Anybody can make a great car -- just pick out some wow factor that seems intriguing and ignore every other aspect. You can have power, or luxury, or economy, or almost anything else, as long as you toss every other consideration aside. The TL-S isn't great by any of those standards, and that's it's best feature. It can accelerate well enough to get on any highway, handle well enough to stay out of trouble, offer enough comfort and quiet so that you don't mind spending a day in the car, all at a price that's still within shouting distance of being reasonable, with acceptable gas mileage. FWIW, the model has had transmission problems -- Honda extended the warranty and didn't keep it secret
The car simply inspires confidence -- the acceleration and handeling are good enough so that I feel secure (and it has a full range of safety features, just in case.)
I wish the gas mileage were a bit better -- or that it ran on regular gasoline.