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STYLING | 8 out of 10
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.
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.
the beak-shaped grille surround is a bit harder to take
The Acura TL was more of an outlier than it intended to be at the time of its last redesign, for 2009, but it's grown into itself since then. Its exterior fits in well with the current luxury style, and the set of minor changes made to the TL along the way have helped the design feel more cohesive.
The TL's seemingly robot-inspired look, including its unmistakable metallic beak, has been controversial—or refreshing, depending on how you see it. Last year, Acura toned down that styling, just a little bit, with a few changes that were relatively subtle on their own—a new chrome grille surround and a few other new details—but brought more beauty, less gawkiness. In back, last year's retouch brought a higher rear license plate, a new rear diffuser, and wide dual exhaust exits. Overall, the TL looks attractive--and without knowing anything about this model we might say that its proportions make it look like a rear-wheel-drive sedan.
The 2013 TL has a less controversial interior that's actually quite beautiful, with gentle arcs and circles, and a setup that's artful yet mostly logical. The interior is a bit cluttered—essentially what we think of many Acura interiors today—but we like everything else about it. The twin-cockpit design is smooth but doesn't rob too much space, and the details do stand out as neither overwrought nor overly Euro-influenced.
The 2013 Acura TL is sporty and different on the outside, crisp and nicely proportioned on the outside.