1996 Acura TL

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1996 Acura TL Review

Safe and luxurious Japanese fun.

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The 1996 Acura TL is a sedan that comes with two engine choices and one transmission option. The Acura TL has two trim levels: the TL 2.5, which comes with the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine, and the TL 2.5 V-6, which comes with the 3.2-liter, V-6 engine. Both engines come paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. One feature of this car worth noting is the automatic air conditioning.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Acura TL 2.5, TL 2.5 V-6

What's New

The TL replaced the older, outdated Vigor, and is designed to compete in the near-luxury sedan market.


The 1996 Acura TL come standard with monotone paint, body-colored front and rear bumpers, body-colored body-side moldings, and a chrome grille. Other standard exterior features include 15-inch silver alloy wheels, a compact steel spare wheel/tire, dual power remote mirrors, a window grid diversity antenna, and light tinted windows. A first row power glass sunroof is available as an option.


This sedan can seat up to five occupants, including the driver. It comes with front bucket seats and rear bench seats, all upholstered with cloth. Leather upholstery is available as an option. A day-night rearview mirror, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, front reading lights, a tilt leather steering wheel, and a leather shift knob also come standard. Standard storage features include a center front armrest with storage, a center rear armrest with pass-through, a full floor console, and a front cup holder. Automatic air conditioning, power front and rear windows with driver one-touch down, an AM/FM/CD audio system, and an in-dash clock round out the standard interior features for the 1996 Acura TL.

Performance & Handling

The TL comes with the following engine options: a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine; a 2.5-liter, V-6 engine; or a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine. All come paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. This front-wheel-drive vehicle comes with a double independent suspension in the front and rear, supported by coil springs and regular shocks. Front and rear anti-roll bars are also included, to help with cornering and when driving over rough surfaces. The steering is rack and pinion steering, and cruise control comes standard.


The 1996 Acura TL comes packed with safety features. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard, as are side-impact bars and driver and passenger airbags. This sedan comes with a security system that includes power door locks and rear child safety door locks. The standard retained accessory power comes in handy when operating the power locks or windows when the vehicle is turned off.

Front fog lights, a center high-mounted stop light, halogen headlights, fixed-interval front windshield wipers, and a rear defroster also come standard. Remote keyless entry is available on the TL 2.5 V-6. This vehicle also has a security system that warns the driver when the oil pressure, battery level, or fuel level is low. The driver is also warned when the lights are left on, when the keys are left in the ignition, when the door or lift gate is left ajar, when a bulb has failed, and when it is time for the vehicle to be serviced.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura TL 2.5: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Acura TL 2.5 V-6: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Audio system
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Safety features

You Won't Like

  • Lack of transmission choices
  • No remote keyless entry for TL 2.5

Sum Up

Safe and luxurious Japanese fun.

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