The Acura TL was first released in 1995, since its inception it has received four major upgrades. The 1995 model marks the beginning of the TL's first generation and was designed to fit the mid-size luxury car sector in North America. It was also known as the Honda Inspire or Saber in the Japanese automotive market. This model was fitted with a 2.5L SOHC 5-cylinder engine producing 176 hp (2.5 TL) or a 3.2L SOHC V6 engine providing 200 hp (3.2 TL). The diversity of these two models enabled the Acura TL to attract both sport-like buyers with the 2.5 TL and customers more interested in comfort and luxurious features with the 3.2 TL.
The TL concept was introduced in 1998, and Acura launched the second generation TL model a year later. This 1999 model was based on the Honda Accord platform and was fitted with a standard 3.2L VTEC V6 engine producing 225 hp and a 4-speed automatic transmission (SportShift incorporated). During its first production year, the Acura TL offered a hard drive-based navigation system. A year later, in 2000, the TL was equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission (with SportShift). An upgraded innovative Acura TL hit the market in 2002, featuring redesigned taillights and firmer suspension.
In 2003 the New York International Auto show became the forum where the all new 'Concept TL' was introduced. The Acura TL had been completely redesigned to include a new aerodynamic look with a more lengthy hood, a five-sided grille with jet nozzles replacing the standard windshield wipers, and larger front-end air intakes. In addition, the new TL came with a V-shaped break underneath the trunk and a dual exhaust pipe.
These innovations were put into place to make the Acura TL more of a muscle car. This model went on sale on October 6, 2003 and was assembled in Marysville, Ohio (from 2004 to 2008). There were minor updates to the car in 2005, some included front wheels Brembo 4 Piston brake calipers and higher horsepower ratings. In 2006 the tire pressure monitoring system was revamped. In 2007, the Acura TL featured a reconfigured exterior, new suspensions and a standard XM NavTraffic navigation system.
Acura is a company that truly believes in change and improvements. The 2009 Acura TL came out with a bang. This car was desgined to have a presence, and it did. This vehicle is designed beautifully and performs like a champion. The 2009 comes equipped with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine or 3.7 V6 with VTEC on the intake and exhaust valves. For the 3.7 V6 version, the Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) comes as standard.
The latest and greatest Acura TL is the 2014 model. It is stocked full of comfort and convenience features, and there is a great deal of importance focused on the performance and handling. Some of the convenience features include cargo area storage, cabin storage, automatic climate control, GPS-linked Climate Control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, keyless ignition access system, USB/iPod integration, standard audio system, song by voice, and a surround sound system. It's important to be comfortable in your vehicle, and with all of these standard and optional features available you can easily build the perfect Acura for you.
Highlights of the current Acura TL model include 23 highway mpg, vehicle stability assist technology, and surround sound stereo. A Bluetooth hands-free system allows you to connect to the Web without compromising your driving. The optional Keyless access means you can open the car and turn on the ignition without taking keys out of your pocket.
Agile, athletic, and smooth-driving, the Acura TL appeals to drivers who want performance and luxury in a car that turns heads.
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash worthiness tests, the Acura TL was given a “Good” rating (the highest available) on 5 out of 5 of the main crash test areas. It was also rated as a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
Security is important to the design of the Acura TL. If a break-in were to occur, flashing lights and automatic horn helps to deter possible theft. Driver and passenger safety are ensured by systems such as the Vehicle Stability Assist, which corrects for over or under-steering, six airbags, LATCH anchors, and a host of other features.
- Consumer Search gave the 2006 Acura TL two awards: “Best Sports Sedan with Luxury Touches.”
- The Automotive Lease Guide gave the Acura TL its “Residual Value Award” for the Overall Luxury Brand category. Acura has previously earned this honor in 2009 and 2010 and has never ranked below 2nd place for the past five years.
- Automobile magazine had this rave to say about the 2012 model: “The Acura TL is an excellent car, and duly impressed my family when I chauffeured them to a Father's Day dinner. The TL manages to blend impeccable comfort with enthusiastic performance. One moment, the TL is a subdued large sedan with a comfy ride, gentle transmission shifts, and slick styling. The next it's a snarling sports sedan, with prodigious acceleration from its V6, tight steering, and a transmission that's eager to jump between ratios.”