As you know from reading my reviews, my days of shifting gears are pretty well gone. However, when you get a car that shifts really easily, AND is fun to drive, you forget all about it being a manual transmission. This is the case with the 2010 Acura TL I had this week. This car is effortless to shift and a real joy to drive.
Acura likes acronyms a lot. My review car is officially a 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6MT. That means it is the Super Handling-All Wheel-Drive, 6-speed Manual Transmission. 2010 is the first year Acura has offered the stick as an option, and I can tell you they did a superb job.
This sporty sedan has the 3.7 liter, 305-horse V6. This is the most powerful engine ever put in the TL. And by today’s standards, 305 don’t seem like a lot, but it feels like a whole lot more with this manual transmission. Acura’s terrific all-wheel drive system certainly helps with the performance and feel of the TL.
The gears are placed closely to each other and shifting is effortless. This closeness also allows for speed shifting and with 273 pound-feet of torque, it feels more like a Porsche than an Acura.
Interior is WONDERFUL and this car had an impressive array of options, including navigation system, which Acura has always done extremely well. The dash is laid out perfectly for the driver and the sound system is terrific. This car is very quiet in the cabin, something I have not always been able to say about the Acura.
Like all Acuras, the suspension is tight and responsive. The ride will be a bit harsh for some, but I like it actually. My test car has 19” wheels and was black in color, a very striking exterior gets thumbs up from many of the other drivers around you.
I expect the 6-speed manual to be a small percentage of sales of the TL, but if you want to shift and also have a fun, near-luxury car the TL is certainly worth a look and drive!
What I liked most: The ease of shifting, and fun of the manual transmission.
What I’d change if I could: Give me about 45 more horses under the hood.
Price as tested: $43,200 MSRP.
Fuel economy: 17 City/25 Highway, which is easily attainable.
TL in a few words: A VERY exciting sport sedan and a joy to drive.