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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 found itself with more polarizing design than it intended when it was updated in 2009, but it's since grown into its styling. The exterior looks at home with the current Acura lineup, and a refresh in 2012 helped the TL find a softer, less extreme way to stand out in the segment.
The TL's metallic beak has been a point of controversy, and the overall design seems almost robot-inspired. There are more curves now than there were when the current model debuted, and those subtle changes–a new grille and a few other nuances that increased the attractiveness and decreased the weird-factor–have helped increase the car's popularity. It's legitimately attractive now, and the untrained eyes might even expect it to be a rear-wheel drive car, thanks to its lower nose and tall hips.
The 2014 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.
Good proportions and crisp details have kept the Acura TL looking good.