 3-Series||2010 Acura TL vs. 2010 Cadillac CTS||2010 Acura TL vs. 2010 Hyundai Genesis||2010 Acura TL vs. 2003 Volkswagen Passat|