Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Acura TL VS 2013 Jaguar XF Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Acura TL

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2013 Jaguar XF

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the TL deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The TL’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The XF’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the TL and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the TL as a “Top Pick” for 2012, a rating only granted to 137 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TL 1 year and 20,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XF. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XF ends after only 5 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 80 percent more Acura dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the TL’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The engines in the TL have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the XF have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Acura TL SH-AWD ®’s reliability will be 189% better than the XF and the Acura TL 2WD will be 211% better than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the TL second among entry premium cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The XF isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 27th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the TL FWD with its standard engine gets better city fuel mileage than the XF RWD turbo 4 cyl. (20 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The TL stops much shorter than the XF:

TL

XF

80 to 0 MPH

198 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the TL has larger tires than the XF (245/50R17 vs. 235/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the TL is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The TL SH-AWD ® handles at .92 G’s, while the XF pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TL SH-AWD ® goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.3 MPH faster than the XFR (68.4 vs. 66.1 MPH).

The TL SH-AWD ® performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver faster than the XF (60.6 vs. 60 MPH).

The TL SH-AWD ® executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the XF (26 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the TL SH-AWD ® is quieter than the XFR (42 vs. 46 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The TL has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 1.3 inches more front shoulder room than the XF.

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the TL has standard extendable sun visors. The XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the TL owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the TL will cost $3960 less than the XF over a five-year period.

The TL will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the TL will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the XF.

TL

XF

Four Year

43% to 45%

32% to 33%

Two Year

59% to 62%

49% to 50%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TL is less expensive to operate than the XF because typical repairs cost much less on the TL than the XF, including $54 less for front brake pads, $304 less for a starter, $114 less for fuel injection, $162 less for a fuel pump, $103 less for front struts and $565 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura TL will be $22957 less than for the Jaguar XF.

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