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
Boldly styled and laden with high-tech features, the 2010 Acura TL is a solid value, though enthusiasts might find its overall ability lacking.
The 2010 Audi A4 satisfies a wide spectrum of luxury-car shoppers; the optional Drive Select system's an expensive, unnecessary distraction.
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.
The 2010 Cadillac CTS takes an edgy, American approach to European performance-and style, with the stunning CTS Sport Wagon.
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.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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