Starting at $35,605 for a very well-equipped base model with front-wheel drive, the 2012 Acura TL costs somewhat more than similarly equipped Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, or even Audi A4 models.
And it's truly a step up from those models, closer to the E-Class, 5-Series, and A6.
Yet unlike most of those sport sedans, the Acura TL remains a front- or all-wheel-drive sedan.
In recent years Audi has gone to lengths to move mass on its vehicles rearward and craft its vehicles into more traditional sport sedans.
Another top rival--but for a different type of shopper--is the Cadillac CTS; its well-sorted, rear-wheel-drive chassis, great powertrains, and sumptuous interior all appeal to traditionalists and those who want seriously good handling.
Another slightly off-the-radar pick might be the Nissan Maxima; Nissan calls the latest Maxima a four-door sports car, but it’s really more like the TL, with a V-6, front-wheel drive, and a nice ride and beautiful interior above all else.
VW’s CC sedan is also an attractive pick for style mavens; its base four-cylinder engine gets great mileage, too, but it’s not at all a sport sedan.
The rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is another luxury value leader; although its interior is up to par with the TL in many respects, the comparable V-6 version won't get a nod from serious performance fans.
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|2012 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2012 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen CCBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD||4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV|
|Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Automatic||Continuously Variable||Manual|
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