This revised version of the Acura TL is a nice car, with responsive handling, a slick powertrain, and commendable fuel economy. But when compared with the previous TL, the current TL is not as impressive. Vague steering saps the fun out of its handling and the trunk opening is small.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000. ESC optional from 2002, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
Road Test

This revised version of the Acura TL is a nice car, with responsive handling, a slick powertrain, and commendable fuel economy. But when compared with the previous TL, the current TL is not as impressive. Vague steering saps the fun out of its handling and the trunk opening is small.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Acura TL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"When plug in a power adapter it would blown and had replaced multiple times they had to rig it to not pop out after fourth time in shop"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Hood latch failure caused the alarm to go off randomly."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlights went on automatically at night while parked in the driveway. Wound up being in the fuse system; cost $500 to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Had to have front heated seat element replaced after owning car for 2.5 years"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"The original problem cause the battery to go dead; effected all lights"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Power locks fail to work intermittently. Different doors at different times"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"The receptor that holds he key went bad so thought a key was always in the slot. This would not allow the doors to lock without using the actual key"

Taylor A., NJ (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The sensor for tire pressure had to be replaced 3 times. The dealership could not tell me exactly why there was a problem other than telling me that water may have caused a malfunction. Regardless, the problem was fixed immediately at no cost to me"

Daniel L., NJ (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"tire went flat because of a leak in the tire pressure sensor"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"Tire pressure monitors no longer work."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"VSA light. mechanic reset steering angle sensor"

Martin D., PA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Doesn't work all of the time"

Tony L., MA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"The SiriusXM no longer works. The dealer said it could be the unit or the antenna. The would replace the antenna for approx. $900 which required removal and reinstallation of the head liner., if that didn't solve the issue, they would replace the radio/nav unit for $1200. I chose not to spend the money."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"None of my iPhones have ever interfaced with the system via bluetooth."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Difficulty obtaining a map update. Supposed to be available on a web site - unavailable each time I attempted to get it"

Don M., CA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Pairing doesn't work all of the time"

Tony L., MA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"After repeated attempts, a phone which was previously paired would not link up via Bluetooth"

Regis J., PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 will not pair with system. iPhone 5 will also not pair with system. None of my iPhones have ever blue toothed with the system."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Radio

"For music, the radio is supposed to show the name of the artist,etc. for each song played. This radio shows the name of the artist for the first song played but does not update as additional songs are played. The dealer has replaced the radio but t"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Dash controls for the radio were inoperable. Had to control radio using steering wheel controls."

Bert S., NY (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Music only plays out of one speaker. Rear and side speakers no longer work"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The Voice Command reception has never worked very well. Most of the time I do not use it because it can be frustrating. Voice recognition is poor"

Regis J., PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The windscreen under the front of the car is too low and is frequently ripped on parking spaces"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Plastic near the trunk latch has come off. It is only cosmetic, the trunk functions fine"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint was cracking and had to have repainted when 5 years old. Acura repainted at no cost"

Nathan B., AR (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"Black paint became discolered and faded. The vehicle was repainted under warranty. This paint is not the same black as original paint and has now started to chip"

J T., VA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD)

"Paint has mostly come off inside door grab handle and there are many small exterior chips"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"small spots on exterior"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Acura TL 3.5-L V6)

"Have hade problem with paint pitting and fading from first year on. Paid for extra protection package was told not covered. Have had car (paint) looked at 5 times gets worse and worse finally had it fixed at pvt collision shop. Special color for mode"

William B., MI (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.5-L V6)

"Front bumper paint began to chip and fade as the car was washed and during everyday driving/use"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Problems with the paint fading. Acura completely repainted the vehicle (looks like new)"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Antilock braking module need to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"ABS light came on"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"Sticking"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"fairly strong vibration on downhill braking - attributed to worn rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"I had rotor issues where it caused premature brake deterioration. The rotors were cut twice. I asked to have it replaced but the Acura Service dept said it was there policy to cut the rotors not replace them"

