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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
A discreetly placed tray holds an MP3 player out of sight while connected to the standard USB port.
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
has a very capable voice command system for destination entry
The base 2014 TL falls easily into the luxury sedan category, which should leave commuters comfortable for long hauls to work and confident when they pull up to the valet lane for dinner. Look to the Tech and Advanced models of the TL and you'll find yourself with a luxury car equipped with modern technologies and active-safety features.
All TL models come with an eight-speaker audio system, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and a crisp display for controlling the infotainment system.
At the top of the lineup, the Advance Package adds to that ventilated seats, a blind-spot system, and 19-inch wheels.
The Tech Package adds a navigation system with live traffic, weather, and rerouting, plus a rearview camera; solar-sensing temperature control, keyless access, and an upgraded 440-watt Acura/ELS surround sound system--a system that we love for its thunderous power yet clarity. However, we're not fans of the navigation interface itself, or of the cobbled-together way its menu system feels.
As we see it, the SH-AWD model with the Advance Package makes quite the well-rounded, high-tech sport sedan. But at the same time, with a bottom-line price of about $46k, it's worth keeping in mind that's nearly the cost of a base-level Mercedes-Benz E-Class or BMW 5-Series.
Technology is Acura's calling card, and the TL doesn't disapppoint.