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2014 Acura TL

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Acura unveiled the fourth-generation TL in 2008, and four years later, it decided to update its look. Unfortunately, Acura didn’t manage to obtain the sleek looks that the TL’s competitors have featured as of late, putting it slightly behind the eight ball in terms of buyers that want the latest and greatest looks. And despite Acura calling it a performance-oriented sport sedan, the TL is anything, but "sporty."

The TL has the advantage of offering a pretty big list of standard features on both the exterior and the interior. This is an absolute must, considering the TL essentiall falls on its face in every other category: it’s not too attractive, has too much plastic inside the cabin and front-wheel isn’t too sporty.

For the 2014 model year, the TL is offered in two versions — base and SH-AWD — with prices starting from $36,030 and $39,580, respectively. Acura is also offering two additional packages: Technology Package and Advance Package that add $3,730 and $5,930, respectively. A Special Edition package was also added for the 2014 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Acura TL.

Exterior

Acura TL
Acura TL
Acura TL

For the 2014 model year, the Acura TL will continue to offer the same exterior look revealed by the 2012 refresh. It features aggressive wheel arches, the usual Acura signature grille that offers is a powerful and distinctive presence, but still does not make it the luxury sedan Acura wants it to be.

The 2014 TL offers a nice array of standard features, including: stainless-steel body trim, power moonroof, xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights and LED taillights.

2014 Acura TL - Standard Exterior features:

  • Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) front headlights with auto on/off feature and daytime running lights
  • Front bumper integrated halogen fog lights
  • LED illumination for: side mirror-integrated directional signals, side marker lights, brake lights and center high mount stop light
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down function and integrated directional signals
  • Dual outlet exhaust finishers
  • 17x8-inch 7-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza EL400 P245/50R17 M+S tires (TL)
  • Front bumper mounted air ducts for front disc brake cooling

Exterior Dimensions:

Wheelbase, in (mm).109.3 (2775)
Length, in (mm)194.0 (4928)
Width, in (mm)74.0 (1880)
Front track, in (mm)63.2 (1606)
Rear track, in (mm)63.8 (1620)
Height in (mm)57.2 (1452)

Interior

Acura TL
Acura TL
Acura TL

Just like with any other model in its class, the 2014 TL features an interior designed to offer the driver the best experience behind the wheel. The cockpit features a "dual person" design, so both the driver and front passenger can enjoy their personal space. The model uses lots of high-quality plastics and pseudo-creases, which are a little below this class of vehicles. These things look great on a top-level Chevy Cruze, but just seem cheap on a model pegged as a luxury sedan.

2014 Acura TL - Standard Interior Features:

  • Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior
  • 10-way adjustable power-actuated driver seat (8-way adjustable seat with 2-way adjustable lumbar support)
  • 8-way adjustable power-actuated front passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 2-position memory function (presets for driver seat, side mirrors, radio presets, climate control settings, MID)
  • Front center console with adjustable armrest, dual-level storage and coin holders

Technology Package Adds:

  • Acura/ELS Surround 440-watt Premium Audio System with 10-speakers, DVD-Audio, CD, DTS, AM/FM tuner, XM Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth Audio, Song By Voice, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), and 15 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) music storage
  • AcuraLink Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), Voice Recognition and rearview camera
  • 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps, 1- and 3-day forecasts, and specific area weather
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with humidity control system and air filtration
  • Perforated full-grain Premium Milano leather seating surfaces
  • Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)

Advance Package Adds:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind Spot Indicator (BSI)
  • 18x8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL)
  • 19x8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD)

Dimensions:

EPA Passenger Volume, cu ft98.2
Cargo Volume (SAE net), cu ft13.1: TL
12.5: TL SH-AWD
Headroom, in (mm)38.4 (976): Front
36.7 (932): Rear
Legroom, in (mm)42.5 (1080): Front
36.2 (920): Rear
Hiproom, in (mm)55.7 (1415): Front
54.8 (1392): Rear
Shoulder room, in (mm)58.2 (1477): Front
56.2 (1428): Rear

Drivetrain

Acura TL

Under the hood, the Acura TL has a choice of two engines. The base model makes use of a 3.5-liter, V-6 that delivers 280 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The SH-AWD model makes use of a 3.7-liter, V-6 that produces 305 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.Both engines hook to a sequential SportShift six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The SH-AWD has the option of a six-speed manual.

Though Acura did not reveal the official sprint times, independent research pegs the base model with a 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph, while the SH-AWD model hits 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

In base version, the 2014 TL delivers a fuel economy of 20 mpg on city driving and 29 mpg on the highway, the SH-AWD version it goes down to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Model 2014 Acura TL 2014 Acura TL SH-AWD
Displacement, liters3.53.7
Engine typeAluminum-alloy V-6Aluminum-alloy V-6
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)280 @ 6200: TL305 @ 6300: TL SH-AWD
Torque, lb-ft @ rpm (SAE net)254 @ 5000: TL273 @ 5000: TL SH-AWD
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway / combined)20 / 29 / 2318 / 26 / 21: TL SH-AWD AT
17 / 25 / 20: TL SH-AWD MT

