2011 Acura TL

Find Another Acura TL
17 CITY / 25 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability


This midsize luxury sedan has undergone several improvements in recent model years, including a more powerful engine, a re-tuned suspension, an optional manual transmission, and an overall repositioning as a conservatively sporty choice. The 2011 TL carries over from the previous year.

The base model of the 2011 Acura TL features 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, automatic Xenon headlights, power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity, and an 8-speaker sound system. The TL SH-AWD trim steps up to 18-inch wheels (with 19-inch wheels optional), a more powerful engine, Acura's proprietary all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, upgraded brakes and seats, upgraded interior trim, and available two-tone interior. Both trims offer an optional Technology package, which adds a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice recognition, GPS-linked and solar-sensing climate control, upgraded leather upholstery, keyless ignition, and a 10-speaker sound system. The trunk provides just over 13 cubic feet of cargo space, according to the manufacturer.

The 2011 Acura TL's base power plant is a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that works with front-wheel drive and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The TL SH-AWD trim employs a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine and an AWD system that allots varying power to front and rear wheels depending on the situation. With that drivetrain, a 6-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is optional. The base engine delivers 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway; the larger engine returns 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Standard safety features on the 2011 Acura TL include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is optional. The 2011 Acura TL received the highest-possible \"Good\" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in frontal offset, rear-impact, and side-impact crash testing.

Starting MSRP for the 2011 Acura TL was $35,305.


J.D. Power Ratings

Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Overall Performance and Design?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Initial Quality Study
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality?
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Vehicle Dependability Study
Powertrain Dependability?
Body and Interior Dependability?
Overall Dependability?
Feature and Accessory Dependability?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.

The Latest Acura Articles:

Acura is returning to a profile that includes performance and sporty variants, as Honda Motor's premium brand plans to introduce a new turbocharged V-6 engine and bring back Type-S sports variants for all core models in the near future.
Acura is a brand in transition. For 2018, the TLX and RLX sedans adopt Acura’s new exterior design themes, while the ILX sedan and RDX SUV patiently await overdue redesigns.
This year, Acura finally brings the long-awaited resurrection of the NSX sports car to fruition, giving the brand a much-needed injection of identity. Find out what else is new for the entire 2017 Acura car and SUV lineup...
The Precision Concept represents for Acura a light at the end of a dim product development tunnel.
For 2016, Honda Motor Company’s upscale Acura brand has spiced up its lineup with a modified RDX compact premium SUV, which features an exterior refresh and performance modifications.
For Acura, 2015 is a year of little change, yet what's different is certainly significant. Gone from the lineup are the TL and TSX sedans, leaving a void that is being filled by an all-new TLX sedan. Find out what's new for all of the 2015 Acura car and SUV models...
For 2014, Acura has added a new flagship sedan, heavily updated its largest crossover, left a few models unchanged, and discontinued the ZDX.
For 2013, Acura launches the new ILX compact luxury sedan and the redesigned RDX compact luxury crossover SUV. Find out what else is new for the 2013 Acura lineup...
Acura welcomes its first wagon, the TSX Sport Wagon, and the flagship RL receives a host of improvementsAll other models in the automaker's lineup are carryoversHistoryAcura is the luxury brand of Honda Motor Company, a Japanese automaker. Launched in 1986, Acura was the first Japanese brand to enter the upscale luxury segment when it debuted its Legend luxury sedan. That model, based on the Honda Accord platform, was accompanied by the Integra sports coupe/sedan, based on Honda's Quint hatchback (not sold in the United States). Honda's luxury brand continues to focus on high-level automobiles and advanced technology (the company's exotic flagship, the aluminum-bodied NSX sports coupe, was launched in 1991), while the mainstream Honda lineup continues to build economy-minded family-oriented cars and crossovers.
Critical Facts:Acura's first wagon bodystyleFront-wheel drive powertrain2.4-liter four-cylinder engineStandard premium audio systemStandard Bluetooth hands-free communicationEstimated 30 mpg on the highwayAvailable during the fall of 2010IntroductionThe Acura TSX sedan was introduced in 2004 as a 4-door larger sibling to the Acura RSX. Put simply, the TSX sedan was a badge-engineered Honda Accord, which means that the exact car is sold in other parts of the world as the Honda Accord (interestingly enough, the North American market receives its own, larger Honda Accord). When the RSX was discontinued in 2006, the TSX became-and still is-Acura's entry-level offering. Now in its second generation, the Acura TSX sedan was last completely redesigned for the 2009 model year.