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Our Expert Review: 2013 Acura Tl

Not perfect, but better than the rest (for the $)

by from Tallmadge, OH on February 25, 2014

I've had the SH-AWD w/Advance package (auto) for over a year now. I spent a ton of time test driving and researching luxury/performance sedans. In the end, I opted for the wise choice...not the "I wan...
I've had the SH-AWD w/Advance package (auto) for over a year now. I spent a ton of time test driving and researching luxury/performance sedans. In the end, I opted for the wise choice...not the "I want to look cool and don't care if I spend thousands on repairs" choice. Yes, I really liked the Audi A4, but it's smaller, has less power, and I don't care what anyone says...not as reliable as the TL. People with a ton of money don't care about resale value, etc., but I do. If you want a comfortable ride, lots of technology, and pretty darn good performance (without going to the repair shop), then this car is for you. If you care more about image and looks and are loaded, then buy something else.
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2013 TL Tech (no AWD)

by from St. Louis, MO on September 13, 2016

I got a good deal on a used lease turn in with 13,000 miles. A lot of these are being turned in off leases currently. The TL is a fantastic vehicle. The non-AWD version is cheaper and rides a litt...
I got a good deal on a used lease turn in with 13,000 miles. A lot of these are being turned in off leases currently. The TL is a fantastic vehicle. The non-AWD version is cheaper and rides a little smoother, usually costing less. But if fast turns are your thing, the AWD does an amazing job in controlling an otherwise heavy car. It's pretty big by today's standards, but cheap for mid-size luxury. You might also consider the Lexus ES350, Hyundai Genesis, Cadillac CTS. Features: The list of standard features is superb, but I strongly advise getting the Tech package at minimum. The value difference is enormous. The ELS audio system sounds amazing with a bluetooth source. However, the TL in any guise feels pretty outdated compared to any loaded 2017 and especially against the TLX. Despite the Super Nintendo graphics on the nav system, it's actually convenient and works pretty well. Don't expect all the interactive features to work well - I just sort of ignore them except for weather. Drive: This was the seller for me. The ride is smooth and quiet but not numb. You can inflate the tires far past recommended for an even better ride. Acceleration is a pure joy - strong, consistent, and the revs sound amazing. Just be warned that MPG is pretty bad - I don't drive long distances often enough to care. Interior: Best car seats I've ever sat in. Another seller. Soft but still supportive. Lots of storage and compartments. The black is very classy (subjective) and modern against chrome look accents. The steering wheel feels smooth. No folding rear seats however. Reliability/resale: Maintenance is cheap. The car feels very solid. I did have the tire pressure monitors ALL fail at once, 16k miles, covered by warranty. Acura has amazing resale value and predicted longevity - "drive it till it dies" might be a long time.
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Smooth & Powerful

by from Mt. Kisco, NY on June 21, 2013

We love our TL, this is our second which replaced our 2005 that had about 120,000 miles. The toughest part of our decision process was convincing my wife to say goodbye to the 2005 TL. We've had our N...
We love our TL, this is our second which replaced our 2005 that had about 120,000 miles. The toughest part of our decision process was convincing my wife to say goodbye to the 2005 TL. We've had our New TL for about a month now and have put it through its paces. The car is unbelievably quiet and smooth. The first week that we had the car we took a trip to Canada, nine hours each way, the car was outstanding comfortable ride, supportive seating, great accelaration and better than 28mpg, what more could you ask for. On our return trip we drove through four hours of heavy rain, and again our TL showed us that it was not just a fair weather friend, it was glued to the pavement and responsive despite the adverse conditions. Acura knows how th get it right for those of us that enjoy driving.
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Lexus

by from Napels fl on April 19, 2013

I have owned many cars in my life. Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus and Acura. By far the best cars have been the Lexus models. Never a problem , great service. But this time I chose a Acura because it had bl...
I have owned many cars in my life. Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus and Acura. By far the best cars have been the Lexus models. Never a problem , great service. But this time I chose a Acura because it had blind side monitoring which will help my wife since she can only see out of one eye.
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Unique Tourer!

by from Iowa on February 9, 2014

After two Infiniti G35s (2003 and 2006), I purchased a 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD with the Technology Package 6MT -- the only configuration in which I could get a manual transmission -- in March 2013. While...
After two Infiniti G35s (2003 and 2006), I purchased a 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD with the Technology Package 6MT -- the only configuration in which I could get a manual transmission -- in March 2013. While it is very capable of carving up canyon roads at illegal speeds, I have to say that it is best appreciated as a very competent, athletic touring car rather than as a sports sedan. It is absolutely unique and a compelling value: 300+ HP in a V6,+ AWD + Sport Suspension + Tech Features + Midsize Room and Comfort, for only about 40K of real-world money. It is the car for people who have grown up on sports sedans, switching their preferences to a little bit more of comfort and luxury over performance as they mature. I love my car and its all-weather capabilities. Some aspects of the exterior could have been slightly modified, and I would have liked a little bit more trunk room. But that is quibbling. Love it for what it is -- a superb touring car and a screaming value.
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I love this car! It just wants to move!!!