Prices

Acura TL
TL$36,030
TL Special Edition$37,530
TL SH-AWD$39,580
TL with Technology Package$39,760
TL with Advance Package$41,960
TL SH-AWD with Technology Package$43,310
TL SH-AWD 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Technology Package$43,310
TL SH-AWD with Advance Package$45,540

Accessories:

Woodgrain-Look Steering Wheel$513
Woodgrain-Look Shift Knob$151
Cargo Hook$24
Trunk Tray$110
Rear Seat Covers$251
Leather Shift Knob$123
All-Season Floor Mats$131
Cargo Net$41
Trunk Drawer$196
First Aid Kit$30
Front Underbody Spoiler$425
Rear Underbody Spoiler$425
Car Cover$277
Body Side Molding$217
19-in Chrome-Look Alloy Wheels$2,360
18-in Chrome-Look Alloy Wheels$2,260
19-in Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels$2,360
Door Edge Film$43
Side Underbody Spoiler$463
Decklid Spoiler$425
Splash Guard Set$165
Door Edge Guards$87
Back-Up Sensors$524
Remote Engine Start System$528
Engine Block Heater$80

Competition

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

Of course that when it comes to competition, the 2014 Acura TL is far behind. Acura needs some serious improvements in every aspect, especially if it wants the TL to remain a player n its market.

One of the toughest competitors for the TL is the recently launched Infiniti Q50. The model is powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

The Q50 is priced from $36,700.

Lexus ES350

Lexus ES

The ES350 is another car that worth your attention. It is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with Dual VVT-i combined with a six-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). This system delivers a total of 268 horsepower.

The ES350 is priced from $36,370.

Conclusion

Acura TL

The Acura TL is very much outmatched in its market, especially when you have alternatives like the new Infiniti Infiniti Q50. In order to keep the TL alive, Acura needs to start revising it on the inside and outside — the aging body and crummy plastics are just not fit for a luxury sedan.

LOVE IT
  • Offers two engine alternatives
  • Special Edition adds lots of features for few money
  • SH-AWD model offers a decent driving experience
LEAVE IT
  • Exterior look
  • Too much plastic
  • Poor fuel economy

Press Release

The new 2014 Acura TL is now on sale, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $36,030. As Acura’s award-winning, performance-oriented sport sedan, the TL balances style, luxury and dynamic performance in a unique way. This dynamic and spirited performance is balanced with an EPA fuel economy rating of 29-mpg highway (TL)2. As the 2013 TL was one of the industry’s first vehicles to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the Institute’s new small overlap front crash test, the TL’s safety credentials are well established.

Acura TL

The entire TL model line carries over for 2014 and is comprised of eight variants, starting with the front-wheel drive 3.5-liter TL. Three upgrade packages are available on the TL - the Technology, Advance and Special Edition packages. The two-wheel-drive TL Special Edition features distinctive 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a color-matched decklid spoiler and Special Edition badging. The TL SH-AWD® features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ and a 3.7-liter engine and is likewise available with either the Technology or Advance Package. All models feature a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission, while the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is also available with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option.

EXTERIOR
With its aggressive wheel arches, dramatic character lines and Acura signature grille, the TL has a powerful and distinctive presence. All TL models feature premium details such as stainless-steel body trim, a power moonroof, Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and LED taillights as standard equipment.

INTERIOR
The TL cockpit features a "dual personal" design that provides both the driver and front passenger with their own personal space, and sets a "driver’s car" theme. The TL offers a remarkable range of standard features, including a 10-way power driver seat (8-way power adjustment with 2-way lumbar support) and 8-way power passenger seat, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters (for models equipped with the Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission), and an 8-speaker, 276-watt audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio, USB port connectivity, and HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface.

Acura TL

The Technology Package includes a Keyless Access System (also standard on the TL Special Edition) and luxurious full-grain perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces. The package also includes an Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, rearview camera, available AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™. For the ultimate audio experience, the Technology Package includes an Acura/ELS Surround®3 10-speaker, 440-watt premium audio system with XM® Radio and a 3,500-song hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system.

The available Advance Package includes everything in the Technology Package and adds heated and ventilated front seats and a blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver to vehicles detected in vehicle’s the blind spot areas.

POWERTRAIN

Acura TL

The TL offers a choice of two all-aluminum powertrains. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque4 and drives the front wheels through a sophisticated Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System.

The TL SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™) is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine producing 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque5. The innovative, torque-vectoring SH-AWD® system, in addition to providing outstanding all-weather traction and cornering grip, can send more torque to the outside rear wheel when cornering, to create a "yaw moment" that enhances vehicle dynamics by generating a turn-in effect.

SAFETY
Like all Acura models, the TL features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

Acura TL

The 2013 TL earned the top-level rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the new IIHS small overlap front crash test. This test is designed to simulate a collision between a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour and a fixed object, such as a utility pole, where only 25-percent of the vehicle’s front structure engages the opposing object. According to a study by the IIHS, small overlap crashes of this type accounted for nearly 25-percent of frontal crashes resulting in a serious injury or fatality.

The 2014 TL is produced by Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in Marysville, Ohio6.



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