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2011 Acura TL

$8,412 — $17,376 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • AWD model's handling prowess
  • 3.7-liter V-6's power, smoothness
  • Short-throw manual shifter
  • Comfortable bucket seats
  • Gauge legibility

The Bad

  • Steering feel
  • Many interior trim pieces don't seem luxurious enough
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Small trunk
  • Heated front seats have only two levels
2011 Acura TL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Acura TL
  • Six-speed manual
  • Choice of two V-6 engines, one making 305 hp
  • Available real-time weather information
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • FWD or AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

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.

Exterior

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

Interior

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
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Vehicle Overview

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.

Exterior

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

Interior

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)

Safety

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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
23 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

BY FAR THE BEST LUXURY CAR FOR THE VALUE

by DJR040600 from ST CHARLES , MO on October 29, 2018

THIS CAR IS SPORTY BUT CLASSY. NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. THIS CAR IS RATED AS BEST CAR FOR THE PRICE IN IT'S CLASS. YOU WILL BE VERY PLEASED WITH YOUR PURCHASE Read full review

(5.0)

Nice Everyday Driver

by RocRobinson from Buford, GA on September 24, 2018

It was everything it was made out to be the car drove very smoothly and has good sound system it is a car that I would recommend to anyone that commutes over 20 miles to work because it?s great on ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Acura TL currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Acura TL 3.5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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