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1999 Acura TL

  • 1999 Acura TL Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      225/216
    • ENGINE
      3.2L V6
    • MSRP
      $27,950
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1999 Acura TL Review

Japanese luxury gives German automakers some competition.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

For the 1999 Acura TL, there is a lot of tough competition in the market. It keeps pace with competitors like the Audi A4 and the Lexus ES300 with a complete redesign. This year’s model simplifies things with only one powerful engine offering and improves things all around with a range of technical, mechanical, and aesthetic upgrades.

The 1999 Acura TL was first introduced in 1995 as a replacement for the old Acura Vigor. It's the first year this car has seen significant changes. It pulls in more horsepower than ever, with its new platform – the same as the Honda Accords – offers great reliability.

There are also plenty of creature comforts to be had in the 1999 Acura TL, with its list of over 100 standard features, four-wheel antilock brakes to steering wheel-mounted audio controls. With so much luxury, reliability, and performance available at a wonderfully affordable price, it’s little wonder that the Acura TL has earned such a high reputation. We’ve come to expect a lot from this car, and Acura continues to deliver.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Acura TL 3.2

What's New

The Acura TL gets a full redesign for 1999 with improvements made in all areas. This sedan now uses the same platform as the Honda Accord. The TL’s old 2.5-liter engine is replaced with a new 3.2-liter V-6, while the transmission has been refined to keep up with this more powerful machine. The exterior has been restyled, while the interior features a more practically designed layout.

Exterior

The 1999 Acura TL’s one model is shorter than its predecessors, and a full 59 pounds lighter. Its updated design is conservative, but not unappealing. The TL sits on 16-inch alloy wheels, with an air dam, fog lights, tinted glass, power heated mirrors, and power windows all coming standard. Other basic exterior features include intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window defroster, and a power moon roof.

Interior

The 1999 Acura TL offers a roomier cabin than previous models, and plenty of standard features and luxuries beyond the expected leather seating and power accessories. Basic features include cruise control, bucket seats, a center console, heated and powered front seats, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, and a Bose audio system with AM/FM radio, cassette player, and CD player. A CD changer comes optional as does a navigation system.

Performance & Handling

With the benefit of its Honda Accord platform, the Acura TL enjoys wonderfully reliable performance. The 1999 TL also benefits from an updated four-speed automatic transmission and an all-new 3.2-liter V-6 engine. This engine features VTEC technology, pulling in 225 horsepower and 216 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration and steering are more than satisfying, and the overall driving experience is good enough to satisfy any routine driver.

Safety

The 1999 Acura TL comes with standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Other basic safety equipment includes traction control, driver and passenger front airbags, child safety door locks, and power windows. No side airbags are offered.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura TL 3.2: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxury offerings at an affordable price
  • Reliable performance
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • No side airbags
  • Uninteresting styling
  • Some low-quality materials

Sum Up

Japanese luxury gives German automakers some competition.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Infiniti I30
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Toyota Avalon
  • BMW 3-Series
  • Lexus ES300

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