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2010 Acura TL Sedan

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You get what you pay for.

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Vehicle: 2010 Acura TL Technology Package and 18 Inch Wheels 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Expensive parts, steering is bland, transmission downshifting is sometimes clunky.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great road car and safe to boot

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Vehicle: 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 5A)

This is our second Acura, first one was a 2000 TL. My wife drives this car as I wanted her to have a safe reliable vehicle. We like the style, but the dependability and the driving security is far above most other cars. It is definitely a great road car with the AWD, which does impact mileage a bit. On most road trips, driving 70 mph on the highway, we get a bit over 24.0. We live in a gate community in Arkansas which is very hilly and winding curves, so we get about 21.5 My wife loves her car and I enjoy driving it as well. We visit relatives in Texas, Missouri,, Illinois, and Ohio and I never worry about the car performance. I've owned a Honda product since 1977 and I've never been stranded in all those years. I use to own Chev and Mercury, had problems with both within 3 years. My drive around car is a 96 Honda hatchback with close to 200,000 miles and have never had a mechanical problem. We are retired now, and car dependability is a must, so it is Honda and Acura for us. Updated (Apr 2018)..... still feel the same for the Acura and the Honda...

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Fours years w/ this car & we still love this car.

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Vehicle: 2010 Acura TL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Great entry into luxury vehicles. True cost of ownership estimates are very reasonable and accurate so far. Would buy another one.

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A few things you can pick on, all in all great car

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Vehicle: 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 5A)

Great craftsmanship, superior performance, very good value. The engine uses 1 quart of oil (synthetic) approximately every 3,500 miles, my understanding is, this is normal for a large number of this car model / engine. The engine is extremely strong and superior in performance as are the brakes and 5 speed automatic transmission. Trunk is slightly on the smaller side. Back seat ( at least with my AWD model) has a center hard hump that makes it impossible for anyone but a small child to sit on.

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Lotta' fun.... and still is !

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Vehicle: 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 5A)

This 2010 vehicle has been mine now for four years. I bought it in 2013. It is a pleasure to drive in all climates and conditions. The only downside is rather poor gas mileage in our New England climate. I usually top out 18.5 mpg.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Love my car

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Vehicle: 2010 Acura TL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I bought this used - it was 5 years old with 50,000 miles and one owner and I got lucky because she took such good care of it that it was like buying a new car - it even smells new. I love everything about it, especially since my prior car was a Prius - this is much "zippier" :-) As one other reviewer said, the only annoying things are somewhat rough downshifting and no detailed info on the Bluetooth - all you see is a tiny number in the odometer area. But it is a 6 year old car with 6 year old technology, so I guess that's to be expected. Other drawback is the gas mileage (I average about 22 mpg overall) and the need for premium unleaded - but I knew this going into the purchase.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2010 Acura TL Base Sedan

  • For those who can get past the unusual styling, the 2010 Acura TL is a strong choice among midsize luxury sedans.

  • Pros

    Many user-friendly high-tech features, spacious cabin, smart all-wheel-drive system, superb available surround-sound stereo, excellent crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Polarizing styling, base model's numb steering.

  • What's New for 2010

    After a complete redesign last year, the 2010 Acura TL receives a six-speed manual transmission that is available on SH-AWD models.

Full Edmunds Expert Review: 2010 Acura TL Sedan

What's New for 2010

After a complete redesign last year, the 2010 Acura TL receives a six-speed manual transmission that is available on SH-AWD models.


The 2010 Acura TL has a lot going for it -- athletic leanings, enough interior volume to accommodate adult-sized passengers, plenty of luxury features and Acura's traditional reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, all of this is wrapped in a skin that evokes a love-it or hate-it response. While we would all certainly like to think that aesthetics aren't everything, appearance does play a major role in choosing a car.

The TL was redesigned just last year, gaining its oddly beveled nose and chunky rear end but also more interior room, more power and a new option for all-wheel drive. We're especially fond of the SH-AWD (which stands for super-handling all-wheel drive) version that comes with a 305-horsepower engine and the type of road-holding grip one might normally associate with a rear-drive sport sedan. For those seeking additional driving enjoyment, a traditional six-speed manual transmission has been added to the SH-AWD mix for 2010.

