1998 Acura TL

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1998 Acura TL Review

Substance over form.

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The 1998 Acura TL does not have the same level of style as a Mercedes-Benz or BMW luxury sedan. However, the TL makes up for this with a reliable, sturdy build and a decent price. The TL provides an excellent amount of power and performance that makes it a joy to drive.

The Acura TL holds its own in the competitive luxury sedan market, even paired against cars with similar emphasis on performance and luxury. Any buyer looking to get a luxury sedan would be remiss to not at least check out the TL. It might not seem as prestigious as some of its competitors, but it serves as a well-built vehicle that functions reliably for longer than many other vehicles.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Acura TL 2.5, Acura TL 3.2

What's New

The 1998 Acura TL does not show any significant changes from the previous year.


Measuring in at 191.5 inches long, the 1998 Acura TL looks like a relatively large sedan. The wheelbase measures 111.8 inches long. The larger body size seems typical of many luxury vehicles, since it allows a similar increase in the size of the cabin. Standard features include power heated mirrors, keyless entry, power windows, power locks, and a moonroof. A rear spoiler can be added as an optional feature.


Similar to most luxury sedans, the Acura TL includes many different standard features to improve the comfort of the driver and passengers. Power leather seats, leather trim, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, a cassette player, a CD player, and privacy glass all provide standard features for both 1998 Acura TL models.

Performance & Handling

Both Acura TL models perform admirably on roadways. The smaller 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine still puts out a respectable 176 horsepower. The 1998 Acura TL has good acceleration and a high top speed, regardless of the engine it contains. Steering and handling feel excellent, allowing the TL to gracefully move along the roadway with ease.


Dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide standard features on the 1998 Acura TL. By the standards of 1998, this remains fairly typical, even for a luxury sedan. While more advanced safety features show up in some other 1998 models, they do not appear in many models from this era.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura TL 2.5-liter five-cylinder: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Acura TL 3.2-liter six-cylinder: 17/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Good performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Reliable design
  • Smaller engine offers more than the traditional four cylinders

You Won't Like

  • Tight rear seat
  • Mediocre fuel economy

Sum Up

Substance over form.

If You Like This Vehicle

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  • Infiniti I30
  • Lexus ES300
  • Volkswagen Passat
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