The Honda Accord's platform isn't a bad place to start when it comes to the TL's interior space and comfort. It's larger and more passenger-friendly than any other luxury sedans with the same exterior dimensions, and Acura gives it all the right appointments to make the TL feel like a proper luxury car.
What's most surprising is how different the TL can feel from the Accord. The driving position is lower and feels more sporty, and the hooded gauges and wrap-around cockpit give it a more intimate feel than America's go-to family four-door.
The TL is equipped with nearly ideal front seats. They're supportive and sized generously. Highway trips are a joy, though we'd want more side bolstering if our commute included more than a dozen miles of switchbacks.
In back, the TL offers up space for three across for short trips. Two adults will be fine on longer trips, though headroom isn't the TL's long suit in back.
The TL only disappoints in minor ways, in terms of space and comfort. The trunk is small, at about 13.1 cubic feet. And while base cars are admirably quiet, the SH-AWD models have noisier tires that drill their sound into the cabin.