Used Car: 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.
The 2010 Acura TL is ranked:
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 also has a great reliability score and an outstanding safety score.
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.
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. While both cars earn exceptional safety scores, the TL’s reliability rating is much better than the A4’s.
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. In terms of safety and reliability, the TL and CTS are well-matched, since both cars earn impressive scores.