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Acura TL

Model News
The Acura TL is unchanged for 2014.
Model Highlights
The mid-size Acura TL returns largely unchanged for 2014. The car continues to feature the bold, angular yet sleek styling that Acura is now known for and a roomy interior with a host of high-tech features. On the inside, the TL has a layout that affords both the driver and front passenger their own personal space, divided by a center console and audio controls that protrude outward. Front occupants get firm but comfortable sport seats and there's space in back for three adults across. A 280-horsepower, 3.5L V6 powers the front-wheel-drive TL through a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive SH-AWD model gets a 305-horsepower, 3.7L V6 and a throaty high-flow dual exhaust system that brings more of a sport-sedan character. Although the all-wheel-drive model does improve the TL's available traction in snow and on slippery roads, the primary focus of the SH-AWD (super handling) is to improve stability in sharp corners by sending torque to the wheels that need it most. The SH-AWD offers an optional 6-speed manual transmission. For both trims, a double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link setup assure a firm but smooth ride. The SH-AWD model is tuned for more responsive handling without giving up ride comfort by incorporating a performance-tuned suspension, larger wheels and tires and a version of the electric power steering system tuned for better road feel. Versions equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission also receive numerous other changes to the vehicle's dynamics, including a self-adjusting clutch assembly and a specially calibrated Hill Start Assist that helps hold the vehicle on inclines of 8 degrees or more. The hood is made of aluminum for weight savings in both models. Standard features on the TL include dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink calling interface and an 8-speaker, 276-watt sound system. XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth audio streaming are also standard. Options are limited on the TL, the most noteworthy of them being the Technology Package. It brings premium Milano leather surfaces, plus Acura's voice-recognition navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather info, a surround-sound premium system with ten speakers, 440 watts and a 2,500-song hard-drive system and Keyless Access. An active noise cancellation system and ambient lighting system are also included. The Advance option package is also available, which adds a blind spot warning system, larger wheels and ventilated front seats.
Pros
Thanks to its aggressive styling, the TL stands out in its class; its two separate models cater separately to comfort-oriented buyers and performance enthusiasts. The TL's technology features are better than most other mid-size luxury cars.
Value Writeup
Distinctive styling; roomy interior; ride quality; high-tech features
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)3726
Suspension
Suspension Type - FrontDouble Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - RearMulti-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)Multi-Link
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)20 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)29 (Est)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A)23 (Est)
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary)550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)130
Transmission
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)0.75
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.72
First Gear Ratio (:1)3.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.07
Reverse Ratio (:1)2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)2.10
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)0.56
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.49
Trans Description Cont.Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again 
Trans Order Code 
Trans Type6
Brakes
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) 
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)12.6
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)13.2
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 
Vehicle
EPA ClassificationMid-Size Cars
Engine
Displacement3.5 L/212
Engine Order Code 
Engine TypePremium Unleaded V-6
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM280 @ 6200
SAE Net Torque @ RPM254 @ 5000