2010 Acura TL SH-AWD Manual Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Acura TL - Road Test Specs

2010 Acura TL Sedan

(3.7L V6 AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
StyleSH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/Technology Package, HPT (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$44,195
As-tested MSRP$44,195


Drive typeFront-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTransverse-mounted V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,664/223
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, four valves per cylinder with variable intake-/exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)11.2
Redline (rpm)6,700
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)305 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 5,000
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.625, 2nd = 2.115, 3rd = 1.529, 4th = 1.125, 5th = 0.847, 6th = 0.686, FD = 3.842, R = 3.656


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional electric-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.96:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport PS2
Tire typeSummer performance (asymmetrical + directional)
Tire size, front245/40ZR19 94Y
Tire size, rear245/40ZR19 94Y
Wheel size19-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.8-inch ventilated disc with two-piston floating calipers
Brakes, rear13.1-inch solid disc with single-piston floating calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.7
0-60 mph (sec.)5.6
0-75 mph (sec.)8.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.9 @ 100.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.92
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.2
@ Full throttle (dB)70.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)57.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith so little tangible feel from the pedals, it's almost a robotic experience to launch the TL SH-AWD 6MT. The best launch was from an indicated 3,750 rpm with a wisp of wheelspin. The shifter is light and makes upchange easy but not confident. Power is linear and tapers off very little near redline. Engine sounds better (less thrashy and smoother) than the Nissan/Infiniti VQ.
Braking ratingVery good
Braking commentsFirm pedal, little idle-stroke, flat and straight stops. Some brake-pad odor, but no observed fade from six total stops (or after four quarter-mile runs). Very quick ABS motor so zero buzz or vibration during panic stops.
Handling ratingVery good
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESP off and in 2nd gear, I found it a little difficult to maintain a line, as the AWD system was busy shifting power all over. Switched to 3rd and it was better behaved and more consistent, but then using throttle to adjust yaw angle to skid pad arc required more patience and felt a little delayed. With ESP on, the car was even more difficult to place precisely on the line, as it merely adds another (electronic) layer between the driver and the mechanicals. Steering effort/build-up feels a little springy. Slalom: There's little doubt this is a tremendously capable sport sedan, but I just wish for equally tremendous feedback that is lacking. Steering is quick and direct, but lacks vocabulary. With ESP off, the car was mostly neutral -- neither under- nor oversteering -- right up to the last cone where a "lift-stab" on the throttle worked to coax some useful rotation. The ESP system is remarkable in that it merely "trims" your heading slightly with brake applications, but kills the enthusiastic WOT exit.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)58.8
Wind (mph, direction)1.5 mph crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway/20 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)17 worst/22 best/19 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,889
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,849
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)195.5
Width (in.)74.0
Height (in.)57.2
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)63.2
Track, rear (in.)63.8
Turning circle (ft.)38.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)36.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.5


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars

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