2014 Acura TL FWD

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The 2014 Acura TL is a fine alternative to the luxury sedans offered by the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Acura. It comes with a powerful 3.7-litre V6 engine and Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. On top of that, the sedan offers a plethora of special features along with a well-designed cabin and slick body.

If you're looking a midsize luxury sedan with a stylish look, a ton of features and excellent performance on the road, then the 2014 Acura TL is the car you've been searching for. It may not be luxurious in the way you're used to, especially if you compare it to its German or even American rivals, but it can still hold its ground.

On the outside, it almost looks like a robot, as crazy as that sounds, due to its prominent yet highly controversial metallic break. The feature in question was actually even more pronounced in the models released prior to 2012, so it looks a little more mainstream now. As such, if you prefer a car that appears more or less conventional, you'll probably hate this design. On the other hand, if you're looking for something unique-looking, then you'll feel right at home.

In terms of external features, the TL base model gets 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, fog lights, a sunroof, heated side mirrors and keyless entry. The TL SH-AWD model provides 18-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension. There's also the option adding 19-inch wheels, if that's something that interests you.

Once you step inside, you'll find a very competently-constructed cabin that features intuitive design and controls. The design doesn't feel over-the-top like in so many other cars or overly conservative like in certain European vehicles, so it may take time to get used to it. For instance, you may at first be turned off by the excessive amount of buttons, which is a flaw in all the modern Acuras, but it wouldn't take long for you to get accustomed to them. That said, TL's rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series are much "simpler" in this regard.

The features in the base model, which are plentiful, include a standard USB iPod/MP3 interface, an eight-speaker audio system and a clear high-definition centre display that controls the infotainment system. You can also add a navigation system with live weather, traffic and rerouting, a rearview camera, solar-sensing temperature control and a 440-watt Acura/ELS surround sound system. The SH-AWD model, which comes with all the aforementioned features, make for a very decent purchase. Plus, it costs almost the same amount as a base Mercedes-Benz E-Class or a BMW 5-Series, which should make the car even more appealing to you – unless you just like spending money.

Under the hood, the new Acura TL comes with a selection of two engines. The base model gets a 3.6-litre V6, which can produce 280 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. This one is available as a front-wheel drive and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It take roughly less than seven seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h, which is not bad – but not great either.

The TL SH-AWD model comes with a bigger 3.7-litre V6 engine that can pump out 205 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the other engine, this one can be paired either with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. This particular model also features Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system that shifts power between the front and back wheels and adjusts the power flow in the back wheels to make cornering more fluent. Both engines offer average fuel economy for this car class, so don't expect to save money on fuel.

Overall, the 2014 Acura TL is a very respectable car. It's powerful, unique-looking and feature-rich – it has everything a luxury sedan should have. So, if you're looking for an alternative to a BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz, then this can be it.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
FWD$39,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto 2WD A-Spec$41,490 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
FWD with Technology Package$43,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD Automatic$43,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD A-Spec$45,490 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD with Technology Package and Automatic$47,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD with Technology Package and Manual$47,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD with Elite Package$49,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

January 03, 2015 thru February 02, 2015
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
4dr Sdn Auto 2WD A-Spec$41,490$7,500$0
FWD with Technology Package$43,590$7,500$0
AWD Automatic$43,990$7,500$0
4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD A-Spec$45,490$7,500$0
AWD with Technology Package and Automatic$47,590$7,500$0
AWD with Technology Package and Manual$47,590$7,500$0
AWD with Elite Package$49,590$7,500$0
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
4dr Sdn Auto 2WD A-Spec$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
FWD with Technology Package$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
AWD Automatic$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD A-Spec$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
AWD with Technology Package and Automatic$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
AWD with Technology Package and Manual$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
AWD with Elite Package$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
4dr Sdn Auto 2WD A-Spec$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
FWD with Technology Package$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
AWD Automatic$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD A-Spec$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
AWD with Technology Package and Automatic$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
AWD with Technology Package and Manual$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
AWD with Elite Package$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

EnginePremium Unleaded V-6
Horsepower @RPM280 @ 6200
Displacement3.5 L/212
Torque @RPM254 @ 5000
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
Fuel Economy (Hwy)6.8 (Est) L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)10.4 (Est) L/100 km
Body type4dr Car
Drive TrainN/A
Power and Performance:

