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The 2011 Acura TL offers most of the tech wizardry of rival models, but the interface has a learning curve.
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A discreetly placed tray holds an MP3 player out of sight while connected to the standard USB port.
Consumer Guide

The center stack has too many similar-looking buttons

a dash sensor measures the sun’s intensity and adjusts the climate settings accordingly
Road & Track

great 10-speaker 440-watt stereo and large navigation screen tarnished only by a busy and button-heavy center stack
Motor Trend

has a very capable voice command system for destination entry

When it comes to showcasing a wide range of high-tech features, the 2011 Acura TL is at its best. Interfacing easily with a host of personal electronics, even the base TL features a standard USB iPod/MP3 interface, an eight-speaker audio system, and a crisp, high-resolution center-mounted display for controlling the infotainment system. Sound quality is good in base form, thunderous with the ten-speaker optional upgrade.

Despite the ease of use, all this gadgetry does necessitate a fair number of buttons, particularly on the steering wheel, meaning the owner's manual may be your best friend for the first few weeks. Once you're familiar with the controls, audio, navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone operation, and voice commands are all at your fingertips.

Going up the scale, the top SH-AWD model sure can seem pricey. At $43,195 as equipped, with the Tech Package, the last SH test car our editors drove included a navigation system with live traffic, weather, and rerouting; a rearview camera; solar-sensing temperature control, keyless access, and an upgraded 440-watt Acura/ELS surround sound system.But it's all relative; equip the 5-Series or E-Class with some of these features and it costs thousands more.


The 2011 Acura TL offers most of the tech wizardry of rival models, but the interface has a learning curve.

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