Acura's best-selling sport sedan was overhauled for 2009, when it received new exterior styling, a base 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and the addition of a Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive model with a 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6. For 2010, the all-wheel-drive model got an optional six-speed manual transmission that is 86 pounds lighter than the standard five-speed automatic.
New for 2011
The TL carries over from 2010 without significant changes.
The TL sedan's exterior was drastically redesigned for 2009, when it gained an aggressive, pronounced "beak" that juts out from under Acura's shield grille.
Exterior features include:
- Unusual front and rear styling
- 17-inch alloy wheels standard; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
- Projector low-beam and halogen high-beam headlights
- Front fog lamps
- In-glass radio antenna
- Dual exhaust finishers
The TL's interior received a face-lift for 2009, making it more upscale. Every TL model comes with a six-disc CD changer, USB connectivity and an MP3 jack. The Technology Package provides interior upgrades like keyless access; a full-color, voice-activated navigation system; and a 410-watt surround-sound audio system. The TL seats five.
Standard interior features include:
- Leather-trimmed interior
- 10-way power driver's seat, including power lumbar support
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Heated front seats
- Steering-wheel buttons that operate audio, cruise control and voice recognition
Under the Hood
There's a choice of two engines, both of which come with a standard five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is optional for the 3.7-liter V-6 on the TL SH-AWD.
Mechanical features include:
- 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 254 pounds-feet of torque
- 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 275 pounds-feet of torque (TL SH-AWD)
- EPA-estimated mileage of 18/26 mpg city/highway in base TL, 17/25 mpg in SH-AWD (auto or manual)
Standard safety features include:
- Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
- Side-impact and side curtain airbags
- Electronic stability system
- Three-point seat belts in all positions
- Active head restraints for front seats
Cars.com Expert Reviews
|Mike Hanley||Cars.com National||August 12, 2011|
|Cars.com Staff||Cars.com National||October 20, 2010|
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