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2010 Acura TL Review

The 2010 Acura TL can be configured as a comfortable luxury cruiser or as a more athletic and agile sport sedan. Additionally, the TL comes with a high-tech, comfortable interior, making it a strong choice among 2010 upscale midsize cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding safety scores
  • AWD model’s good handling
  • High-tech, modern interior
  • Confusing center stack




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2010 Acura TL Overview

When it was new, critics said that once you get past the controversial front grille, the 2010 Acura TL has a lot to like, including its refined handling and upscale interior. Front-wheel drive variants are tuned more for comfort, while those equipped with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) are sportier and have a bit more power. The TL earns excellent safety scores for the class.

Front-wheel drive TLs are powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, and some critics said this configuration feels almost as fast as the more powerful AWD version. Those with AWD have a larger, 3.7-liter V6 that puts out 305 horsepower. Though it may not be much faster than the base model, critics said the AWD system does a lot to sharpen the TL’s handling, making it a must-have for driving enthusiasts. The AWD TL is also available with a manual transmission, which was new for 2010. Fuel economy for front-wheel drive versions is 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class, while all-wheel drive models have slightly lower estimates. Front-wheel drive models can carry 13.1 cubic feet of cargo, while AWD versions have slightly less cargo space.

Inside, critics generally liked the TL’s cabin, which is modern and high-tech. Most said the TL has good fit and finish, and its standard leather seats are comfortable and supportive, especially the more heavily-bolstered front buckets in AWD models. However, some critics noted that the TL’s button-heavy center stack may be confusing at first. All TLs come standard with a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port and an eight-speaker stereo. An available technology package adds navigation, a backup camera, an upgraded stereo and a solar-sensing climate system.

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Other Cars to Consider

Critics said the 2010 Audi A4 has a well-made, upscale interior and performs fairly well, despite having one of the least powerful engines in the class. Like the TL, the A4 comes with either front- or all-wheel drive, the latter of which offers reassuring grip in inclement weather and better cornering ability.

The 2010 Cadillac CTS has a great suspension that feels both agile and composed, according to test drivers. In addition to confident handling and a powerful base engine, critics felt that the CTS’s rear-wheel drive platform was more performance-oriented than the base front-wheel drive TL.

Compare the TL to the A4 and CTS »


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