The base 2010 Acura TL is also praise-worthy for its quiet and comfortable cabin. In terms of acceleration, it's a dead heat when pitted against the SH-AWD. Adding the optional Technology package, with its high-tech gadgetry, evens the playing field even more, and for the majority of drivers, the base model will most certainly appease. It's only when you're looking for a truly engaging driving experience that the base model will disappoint, especially since its steering is numb and not particularly communicative.

Either TL model, however, is a competitive choice in the entry-level luxury sedan segment that also includes such luminaries such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CTS, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Particularly in this set, the Acura's well-rounded demeanor and lower price makes it stand out as the sensible choice. You're not going to go wrong with any of these cars, but you will need to make sure you're down with the TL's new sheet metal.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Acura TL is a midsize luxury sedan that is available in base or sporty SH-AWD trim levels. The base TL comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, foglights, a sunroof, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear ventilation controls, heated power front seats, driver memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone connectivity and steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and trip computer controls. Also standard is an eight-speaker stereo with in-dash six-CD changer, satellite radio, streaming Bluetooth audio, an auxiliary audio jack and USB port.

The TL SH-AWD adds all-wheel drive, a more powerful engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded brakes, hill start assist, more aggressively bolstered front seats and upgraded metallic trim.

The optional Technology package is available on both trims and adds a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic, real-time weather forecasts, a GPS-linked and solar-sensing adaptive climate control system, keyless ignition/entry, a rear spoiler, rearview camera and a 10-speaker Panasonic/ELS surround-sound system with 12.7GB of digital music storage. Optional 19-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires are available, but only on SH-AWD models.

Powertrains and Performance

The base model 2010 Acura TL is front-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 hp and 254 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive TL SH-AWD gets a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive system is capable of transferring different levels of power to individual wheels to maximize traction and grip through turns and in inclement weather.

Both TL models come standard with a five-speed automatic that includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. New for 2010 is a six-speed manual transmission that is available only on SH-AWD models with the Technology package.

Despite the SH-AWD's horsepower advantage, acceleration is virtually identical to the base TL. In recent testing, both models reached 60 mph from a standstill in 6.7 seconds. Fuel economy for the 3.5-liter TL is 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg in combined driving. The SH-AWD returns 1 mile per gallon less across the board, regardless of which transmission is specified.


All 2010 Acura TL models come with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front restraints. In government testing, the TL scored a perfect five out of five stars for frontal and side impact protection for all occupants. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety returned similar results, awarding its top score of "Good" for frontal-offset and side-impact protection.

In Edmunds brake testing, the base TL came to a stop from 60 mph in an average 122 feet. The SH-AWD came to a stop in an exceptional 106 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2010 Acura TL's interior features a more contemporary design language than some of its competitors. Aluminum trim adorns the cabin instead of the glossy wood treatments found in the Cadillac CTS, Hyundai Genesis or Lexus ES 350. Overall, the surroundings have a more austere look and feel, much like an Audi. Materials quality is top-notch, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Some have commented that the aluminum trim has a cheap look about it -- noting that it would look more at home in a range-topping Honda Accord. The metallic trim in the SH-AWD model is of a higher quality and the available two-tone color scheme helps to dress things up.

In terms of comfort, the TL's cabin is roomy and quiet, on par with some of the finer European brands. The driver seat offers plenty of adjustment and side bolstering, while the rear seats can easily accommodate taller passengers. Large flip-up headrests provide comfort and protection for those seated in the rear and, when not in use, they slide down flush with the seatbacks for an unobstructed view. The 13.1 cubic feet of trunk capacity is a bit less than other cars in this class, but the wide opening makes loading a few golf bags and suitcases easy.

Driving Impressions

Given the divergent handling characteristics of the 2010 Acura TL models, they can almost be thought of as two distinctly different cars. The base TL should appeal to drivers with more comfort and luxury in mind. Ride quality is excellent -- bumps, holes and expansion joints are eaten up with a reassuring, almost Germanic thump that befits a luxury car with the TL's price tag. The 280-hp V6 should prove more than adequate for daily drives, and the steering, though lacking in feel, has plenty of assist to make parking easy.

For those with more sporting intentions, the SH-AWD lives up to its "Super Handling" acronym by delivering considerably more grip and control than the base car. The complex all-wheel-drive system directs more power to the outside wheels when cornering for improved handling dynamics, while the communicative and well-weighted steering adds a more confident driving experience.

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