2013 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2013 Acura TL
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Acura TL fits mostly between rungs of the luxury- and sport-sedan market.

In base front-wheel-drive form, it costs a bit more than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, or even Audi A4--and it's bigger than all of those.

It's closer to the size of the E-Class, 5-Series, and A6, yet it costs quite a bit less than any of them--unless you load up a TL SH-AWD.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon2013 Cadillac CTS
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2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan C250 Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2013 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2013 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
Strikingly handsome, fun to drive, well-built, and competitive on pricing and features, the 2013 Cadillac CTS continues the brand's good reputation.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC sacrifices some practicality in the name of fashion, and feels like a luxury car in many respects.
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17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
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Mid-SizeCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompactMidsize CarsCompact
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4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Manual Sport
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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SedanSedan2 Door Coupe4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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