by from Baltimore on February 2, 2017

TL Advanced SHAWD I had always wanted a BMW 535 X drive. I also shopped the E350 4matic and looked at the panamera 4 and CLS 4matic. I decided to go with the TL for now because of bang to buck. Pushi...
TL Advanced SHAWD I had always wanted a BMW 535 X drive. I also shopped the E350 4matic and looked at the panamera 4 and CLS 4matic. I decided to go with the TL for now because of bang to buck. Pushing out over 300HP and delivering superb handling even at top speed and at sharp curves, thanks to the SH-AWD I can't complain about the performance of this car. Seems to me that Acura is kinda confused! I would but the TL over the TLX!!! Are u kidding me? The TLX doesn't come close to the TL in terms of performance and styling. Forget about those bells and whistle like forward collision xxx. I love my TL and it is my everyday car. It pushes me back when I step on the gas and this beast just wants to move! Like seriously I'm always happy on the highway with little traffic. Sometimes I turn down the music just to listen to the sound of the engine! I bought peace of mind and easy maintenance on wallet because it is an Honda! I purchased this car at 29k miles for less than $25k. If you are in the market for a car in this range or if u r thinking about buying a new TLX, test drive this car first and thank me later! BTW I am frugal.
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My Review

by from League City, TX on April 9, 2015

I went to AutoNation Acura in League City, TX, in hopes of getting a new car. I was helped by Mr. Brown, who helped me find a great car! With his amazing help and an amazing test ride, I left with the...
I went to AutoNation Acura in League City, TX, in hopes of getting a new car. I was helped by Mr. Brown, who helped me find a great car! With his amazing help and an amazing test ride, I left with the 2013 Acura TL. This car is a great combination of luxury and sport. It ride so comfortably, when the windows are up you practically hear nothing from the outside, all you hear is how nicely that engine runs. I've only had this car for about a month now, but I'm happy with the choice I made, Definitely would recommend this car to friends !
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My 3rd TL

by from Iowa on May 30, 2013

When I decided on the front-wheel drive, Phantom Blue Pearl TL with the Advance Package, I didn’t realize that it was such a unique choice. Three dealers were working on finding one for me; one finall...
When I decided on the front-wheel drive, Phantom Blue Pearl TL with the Advance Package, I didn’t realize that it was such a unique choice. Three dealers were working on finding one for me; one finally did – 3 states away! Glad that they did, as I love this car and have been getting tons of compliments on it, which begs the question of why it’s so hard to find? My only complaint, and it’s a minor one, is that there is only one interior choice if you pick the blue exterior. It is a metallic trim and I prefer woodgrain; hence the 3 star rating. Everything else about this car is what I’ve come to expect from Acura (this is my 3rd TL). I’m having fun learning all the technology (navigation, voice recognition, audio, bluetooth). Speaking of audio, the sound system is fantastic and I really like the speed sensitive volume. While not a big deal, it would be nice if you could transfer music to the internal hard drive from sources other than CD (iPad, jump drives, etc.). There is a connection to play music from those sources, you just can’t transfer it to the hard drive and store it there for future play. Car drives like I’d expect from an Acura. Handles well in the turns. There is a slight hesitation when you punch it, but when it kicks in, the car moves! So only 4 stars on performance. I like the manual shift option when driving on curvy roads. It’s taking some getting used to the paddle shifting, vice on the gear shift knob like my previous TL, but I’m getting the hang of it. Overall, easily the best TL of the 3 that I’ve owned, hands down. I keep buying them because they are great cars – very reliable. They just keep making this car better all the time!
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Fantastic motor car

by from VA on July 21, 2013

I am delighted with the handling characteristics of the TL! When you approach a corner, the car just glides right through it with ease and little or no effort on my part. It is comfortable and beautif...
I am delighted with the handling characteristics of the TL! When you approach a corner, the car just glides right through it with ease and little or no effort on my part. It is comfortable and beautiful inside. The Tech version takes a bit of learning but, as a retired Naval Aviator I can tell you it is close to flying my helicopters! It is wonderful in all respects. Enjoy the ride, enjoy the tech and enjoy the price!
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Clutch failure

by from Cincinnati on June 30, 2016

Clutch has blown at 39 K, seems premature to me, dealer service department is dancing around the early demise. May need a $400 replacement.
Clutch has blown at 39 K, seems premature to me, dealer service department is dancing around the early demise. May need a $400 replacement.
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