The 2000 Acura TL classifies as a midsize sedan introduced by Acura in 1995 as a successor to the Vigor. The car marks best-selling model for Acura as well, and it ranks as the second best-selling luxury sedan in the U.S. after the BMW 3 Series. The 2000 model marks the second year of the second generation in the successful sedan’s life.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Acura TL 3.2
The 1999 Acura TL falls into the second generation of the sedan and the 2000 model has features like a new five-speed automatic transmission with SportShift. The additional gear improves the fuel economy of the car and acceleration over the four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2000 Acura TL has a dedicated computer that takes over in Sport Mode if the driver forgets the one-two shifts, and it does both the downshifts and the one-two upshifts. This model year also witnesses the introduction of side-impact airbags for the front and a revised navigation system. Instead of a CD-based navigation system, the 2000 Acura TL uses a DVD-based navigation system.
The 2000 Acura TL maintains a conservative styling that makes it look like a smaller and trimmer Acura 3.5RL. However, the exterior also looks similar to that of the Accord, from which the TL draws inspiration. The Acura TL has a wheelbase of 108 inches and an overall length of 193 inches, making it over two inches longer than the Accord. Overall, the 2000 Acura TL looks solidly built and has a good finish.
The 2000 Acura TL claims to seat five people and features leather upholstery, automatic climate control, power front seats, a five-speaker sound system, and a power moonroof. An in-dash CD player remains available as an option.
The controls up front look large and easily readable, but the climate control buttons sit a bit too far away for comfort. Visibility looks good all around the car. The front offers ample room for adults to stretch their legs out and relax. The rear seats offer plenty of headroom, but legroom barely keeps occupants comfortable. The seat cushions lack adequate thigh support as well.
The 2000 Acura TL offers lots of trunk and interior storage room, although the hinges for the trunk lid dips take away a bit of the cargo area.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Acura TL draws power from an Ohio-manufactured, 3.2-liter V-6 engine that delivers 225 horsepower. The engine mates with the new five-speed SportShift automatic transmission. This new transmission can be fully automated when left in drive or partially manual by engaging the SportShift slot.
The 3.2-liter engine accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph within seven seconds, which means it moves half a second faster than the previous model. The boost in acceleration results from the new transmission, which improves low-speed acceleration, as well as throttle response at midrange.
The 2000 Acura TL includes standard features such as side-impact airbags mounted on the front seatbacks and an automatic side airbag disabling system. This system disables the side airbag if a sensor detects a small child in the car.
The dual-inflation front airbags in the TL deploy with greater force if the TL detects a severe collision. Other standard features in the car include anti-lock brakes and a traction control system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura TL 3.2-liter V-6 automatic: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Amazing value
- Comfortable front seats
- Fun new SportShift transmission
- Powerful engine
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Some cheap interior parts
- Cramped back seat
- Excessive body roll while turning
Jack of all trades, master of some.
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