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 |  Oct 29 2013, 8:32 AM

1. Truth in advertising; SH-AWD


The cornerstone of the fourth generation TL was the addition of Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system. Sure it means upgrading to the larger engine, but the fact it can be had with an automatic or manual transmission means Acura earns some major kudos. The SH-AWD is a torque vectoring AWD system that will send power to whatever wheels the system deems necessary to provide optimal traction and cornering performance.

The system works well in slippery conditions like the rain. Hammer the gas mid-corner and the back-end will not slide in a lurid drift, but punch-out momentarily and cause a bit of a tail slap before falling back in line with the front wheels. It will get the car around the corner as fast as the tires can possibly grip in these loose conditions. Combined with a tight handling chassis, the car responds to inputs well from both the steering wheel and throttle pedal.