The 2001 Acura TL uses front drive and classifies as a midlevel sedan derived from the Honda Accord. The TL represents the best-selling car in the Acura line. In just two years on the market, it has total sales in excess of 100,000. It has truly become the torchbearer in the budding near-luxury sedan market. The Acura TL faces increased competition in the marketplace from the BMW 3 Series, Lexus ES300, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S60, and Infiniti I30. This competition forces Acura to step up to build a car that tops competitors, while still keeping the cost of the vehicle in check. The Acura TL makes the ideal vehicle for anyone looking for a sporty car with the right mix of luxury and affordability.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Acura TL
The manufacturer makes no significant changes to the 2001 Acura TL, although floor mats now come standard. An emergency trunk release has also been added inside the cargo area. The TL anticipates a redesign going into the 2002 model year.
The Acura TL shares Honda’s global platform with the Accord. The two vehicles even come from the same factory in Ohio. The TL sits on a slightly longer wheelbase than the Accord at 108.1 inches. The 2001 Acura TL stretches about 193 inches long, about two to three inches longer than its sibling. Some classify the TL’s styling as bland or dull, but many buyers praise its chiseled and angular look. While it does have rather conservative aesthetics that fall in line with the Accord’s style, the TL also looks like a trimmer Acura 3.5RL. The TL features 16-inch tires, a power sunroof/moonroof, rack and pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspensions.
The Acura TL seats five occupants. Head and legroom accommodates most. The back seat feels a little cramped, with minimal room for feet if a tall driver has to adjust the seatback for legroom. The driver’s seat feels especially comfortable, although options for upholstery besides leather would be appreciated. Front passengers may complain about the inability to adjust their seat to accommodate their height.
The 2001 Acura TL comes standard with air-conditioning, power front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a five-speaker 180-watt audio system with an in-dash CD player, steering-wheel audio controls, heated front seats, rear heat and air vents.
The Acura Navigation System, covering the entire continental U.S., remains available as an option.
Performance & Handling
The 3.2TL contains a peppy 3.2-liter, V-6 engine generating 225 horsepower and 216 ft-lb of torque. The V-6 engine stays strong in every gear and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in a mere eight seconds. The 2001 Acura TL outperforms any competitor when it comes to horsepower. The V-6 engine works with a five-speed automatic transmission that can alternate between being fully automatic in the drive position or slotted in SportShift automanual mode to enable gear shifting.
The 2001 Acura TL’s front seats have standard side-impact airbags mounted to the sides with sensors that deactivate the airbag if it detects a small child in the seat. The front-passenger side airbag uses dual inflation. The force of this airbag’s deployment depends on the severity and speed of the collision. Other safety features include traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
The NHTSA gives the TL four stars for frontal crash tests. The NHTSA rates frontal side-impact safety at four stars and rear side-impact safety at five stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura TL: 19/29 mpg city/highway
You Won't Like
- Cheap interior parts
- Cramped back seat
- Excessive body roll
This jack-of-all-trades mixes luxury with performance.
If You Like This Vehicle
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