By James bergeron

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2010 Acura TL

Day 1:

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
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If the quality of a vehicle were solely measured on how many buttons were crammed onto the centre stack and steering wheel, this week’s tester — the 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD Tech — would certainly be a clear winner. However, the number of buttons is not a benchmark, so, is the TL a good car? I guess my job for the week is to answer that question. Having driven economy cars for the past month, this is a welcome change, especially with my tester’s surprise.

The Tech Package-equipped SH-AWD TL is the only TL available with a six-speed manual transmission as a no cost option, and it certainly means my week should be just that little bit more exciting as we prepare for holiday celebrations in a few days.

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
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This TL is almost exactly $30,000 more expensive than the Sentra I drove last week, which is quite a shocker to the system even for someone who does this all the time. I have to take a step back and think a moment before I start praising the TL for having nearly every feature available today.

The Tech package on the TL adds: voice activated navigation and HVAC system, Bluetooth handsfree, a hard drive based audio system with USB and AUX input and a premium sound system and a rearview camera system.

Of course, all the regular features expected of a vehicle in this class are included: heated and powered leather seats, moonroof, cruise control, HID headlamps, traction and stability control, plenty of airbags, keyless entry with push button start… the list goes on and on. The big notable is the drivetrain, featuring Acura’s SH-AWD system mated to the six-speed manual (or automatic) transmission with power supplied by a 3.7-litre engine that produces 305hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD Tech
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $48,490

For more information on Acura and the TL visit Acura Canada

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