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Acura TL

Acura TL side view

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption10.4 - 12.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.8 - 8.1 L/100km
  • Width1880 mm
  • Length4928 - 4966 mm
  • Trunk space354 - 371 L
  • Cargo space354 - 371 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Acura TL 2010 - 2014 is available in 4 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Paddle shifters
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Basic trim:
  • CD disc changer
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

Elite Package trim features and specs

Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Paddle shifters
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch
Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Headlight cleaners
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Elite Package trim:
  • CD player
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

A-Spec trim features and specs

Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Paddle shifters
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch
Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • Medium wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the A-Spec trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

Technology Package trim features and specs

Available with the Technology Package trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch
Available with the Technology Package trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • Medium wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
Available with the Technology Package trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Technology Package trim:
  • CD player
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • Touchscreen
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

Overview

Learn about the Acura TL

Summary

The Acura TL has faded a little from public awareness since it was discontinued in 2014, but in its heyday it was the second best-selling luxury sedan on the US market. The TL remains a solid, versatile car to this day, with all-wheel drive and manual transmission models available. You can tailor the specs to meet your personal preferences too, with a variety of V6 engines to choose from. Models from 2008 have Bluetooth connectivity and LCD screen displays. The TL isn’t an attention-grabbing vehicle—instead you get a modest design that prioritizes a luxurious ride over flashiness.

Safety

The Acura TL comes stocked with advanced safety features. Models 2007 onward include driver and passenger side airbags and side curtain airbags for rear passengers, as well as stability assist—to keep the vehicle standing firm —and an anti-lock brakeforce distribution system for swift and reliable braking. Additionally, the 2014 model achieved the highest available safety rating from the IIHS in almost all categories. Models as of 2012 come standard with:

  • Anti-lock brakes to keep traction with the road if you need to stop suddenly
  • Front and side airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Assist to help on slippery surfaces and around corners
  • Optional blind-spot warning system

Interior

The TL’s interior is designed for luxury. All seats come trimmed in leather as standard, and the 2004 and later editions are notable for their ergonomic support and spaciousness. Upgraded options include front seats that can be heated or ventilated, and there’s a premium leather overhaul for an all-around swanky interior. Many models have an optional powered sunroof so that you can fully experience the open road.

Technology

One of the Acura TL’s defining traits in the later years of its production was its wealth of advanced tech features. Some critics say the 2014 model has too many buttons on the dashboard as a result. If you can navigate the controls, you can look forward to:

  • Xenon headlights to cut through even the harshest weather conditions
  • Bluetooth capability, so you can play music from your phone (standard from 2008)
  • Advanced climate control
  • Surround-sound stereo system (standard from 2007)
  • On-board satellite-based navigation to help you get where you need to go (optional as of 2007)

Space

The Acura TL is known for its spacious cabin—especially the front seats—with plenty of leg and headroom. Trunk space is limited, however, even for a sedan. The rear seats can’t be folded down to create more trunk space either, so the TL isn’t the best choice for those with large cargo demands. This makes it more suitable for everyday drivers who need reliability and comfort rather than those going on long trips or piling in groceries for a large family. 

Comfort

Models released in 2004 and later showcase significant improvements to the TL’s previously jittery transmission and suspension systems. Drivers of these later versions can expect a wonderfully smooth, easy ride. With a choice of V6 engines, some offering over 300 horsepower, you can find the model of TL equal to your driving needs. Larger engines also come with all-wheel drive, and six-speed manual transmission keeps you in complete control. These features require premium fuel, however, pushing up the economic and environmental impact of the car. 

Frequently asked questions

When it comes to the Acura TL and other car brands, the "TL" abbreviation stands for "Touring Luxury".

Acura is a luxury car brand similar to the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. That said, Acuras tend to be on the lower end of the luxury car pricing scale.

Many drivers consider the 2006 Acura TL to be the brand’s most successful model due to its luxury touches at a comparatively low price.

Acura vehicles that come with all-wheel drive tend to be those in the brand’s higher performance lines, like the RLX and TLX.

Base model Acura TLs come with front-wheel drive as standard. High-performance versions of the car, like the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), come with all-wheel drive.