2010 Acura TL — Flash Drive
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2009 to 2013.
By MSN Autos of MSN Autos
The Acura TL is now available with the company's excellent Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system and a 6-speed manual transmission. The addition of SH-AWD for the 2010 model gives the already sporty and agile TL a stable feel while accelerating. The steering is a little more vague than I remember, however, and feels numb on center, which may be caused by the all-wheel-drive system. Even so, handling is stable and predictable. The V6 delivers good power and respectable fuel economy. The interior is beautifully finished with leather and metal trim, and has a sporty but luxurious feel. The center stack is a little busy, especially at night with so many lighted buttons. But once you learn the layout, controls are easy to use. –Mike Meredith
The 2010 Acura TL is a good sport sedan, even if it isn't a good-looking sport sedan; it has too many hard angles and lines for my taste. It looks best lathered in black, which hides those obvious flaws. And while the exterior isn't exactly attractive, the interior is quite nice, with comfortable, supportive seats. Controls are a little complicated, though. The center console has dozens of buttons, so it was often difficult to find the one I was looking for. None of that diminishes how fun this car is to drive. Revs come up quickly on the 305-horsepower V6 engine, which is good because peak torque is at 5,000 rpm. The 6-speed manual transmission works well and adds to the sporty performance, as does Acura's high-tech all-wheel-drive system. The 2010 TL is great choice — if you can get past the exterior styling. –Perry Stern
The Acura TL is proof positive that beauty is not just skin deep. On the outside, this car is a dog. The front grille appears to be a metallic shield, and the rear end looks too angular. Yuk! Inside is a different story. The driver is surrounded by high-quality leather and aluminum accents. The seats are super comfortable and can be equipped to quickly heat and cool the passengers. The center navigation console is intuitive to use, though the large center knob looks out of place on the dash. Driving the car is a pleasure due to the crisp handling, the smooth and powerful engine, the option of all-wheel drive and the security of many airbags and electronic safety features. The 6-speed manual transmission was also fun to use, and the clutch was smooth. I achieved 21 mpg in mixed driving. –Joe Chulick