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2011 Acura TL - Styling Review

 
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A controversial snout is about all that’s not to like in an otherwise edgy yet functional sport-sedan design.
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at least the newest Acura face looks better on the TL than the TSX or RL
Car and Driver

The front end is gutsy--Acura is trying here--though it is a bit locomotive-esque.
AutoWeek

questionably-styled sheetmetal
Motor Trend

Looking something like a concept car that escaped from an auto show, it features Acura's controversial shield grille, which makes up part of the car's protruding nose.
Cars.com

the beak-shaped grille surround is a bit harder to take
CNET

Skinned with a high-tech but controversial look, the 2011 Acura TL has, for many, a love-it-or-leave-it design. Still, heads swivel when the TL drives by. The more restrained mid-lux sedan owner may roll their eyes at its seemingly robot-inspired sheetmetal (it's really the front end; the rest is very agreeable), but younger or more adventurous buyers may find it refreshing. Technophiles will find the TL's collection of digital creases and prominent prow a welcome change from the organic designs of competing sedans.

While exterior styling is controversial—especially the snout—the interior feels like a home run. Neither derivative nor over-the-top, the smooth, swoopy design impresses as a smoother version of recent Acura and Honda designs, especially with respect to the instrument panel. While the twin-cockpit design couldn't be pulled off functionally in a compact sedan, the TL's generous size allows it. Gentle arcs and circles predominate, beautifully melding leather and synthetic, analog and digital in an artful yet logical way that is uniquely Acura. Unfortunately, Acura chooses the cold, harsh light of white/blue LEDs for the TL's overhead illumination.

Conclusion

A controversial snout is about all that’s not to like in an otherwise edgy yet functional sport-sedan design.

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