Acura TL

In 1995, Acura unveiled the new Acura TL as its car for the midsize luxury sedan category to replace the Acura Vigor. Until 2007, the Acura TL was the best-selling car produced by Acura. In the U.S., it has been the second best-selling car in the class behind the 3 Series produced by BMW. Since the launch of the first generation of the Acura TL in 1995, there have been three subsequent versions, with the current Acura TL model being the fourth generation.

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Acura TL Origins

TL stands for Touring Luxury, and the use of this name began the shift of Acura from using names for vehicles to using alphanumeric designations. In fact, the Acura TL is the very first of all Acura vehicles to use the new naming convention made to focus more on the manufacturer than on the car name.

About the Acura TL

The Acura TL underwent a refresh in 2011, so the 2012 models have restyled fronts and backs. While they display several cosmetic changes, a significant update includes the switch to a six-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission greatly improves the performance and efficiency of the Acura TL. In keeping with the reputation of creating technologically advanced vehicles, Acura offers the Technology package for both versions, which improves and increases the audio and technology already found in the base models.

Acura TL Features

The 2012 version of the Acura TL is part of the fourth generation, which debuted in 2009. One of the most obvious changes is the move to the power-plenum upper grille from the original grille. The car is slightly larger than previous versions, and the wheelbase has also been increased. This size boost improves room and comfort for all passengers both front and rear, as well as additional cargo space in the back.

There are two different versions of the Acura TL: the base and the SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive), which replaces the Type-S model. The base model has front-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The Acura TL SH-AWD contains a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive: Acura designed this system to not only provide traction and control during adverse driving conditions, but to improve overall performance. Both versions have five-speed automatic transmissions with shift paddles on the steering wheel. In 2010, a six-speed manual-transmission version was added.

Acura TL Evolution

The first 1996 model was the Acura 2.5 TL, with 2.5 indicating that it comes with a 2.5-liter engine. Shortly after the debut of the Acura 2.5 TL, the company released the 3.2 TL. Within the luxury sedan market, the 2.5 TL remained the sportier of the two versions, while the 3.2 TL focused more on comfort. There are very little differences between the two models, but the engine in the 3.2 TL is mounted in a longitudinal position along the front to rear axis. The common way of mounting an engine is transverse across the vehicle, but Acura claims that by mounting it differently there is better weight distribution and less nose dive.

Before the second generation of the Acura TL was unveiled in 1998, the first generation went through two updates, which included the addition of a moonroof to all vehicles in 1997. The second generation 3.2 TL is based on the Honda Accord platform. Drivers have the option of an automatic transmission or a four-speed automatic equipped with sport shift. With the launch of the second generation, the 2.5L engine version was dropped. Each year, the model was tweaked with new features and the body refreshed and updated. In 2000, a five-speed automatic transmission became available.

In 2003, the third generation Acura TL models became available. With the launch of the third generation of the Acura TL the company dropped the engine description, and all future models carry the TL name. This new version of the TL is based on the seventh generation of the Honda Accord. Drivers can choose between a five-speed automatic transmission with sport shift and a six-speed manual transmission. The third generation models of the Acura TL were the first cars in the U.S. market to have a six-disc DVD audio system. Bluetooth and a top-of-the-line navigation system come in all vehicles. In 2007, the Type-S version of the TL returned with a 3.5-liter engine and multiple cosmetic changes to the exterior and interior, as well as changes to the engine and body. A special badge is even used on the Type-S versions of the car.

Select an Acura TL Year

2013 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The Acura TL was left to fend for itself from 2009 to 2012, but since the exterior was revamped and the interior was made to match the competition, the 2013 Acura TL has blossomed into a well-performing and attractive midsize car.

2012 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

For 2012, the TL ties in a new look with its impressive performance with a new front bumper that holds up a newly refined grille. Updated headlights, turn signals, and a new fog light design also gets a facelift improving the front-end's aerodynamics.

2011 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

For 2012, the TL ties in a new look with its impressive performance with a new front bumper that holds up a newly refined grille. Updated headlights, turn signals, and a new fog light design also gets a facelift improving the front-end's aerodynamics.

2008 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

For its price range, few cars compete with the 2008, midsize entry-level, four-door luxury sport sedan, Acura TL.

2007 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

Back in 2004, the Acura third-generation TL received distinctive styling and driving competence to take its place among the best within the midsize luxury segment.

2006 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

Acura became a real contender in the world of luxury sedans with the introduction of the TL in 1999.

2005 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 2005 Acura TL is designed with family use in mind, and family-minded buyers constitute the bulk of this entry-level luxury sedan’s audience.

2004 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 2004 Acura TL marks the third model year after the carmaker’s redesign of the vehicle.

2003 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

2002 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

2001 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 2001 Acura TL uses front drive and classifies as a midlevel sedan derived from the Honda Accord.

2000 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 2000 Acura TL classifies as a midsize sedan introduced by Acura in 1995 as a successor to the Vigor.

1999 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

For the 1999 Acura TL, there is a lot of tough competition in the market.

1998 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 1998 Acura TL does not have the same level of style as a Mercedes-Benz or BMW luxury sedan.

1997 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 1997 Acura TL is an entry-level vehicle in the highly-competitive near-luxury sedan market.

1996 Acura TL

Luxury, Sedan

The 1996 Acura TL is a sedan that comes with two engine choices and one transmission option.