Two V6 engines are available for the 2014 Acura TL. Front-wheel-drive models use a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter, while all-wheel-drive versions employ a 305-horsepower 3.7-liter. Most buyers will opt for Acura's smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that is eager to kick down and also features paddle shifters for those rare times you want to imitate Mario Andretti. The most engaging (but least fuel-efficient) TL is the 6-speed manual-transmission model, only available on AWD models. The 2014 Acura TL returns up to 29 mpg, respectable given its power. All models require premium-grade gasoline.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Interiors and Special Features:

The 2014 Acura TL offers a roomy interior with a decidedly modern look, thanks in large part to designers' use of crisp lines and nicely sculpted aluminum trim. Though some potential buyers may miss the warmer look that comes with traditional wood accents, no one can fault the quality of the other materials here, including the leather upholstery with contrasting stitching and soft-touch surfaces throughout. Taken together, the overall effect can best be described as understated yet classy.

The TL's interior also gets high marks when it comes to function. Despite the amount of technology on offer here, the design and layout of gauges, displays and controls makes accessing all these features a lot easier than you might expect at first glance. Voice commands that come as part of the Technology option package also work well, allowing the driver to keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.

Up front, the nicely bolstered seats are as comfortable and supportive as they are good looking. The rear seats are also generously sized, offering accommodations that are much kinder to adult passengers than those in many comparable models.

Out back, you'll find the TL's trunk a bit on the small side. Base models offer a mere 13.1 cubic feet of space, while the TL SH-AWD's trunk shrinks to just 12.5 cubic feet.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

Safety features:

For 2014, the TL features six airbags and active head restraints for both the driver and front passenger. And like most of the Acura lineup, the TL is built with Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure technology.

In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the TL scored four out of five stars if the frontal and side-impact crash tests, and five stars in the rollover test. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the 2014 Acura TL its highest rating of Good in all its tests, and ranks the TL a Top Safety Pick.

Originally appeared on Auto Trader.


Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft) 13.1

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130


G/km Of CO2 Emissions N/A
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A


Displacement 3.5 L/212
Engine Type Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 280 @ 6200
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 254 @ 5000

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in) 57.2
Length, Overall (in) 194
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.5
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.8
Wheelbase (in) 109.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 70

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 38.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.1
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft) 98.2
Second Head Room (in) 36.7
Second Hip Room (in) 54.8
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2


Battery Range (km) N/A
Cruising Range - City (mi) 1582.33
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 2420.03
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 10.4 (Est)
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 6.8 (Est)
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - City N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Combined N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Hwy N/A


Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A


Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link


Front Tire Size P245/50VR17
Rear Tire Size P245/50VR17
Spare Tire Size Compact


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A


Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain Front 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 Type 6


EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3737


Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 8
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 8
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact

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Engine: 3.5L SOHC 24-Valve VTEC V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/Paddle Shifters -inc: grade logic control
Transmission w/Oil Cooler
Front-Wheel Drive
3.72 Axle Ratio
65-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
130 Amp Alternator
4696# Gvwr 871# Maximum Payload
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
70 L Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist


Wheels: 17" x 8" Aluminum-Alloy
Tires: P245/50R17 98V M&S AS
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Coloured Front Bumper
Body-Coloured Rear Bumper
Stainless Steel Side Windows Trim, Stainless Steel Front Windshield Trim and Stainless Steel Rear Window Trim
Body-Coloured Door Handles
Body-Coloured Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Body-Coloured Front Splash Guards
Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
Front License Plate Bracket
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Programmable Projector Beam High Intensity Low Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights


Radio: AM/FM 6-Disc CD w/MP3/WMA Changer -inc: Acura 8-speaker, 276W sound system, Dolby Pro-Logic II, AM/FM tuner (RDS enabled), audio anti-theft feature, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth audio, disc title display, integrated glass antenna, Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), USB device connector and XM satellite radio, XM satellite radio includes a no-charge trial of 3 months, Requires subscription beyond trial period
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
1 LCD Monitor In The Front


Heated Front Seats -inc: 8-way power adjustment driver's seat w/2-way power lumbar support and 2-position memory, 8-way power adjustment passenger's seat, adjustable front/rear head restraints and dual-level heated front seats
Leather Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Bench Front Facing Leather Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
5 Person Seating Capacity
Leather Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch and Power Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert, Aluminum And Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leather Door Trim Insert
Leather Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Cargo Space Lights
Door Mirrors
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest w/Storage and Rear Centre Armrest w/Pass-Thru
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration


Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

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