2014 Acura TL Review

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The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.

The 2014 Acura TL isn't as luxurious in the traditional sense as some of its German or even American competitors. But in SH-AWD all-wheel-drive guise, it's an engaging sedan, with athletic driving feel coupled to a spacious and comfortable interior.

 

It's also a lame duck: for the 2015 model year, the Acura TL will be replaced by a new sedan, the Acura TLX.

 

You could say that the TL looks a bit robotic, with its unmistakable and controversial metallic beak. That cosmetic feature was toned down in 2012, giving it a little more mainstream appeal, while the interior remains about attractive as any. It's intuitively assembled, with flowing arcs and circles that feel a little like art, without compromising ergonomics. There may be a few too many buttons--like so many of the Acuras on the road today--but we like everything else about it. The interior details don't feel European, nor do they feel terribly overwrought, and the twin-cockpit design doesn't rob too much space for the passengers, either.

 

Acura sells two TLs, with distinctive personalities. The base car has front-wheel drive, relatively spry acceleration, and comfortable and predictable handling along with a well-composed ride. In its tarter SH-AWD edition, the TL gets a more eager 3.7-liter V-6, 305 hp, and all-wheel drive with the ability to modulate power front to back, giving it a more nimble feel. This version also offers a manual transmission.

 

The TL has Honda Accord roots, and there's no shame in it. Not when the TL delivers a lot more space than some of its compact luxury-sedan rivals. The TL isn't what we'd call lavishly outfitted, but it does have great space, excellent long-distance front seats, and an adult-sized rear seat with room for three passengers in medium-distance situations. The only real disappointment is a small, 13.1 cubic-foot trunk.


All TL sedans come with the usual power features, as well as an 8-speaker audio system, a high-res screen for the infotainment, and a USB interface. Add the Tech package and Acura fits a rearview camera, keyless entry, automatic climate control, and navigation with real-time traffic. The navigation itself feels dated. The well-outfitted TL SH-AWD model has the features we want, including blind-spot monitors, a powerful ELS audio system, and ventilated front seats. With a price of about $46,000, it's overlapping the 5-Series and E-Class, which is a problem for a car with a plainer personality, and much less heritage at its back.

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April 17, 2015
For 2014 Acura TL

Best Balance for Performance and Practicality

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Hands down the best automobile I have ever owned. I've had it one year now and haven't had a single issue. The acceleration, braking and cornering are better than I could have asked for. I sit higher from the... + More »
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April 18, 2015
For 1996 Acura TL

What a really cool car this is ......

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I bought this car third hand with eighty thousand miles on it. It had been well cared for by the previous owners and I too, look after it well. I use synthetic oil and change it regularly [3ooo mi.] I burn... + More »
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November 28, 2015
2008 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S

Best and most reliable car I have ever owned!!

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I have owned 3 Acura TL type cars and although the first 2 were ok with various rattles and defects, my 2008TL TL type has been near perfect and still feels like a brand new car. Unless they offer a manual... + More »
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June 1, 2015
2008 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav

A wonderful car that has been almost fawless since purchase.

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It's been a great car with very little problems although once in a while the shifting of the automatic transmission seems to hunt for gear changes, but that is very rarely. While my mileage is low I know that... + More »
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October 2, 2015
2007 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan AT Type-S

The car is bullet proof

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Beautiful car, handles well with good acceleration. No problems at all, only routine maintenance required. Gets very good gas mileage. I use 8 L/KM at about 130km/hr cruise. Does require at least 91 octane... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2007 Acura TL

Best car I've owned (TLS with manual transmission) in terms of handling, reliability and ownership.

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I have owned this 2007 TLS for eight years and have only had to do routine maintenance and tire changes. I have averaged 27 MPG and appreciate the ability to free wheel to increase gas milage with the manual... + More »
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January 16, 2016
2006 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan AT

Have not seen a mechanic in 9 years besides breaks and oil change!

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Can the German brands match this! In 9 years I have not seen a car mechanics besides the routine break jobs and oil change! You can't go wrong if you are planing to purchase a used TL! The car came in fully... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2004 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan 3.2L Automatic w/Navigation

Great used ride

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It is a good used car and was probably awesome as a new one. There was a recall on the windshield wiper motor, but it quit soon after the repair and Acura did not repair it.
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May 10, 2015
2003 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan 3.2L

I'd rather drive an Acura =-)

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I'm 6'5" and I've squirmed in everything I ever drove after about 25 minutes of driving until I bought my 3.2TL. I've driven this 153,000+ miles including a coast-to-coast trip of 4200 miles and there's never... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 1999 Acura TL

This was a lovely car, but it died before its time.

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This was a wonderful car, for a few years. Lots of power, pretty good MPH. But, like the RDX I still have, all the door gaskets deteriorated rapidly, and icy air blew in. Strangely, the motor mounts and other... + More »
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