New Cars for 2010: Asia

Don Sherman Automobile Magazine Staff
John Roe
#Acura, #ZDX

2009 Acura TL SH-AWD

New: Acura's best seller adds a stick shift.
Noteworthy: The TL offers far more driving enjoyment than its relatively uninspiring looks would suggest. For 2010, a six-speed manual joins the party, and while it appears only in the all-wheel-drive TL, it's still a welcome addition. The three-pedal option saves 88 pounds, and the deletion of the automatic's torque converter lets Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system respond to your right foot with a bit more pizzazz. The changes are eye-opening - what was a slightly lazy sport sedan has morphed into a drift-happy, slideways track hound, with no noticeable decrease in ride comfort.

On sale: Now
Base price: $39,000 (est.)
Specs: 3.7L V-6, 305 hp, 273 lb-ft; 4-wheel drive

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