I have been driving this car for 8 months now. It has been a pleasant experience. It's a good value for the money and provides a very decent experience. The car picks at a good pace if engine is raved up. The car could have a higher lower end torque, that will add to the driving pleasure. The car has very good audio system with subwoofer, however when you play some music with little high bass, it feels like the rear windshield is going to break. Overall car is a fun to drive but do not expect the thrill and driving experience of Infiniti G37 or BMW 3 or 5 series cars.
Was shopping on and off for an all-wheel drive luxury/performance car, and was checking out all the usual suspects (Audi, BMW, Benz) plus the Subaru Legacy GT. I had written the Acura TL off, as I was determined to keep my left foot awake with a M/T. Around the end of July, I discovered that Acura added a M/T to the 2010 lineup. Went to the dealer for a test- drive, and fell in love with the handling/power mix. The size and amenities are great, and the (polarizing) looks have been growing on me daily. Dollar for dollar, the 4g TL is the best value mid-size performo luxo sedan on the road, especially once resale value and insurance costs are figured in (w/ the perfect crash-test ratings).
Curvy back roads and highway on-ramps are ridiculously fun with the SH-AWD. Upgraded seats and sound system (part of Tech pkg). Exhaust note. Silky smooth manual transmission.
Fuel mileage is a bit low (I'm coming from a 25/30 car), but 17/25 is the price you pay for a 3700lb performance oriented sedan with a 200lb AWD system strapped to it.
2010 Acura TL Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
The dealer gave us a good price for this car. We immediately drove this for a 200 mile ride. The comfort and conveniences are great. The best part is the audio storage. Once we insert the CD, the songs are automaticaly stored in the hard drive. We will not need to use any existing CDs once we finish playing them in our car. The car drives great. It is too early to comment about the reliability and other things. Having owned 2 Hondas earlier, that is something we will vouch for anyway.
Music storage, Navigation, leg space and perforated seats.
6 speed automatic could possibly improve fuel economy. A quieter interior helps.
It has been 45 days, and 1K miles since I bought a new 2010 Tech SW-AWD TL. I am impressed with the car and these are my observations. The car has excellent build quality, has sharp and distinctive interior and exterior styling, has oodles of power available when you need it, is very comfortable and is loaded with cool technology. It is built in the US (in Marysville OH), is designed in Torrance, CA, and these aspects did matter to me. The car is reasonably priced in its class, rated high on safety, and no car company can touch Honda in reliability and cost of ownership. Simply put...this car is an engineer's dream.
- ELS sound system is simply awesome. - responsive handling with SH-AWD drive. - loads of power when you need it - comfortable seats - rear view camera feature is very useful - exterior and interior styling is very distinctive - LOVE all the cool technology in this car
- Pandora instead of XM radio. - Download/upload link to home computer for system setup and storage.
I have had the 2010 TL SH-AWD with Tech for a couple of months now and I love it! It is powerful yet refined and quiet, and truly a blast to drive! The sound system is amazing - the only comparable system at this price point is the Audi B&O system. The interior is beautiful - luxuriously soft leather everywhere and a very user friendly console. Gas mileage is pretty good for a 300+ hp car with AWD - considering that I have only had 2200 miles so far and it's already giving me 21mpg on average (50/50 local and short distance freeway driving), it's already exceeding its stated gas mileage on the EPA sticker and it is still getting better! I also like how striking and unique it looks.
The ELS sound system. SH-AWD makes it amazing around the corners. The Milano leather in umber color is gorgeous! Passing power on the freeway. Whisper quiet cabin. The standard 18" 5 spoke rims on SH-AWD are beautifully sporty. Smart key is great and handy. Stunning looks that are not ubiquitous.
I have had some rattles and vibration issues that the dealer took care of. Fold-down rear seats. The ride may be a little bit too harsh for some. Rain-sensing wipers. Daytime running lights with LED rather than halogen. Larger rear trunk with larger opening.