Daniel L., NJ (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"rotors prematurely worn, perhaps because of Campfire or driving for several months on very bad gravel road."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"I could not find a rotor that can last me for long time and not vibrate after a little bit of time"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Had a leaking strut thus had to replace the pair. Again expensive. See previous"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base)

"Left rear strut leaking at 34,000 miles (out of warranty due to purchase date). After phone calls and letters to California, Acura grudgingly agreed to reimburse 50% of replacement cost"

Onno P., FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"I was told that the front shocks or struts wear bad and spent about $800 replacing them. But the the drive still feels the same, so I must have been scammed when I initially came in for brake repairs which still didn't eliminate the problem. Disappointed with the mechanic more than with the car."

Howard K., TX (2010 Acura TL)

"clicking noise when going over a pump and slow speeds."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Mechanic unable to adjust alignment due to frozen adjustment screw. Had to replace inner and outer tie rods on right side for cost of $465. Had to replace new Michelin front tires after only $10,000 miles for $600"

Edd R., OK (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearing went out at 75,000 miles"

Anthony G., TX (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Brown showing up on driver's side mirror and the same on passenger's mirror"

Anonymous, NS (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Door lock actuators fail. Replaced twice passenger side front, once passenger side rear, and once driver side front"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"corrosion behind the glass on both exterior mirrors"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"I can't open the trunk from inside, anymore. Now, I have to turn off the engine and click open from my key chain. It doesn't seem to have a trunk latch from outside."

Howard K., TX (2010 Acura TL)

"spring loading weakens and liable to close unexpectly under strong wind"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Purchased car w/130k miles and clutch seemed ok when I purchased, but needed to be replaced w/in 2 months of ownership"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"The clutch started slipping at approximately 160000K ov hard driving"

Robert B., SK (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Torque converter

"Noise coming from under the car at low speeds"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.5-L V6)

"it was almost the end of the warranty period and the torque converter failed. Had it been a month longer, it may not have been covered. Also had steering failure shortly after converter was replaced. Apparently something wasn't correctly adjuste"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I had transmission rebuild after 12.000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle in sunroof mechanism that likely requires removal of the headliner and rear window to repair"

Jack H., BC (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers side window"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"Appears to be a broken weld in the sunroof frame that requires the rear window and headliner to be removed to repair. Big $$$$"

Jack H., BC (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Acura needs to do more to insulate car from wind noise"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"At higher speeds, the wind noise is quite loud"

Jan K., VA (2010 Acura TL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Had to fight to get Acura to repair."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Using a more than a quart of oil every 1000 miles"

Dana L., PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"internal engine component failure- replaced engine under warranty by factory dealership at 70,000 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Included water pump, new plugs, gaskets and seals. Also had to replace struts,they were leaking. Very expensive to do newtiming belt with water pump and seals,, new struts, new brakes, new rotors, new plugs, new battery at one time. All at about 1"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Drive line vibration was present between 30 and 35 mph and was noticed within first few months of purchase and I reported to the dealer at the first service. They were unable to verify the complaint. I reported it at every subsequent service and th"

Michael S., PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD)
Driveshaft or axle

"Approximately 15000km ago (6-7 mo), my wife noticed high pitch noise at higher speed. I di not hear it until month or so, when it became quite obvious between 40 and 90 km/hr. The local dealer diagnosed it immediately ("we just exchanged some lately"

Boleslaw L., ON (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"Replaced wheel bearings and alternator"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Acura TL)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C stopped working $2000 to repair"

Christopher C., ON (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD)

"Required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"AC was not putting out cold air"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"recalled for defects in airbag"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"Recall took four months to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Continued engine ping since 90000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Rear main seal leak"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Had replace the radiator at 97000 miles due to hole in radiator"

Dana L., PA (2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Factory recall to reprogram transmission"

Paul G., MA (2010 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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