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7.0
/ 10
On Green
BASE INVOICE
$33,712
BASE MSRP
$35,905
On Green
With only a V-6 as some other luxury sedans its size move to four-cylinder or hybrid powertrains, the 2013 TL is no standout for fuel efficiency.
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18 mpg city, 26 highway (AWD auto); 17/25 (AWD manual); 20/29 (front-wheel drive, 3.5-liter)
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The 2013 Acura TL fills two roles, as a luxury sedan in base form or as more of a sport sedan in SH-AWD trim. And in both of those cases, gas mileage is neither tremendously disappointing nor very good.

Base 2013 Acura TL models with front-wheel drive get a reasonably good 20 mpg city, 29 highway; but SH-AWD models with the somewhat larger 3.7-liter engine and all-wheel drive aren't nearly as frugal or efficient. With the automatic transmission, models with SH-AWD get 18 mpg city, 26 highway, and with the six-speed manual gearbox it's rated at just 17/25.

We should note that we've as well or better than the EPA ratings in the SH-AWD models; in one with the manual gearbox we averaged nearly 23 mpg in about 400 miles of cold-weather driving—about two-thirds of it on the highway.

Conclusion

With only a V-6 as some other luxury sedans its size move to four-cylinder or hybrid powertrains, the 2013 TL is no standout for fuel efficiency.

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