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Acura Tl Guide
Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the Acura Tl. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the Acura Tl.
The Acura TL had an almost two-decade production run as Acura's compact sedan. Produced during the 1996 to 2014 model years, the TL was Acura's bestselling entry for several years. It was a nice, more affordable alternative to Japanese and German imports.
Lively V6First- and second-gen Acura TLs were offered with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.2-liter V6. The former was marketed as the sportier configuration whereas customers who placed a premium on luxury and comfort were geared toward the latter. However, Acura eventually merged both sport and luxury with the TL's third- and fourth-gen models by ditching the four-cylinder and refining the V6. At its peak, the V6 was manufactured with a 3.7-liter displacement, putting out 305 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Brawny and powerful, the V6 delivers exceptional acceleration ability.
Superb Hi-Tech FeaturesThe Acura TL was always handsomely equipped, and this attribute peaked with the fourth-gen model. Features such as Bluetooth hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, an eight-speaker 276-watt stereo system with AM/FM and a six-disc CD changer, a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, and USB port and audio jack connectivity for smartphones and other types of mobile devices. Customers can get a model that is upgraded with features such as keyless start, a joystick-based 8-inch touchscreen navigation system, a 10-speaker 440-watt stereo system, and 15 GB of music and map data storage with an internal hard drive.
Sporty HandlingWith MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link design in the rear, the Acura TL is tuned for a tight, firm, and exciting feel on the road. The Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), which is Acura's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, combined with a V6 and a manual transmission maximize that excitement.
Driver AssistanceFor a luxury vehicle, the TL is virtually bereft of advanced safety tech features. Only in the last few models was anything offered to help drivers avoid collisions or any other dangerous situations. At most, customers can add a rearview camera, which generates a video image when backing out of somewhere to see what or who is behind you, and a blind-spot information system to alert you to vehicles approaching you from either side.
Torque SteerThe Acura TL was never the on-the-road performer that other entries in its era like the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G 35, and Lexus IS were. In third-gen models, specifically, the front-drive models had the tendency toward torque steer. During heavy acceleration, the steering may pull to one side. It's an unintended occurrence that rarely happens, if at all, on other small or midsize luxury sedans produced during the TL's run.
Steering QualityAt the base model, the steering can feel numb and unwieldy. Consequently, upgrading with an SH-AWD, which was introduced in the 2009 model year to kick off the TL's fourth production cycle, makes the steering more responsive and better weighted allowing safer handling on corners and turns.
Acura TL Reviews
4.9 OUT OF 5 (50 Reviews)