Intro: The Acura TL's styling is going into its third year and aging well. The mid-size luxury sedan continues to look fresh and sporty. The TL's bodywork, described by Acura as Keen Edge Dynamic, gives off a premium image that also hints at the underlying performance.
The TL's sharp-edged styling is distinctive, featuring deep character lines that along with Acura's signature "shield" grille suggest motion. while standard equipment like high intensity discharge headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights offer real world value.
Performance: The base engine for the TL is a 3.5-liter V6 sending 280 horsepower and 254 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Acura's Super-Handling All Wheel Drive TL gets a 3.7-liter V6 sending 305 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque through either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy: Fuel economy for the TL is as follows:
Features: Acura TLs are exceptionally well equipped. A 10-way power driver's seat with two-way power lumbar is standard. The front passenger gets an 8-way power seat, and everyone is treated to leather seating surfaces. Dual-zone automatic climate controls shrug off the seasons. A 276-watt audio system includes a six-disc CD changer, USB and iPod interfaces, Bluetooth audio, Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound, eight speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer.
Our Tech Package model with Super-Handling All Wheel Drive came equipped with Navigation with backup camera and real-time traffic and weather updates. Other upgraded features include heated front seats, keyless entry with remote start, and 10-speaker 440-watt, AM/FM/CD/DVD system with USB port and auxiliary jack.
Safety: Standard Safety features on the TL include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, dual stage airbags, vehicle stability assist, side impact door beams, lower anchors and tethers for children, and front and rear crumple zones.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Acura TL is $35,305. An all wheel drive model will start at $38,855. The TL is backed by a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With a long low profile, a host of tech savvy features and two great powerplant options, the 2011 TL looks to continue its campaign as Acura's most popular 4-door offering.