2014 Acura TL 6AT

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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
6AT$39,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
A-Spec 6AT$41,490 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Technology Package 6AT$43,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD 6AT$43,990 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
A-Spec SH-AWD 6AT$45,490 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Technology Package 6AT$47,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Technology Package 6MT$47,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SH-AWD Elite Package 6AT$49,590 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

February 03, 2015 thru March 02, 2015
Cash
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
6AT$39,990$7,500$0
A-Spec 6AT$41,490$7,500$0
Technology Package 6AT$43,590$7,500$0
SH-AWD 6AT$43,990$7,500$0
A-Spec SH-AWD 6AT$45,490$7,500$0
SH-AWD Technology Package 6MT$47,590$7,500$0
SH-AWD Technology Package 6AT$47,590$7,500$0
SH-AWD Elite Package 6AT$49,590$7,500$0
Finance
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
A-Spec 6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
Technology Package 6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
SH-AWD 6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
A-Spec SH-AWD 6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
SH-AWD Technology Package 6MT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
SH-AWD Technology Package 6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
SH-AWD Elite Package 6AT$7,500$00.90%0.90%0.90%0.90%4.99%4.99%N/A
Lease
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
A-Spec 6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
Technology Package 6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
SH-AWD 6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
A-Spec SH-AWD 6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
SH-AWD Technology Package 6MT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
SH-AWD Technology Package 6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A
SH-AWD Elite Package 6AT$7,500$05.49%5.49%5.49%5.49%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

Engine 3.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM280
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Body typeSedan
Number of Doors4
Passenger5
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
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.


Audio

Audio system with 6 CDs, AM/FM radio, satellite radio (reads MP3 format), touch screen and colour screen
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB
6-disc CD changer in dashboard
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
8 speakers
Element antenna

Body Exterior

Chrome/bright trim around side windows
Front mud flaps

Brakes

Electronic brake distribution
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Brake assist system
ABS

Bumpers

Painted front and rear bumpers

Charges

Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,995.00
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00

Convenience

Cruise control
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Remote control trunk/hatch release
4 passenger assist handles
Garage door opener
Front and rear reading lights
Smart key: ; includes memory seat
HandsFreeLink voice activating system; includes phone
2 12V in front
Coming home device
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Memorized adjustment: includes door mirror position
Cargo area light

Dimensions

Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 371
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 976, rear headroom (mm): 932, front hip room (mm): 1,415, rear hip room (mm): 1,392, front leg room (mm): 1,080, rear leg room (mm): 920, front shoulder room (mm): 1,477, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,428 and interior volume (litres): 2,781
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,928, overall width (mm): 1,880, overall height (mm): 1,452, wheelbase (mm): 2,775, front track (mm): 1,605, rear track (mm): 1,620 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,700

Doors

Body colour exterior door handles
Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged

Engine

Emissions data: CO2: 4,214 kg/yr
Engine: 3.5L V 6 OHC VTEC with VVT

Engine Performance

Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 10.4 ; highway= 6.8 ; combined= 8.8 ;
Power: 280 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 254 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

Fuel

Fuel: premium unleaded ( 91 octane)
Fuel tank: 70 litre capacity
Fuel system: multi-point injection

Instrumentation

Tachometer
Low tire pressure monitor displays pressure
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Compass
Service interval indicator
External temperature
Main dashboard display

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: none
Luxury trim: leather on shifter, alloy look on center floor console, alloy look on doors, alloy look on dashboard and none

Lights

Headlight control with dusk sensor
LED brake lights, side indicator lights and rear lights
Front fog lights
Daytime running lights
Headlights: Xenon with projector beam lens

Locks

Anti-theft protection
Remote keyless power locks ; includes power windows and automatic locking
Immobilizer

Paint

Pearl paint

Roof

Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening

Safety

2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
LATCH
Front to rear curtain airbags
Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Good, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 4, 5, 4.00 and 4
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Front side airbags
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center

Seats

Rear seat center armrest
Seating: 5 passengers
Seat upholstery: leather
Front seat center armrest
Rear seats: non-folding bench with seating for three
Front driver seat : heated, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: memorized height, power lumbar and memorized tilt, front passenger seat : heated, bucket with 4 power adjustments ; details: power height and power tilt

Service

Main service variable distance/period
Intermediate service 8,000, variable distance/period and 4,971

Steering

Leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
Vehicle speed proportional power steering type

Storage

Dashboard console with covered storage, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console
Cupholders in front row and rear seats

Suspension

Independent front wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Transmission

3.722:1 axle ratio
Front-wheel drive
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) stability control
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
Transmission: Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. paddle shifters

Ventilation

Ventilation system with cabin filter
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls

Version

4-door sedan
Trim level:
Date introduced:
Powertrain type : combustion
Data completeness
Version information 05 Nov 2014

Visibility

Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with automatic tilting for reverse and indicator lights
Front power windows with 2 express, rear power windows
Zone tinted windshield
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Rear window with defroster
Tinted glass
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe

Warranty

Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km

Weights

Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,695 and Manufacturer’s own

Wheels

Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x 8.0"
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim
Front and rear all-season tires 245/50/V