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.

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