Acceleration, front-seat comfort, fit and finish, fuel economy, reliability.
Steering feel, rear seat, small trunk opening.
The TL is a pleasant car, but doesn't excel in this class. Its high point is its powertrain: the slick and punchy 3.5-liter V6, teamed with a six-speed automatic, returns a good 24 mpg overall. We found the handling taut and the ride compliant and firm, with good isolation from bumps. But the vague steering is mostly devoid of feedback. Road noise stands out in the otherwise quiet interior. The front seats are well shaped and supportive, but the rear seat is tight. The well-finished interior is cluttered with buttons, even when not equipped with the optional navigation system. An AWD model with a 3.7-liter V6 and tauter suspension is also available.