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A Best-Seller for a Reason
A Grizzled Veteran is showing its Age
The fourth generation Acura TL has had a hard time fitting in during its short lifetime. Sized closer to a mid-size luxury sedan, the TL is powered, optioned and priced more like a compact luxury sedan. In fact, at a base $36,030, the TL is actually cheaper than the BMW 328i.
With such a cheap entry fee, how is it that the TL still gets outsold by many compact and mid-size luxury sedans? Well, there are many factors like controversial looks and badge snobbery at play here. But not everyone cares about those factors and we wanted to find out for ourselves if this senior citizen is indeed a great luxury performance bargain, or just an also ran ready for a reinvention.
Which family sedan offers the most, for the least?
Mazda‘s announcement regarding a SKYACTIV diesel engine in future products had car geeks hoping for a diesel Mazda3, but it looks like the oil-burner will actually make an appearance on the mid-size Mazda6, putting it squarely against the updated Volkswagen Passat, which will be available with a TDI diesel engine.
While details on the SKY-D engine have been sparse, the engine will make 182 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, substantially besting the Volkswagen unit’s 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. Although the SKY-D will only be available with a 6-speed automatic, it should be quite the machine on the highway, where the massive torque will allow effortless passing while returning the kind of mileage numbers that only small compacts can hope for.