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 cockpit has a lot to like, though it's starting to age a bit. It's not at all controversial, what with its gently circular themes and well-executed twin-cockpit layout. It's logical but artful, and doesn't stand out as overwrought or excessively derivative.