Acura TL Review

Acura TL model had peaked in the early 2000s when sales in the alone US stayed well about 70 thousand per year, if you would compare that number to the 10 610 vehicles sold in 2014 you’ll know why this entry-level luxury car was discontinued. Acura, just like any other automotive manufacturer is not immune from the public’s infatuation with SUVs and crossovers, thus, cars are the first to go. Everyone is getting read of the cars and putting their money towards crossover/SUV improvement. Thought, the line didn’t vanish, after its fourth generation, Acura has replaced it together with the TSX by the new TLX model. The TXL is a very successful Acura model to this day and the 2020 version looks spectacular. 

The Pros

  • Exiting price
  • Roomy interior
  • Outstanding AWD system
  • Great tech lineup
  • Sporty handling
  • Blind Spot Information System 

The Cons

  • Competition offers better performance
  • Though attractive, exterior looks generic 

Acura TL Overview

Acura TL

Since Acura ended the TL production in 2014, we are looking at a used car, and this one might just be one of the best. First of all, we’ve now seen the financially savvy sedan shoppers labeling this one a great bargain. Secondly, if you would take a quick look at ratings and reviews from expert sources (either Edmunds of the Consumer Reports) in the last couple of years the TL 2014 has landed on more than one  “Best Used Vehicles” list. A bit of trivia: the TL was once the second-best-selling luxury vehicle in the US, losing out only to the BMW. 

Overall, the TL isn’t a flashy luxury car, you won’t be able to identify it a mile away, but, I has a lot to offer all for a great price. It is a very reliable vehicle with outstanding safety features, it runs on a solid V6, has a top-notch cabin with admirable craftsmanship and though its performance doesn’t match European luxury car lineup, well, then again who does? Just remember that this particular mid size sedan is an upscale modern car. Meaning, the performance is highly satisfying, there’s an abundance of helpful of tech, and heaps of comfort and convenience. 

The 2014 TL comes in two trim levels: the base TL and the special edition one -TL SH-AWD. 

Exterior

Though some even go as far as calling the 2012 exterior revamp of the TL a “controversial design”, it is really a pretty unassuming vehicle. Everyone really hated the 2009 nine exterior overhaul so Acura actually listened and produced an attractive vehicle in 2012. It is a handsome exterior complemented by the beak-like grille that ads a bit of sleekness to the wide hood. The TL has narrow headlights that look like the grille extensions and beautifully frame the hood. The look is boosted with sophisticated colors like the Basque Red Pearl or the Graphite Luster Metallic. The aluminum wheels with handsome rim design and a proper ratio of wheel-to-car really compliments the design. Wheels come in 17-inch, 18- or 19-inch versions. 

Exterior of the Acura TL

Interior

The interior is quiet, highly functional and stylish with enough space for five adults. The cabin looks luxurious, everything in sight is well-made, there is more than enough leg and headroom in the front and back. The dashboard layout looks convenient and easy to access and use, and though it looks complicated and overcrowded with buttons – it is definitely easier to use than it looks. Leather is standard on all of the trims and you can choose between the three beautiful interior color schemes. Interior design and convenience is one of the most important things amongst all of the aspects, and the TL offers a well-crafted cabin with a lot of character. 

Performance

Powering the 2014 Acura TL base trim is the 3.5-liter V6 generating up to 280 hp and a 6-speed automatic transmission with FWD. The fuel economy on this trim is 23 mpg combined. The top trim produces 305 hp and has a bigger 3.7-liter V6 underneath the hood and with the TL SH-AWD, you can choose between the 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy here is a  21 mpg combined if you go for the automatic or 20 combined with the manual one. 

Technology

Never mind the 2014 tech, this sedan is well-equipped and highly functional even now. Acura definitely has all of the staples covered, thus you can count on Bluetooth, Cruise Control, USB, Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry, Hands-Free Phone, Remote Keyless Entry, Push-Button Engine Start and Remote Engine Start all being here at your disposal. Entertainment standard tech is represented by the MP3 Player, Satellite Radio and a CD Player, plus there’s the 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with Bluetooth streaming.  The Technology package takes it up a notch with the 10-speaker premium sound system with a hard drive, navigation, GPS-linked climate-control system and much more. 

Value

The average price for a used 2014 TL will of course depend on many things – condition, mileage, trim, etc. Be prepared to spend between 15 086 USD to 19 055 USD. The original price was 36 030 – 45 510 USD. 

Seats

2014 TL is a five-seater. The seats are comfortable and with a good lumbar support. The genuine leather upholstery is standard on all of the trims and you can opt for the heated and ventilated seating options. Seats are roomy and look very stylish. And, this is one of those rare cars when in a five-seater all of the five passengers can be full-grown adults and all of them will be comfortable. 

Climate control

There’ a dual-zone automatic climate control. 

Infotainment System

The Acura has a well-placed infotainment 8-inch screen, navigation, voice recognition along with 15 GB of storage for the music. 

Interior of the Acura TL

Storage and Space

A huge drawback – the cargo space is subpar: just a tad above 13 cubic feet in FWD models and 12.5 in the AWD. Furthermore, the seats in the back don’t fold down, so there isn’t a way to boost that space. 

Comfort

It is hard to imagine that anyone can be uncomfortable in the 2014 TL, it is roomy, with good CC, stable ride and supportive seating. 

Seat comfort

The seats are very accommodating, firm with good lumbar support. They are spacious and there is more than enough room in the front and back. There is an option of ventilated/heated seating and leather upholstery feels soft and luxurious.  

Ride comfort

The ride is generally smooth. The standard suspension on the base model offers a very lively handling and the firmer suspension on the AWD version gives the sedan a sharper more agile feel behind the wheel. 

Quality

It’s a very quiet and overall refined ride, the MDX is well isolated and most of the bumps on the road go unnoticed.  

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA gave the TL a rating of 4 out of 5 stars on most of the crash tests. 

Should I Buy the Acura TL?

It is a solid entry-level luxury sedan for a very moderate price.   

How Much Does it cost? 

15 086 USD -19 055USD