2010 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2010 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Man SH-AWD Tech HPT Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
7.8
Boldly styled and laden with high-tech features, the 2010 Acura TL is a solid value, though enthusiasts might find its overall ability lacking.
8.6
The 2010 Audi S4 blasts its way into a performance war with BMW and Mercedes-Benz-and Lexus, Infiniti, and Cadillac-thanks to a big price cut and 333 supercharged horsepower.
8.4
The 2010 BMW 3-Series upholds its legacy of superb handling, excellent performance, and high quality, though small rear seats and fussy controls are minor flaws.
8.4
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is about as close as you can get to a four-door Corvette; Cadillac manages to beat top German sports sedans with a track-ready sedan that doesn’t forget about comfort.
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.
MSRP From     
$35,105$31,450$33,150$35,165$22,000$21,750
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeCompactCompactMid-SizeSubcompactMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD2-Door 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sdn
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVTManualManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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