2014 Acura TL Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$36,030-$45,510
$33,828-$42,602
18 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What's New for 2014:

  • No changes as TL enters final year of production

Introduction
The 2014 Acura TL is a midsize sport sedan that is sized and priced between traditional entry-level and midsize luxury sedan segments. As such, it competes against a range of models, but is most closely aligned with the Audi A4, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q50, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Models and Features
Three versions of the 2014 Acura TL are on sale: the TL, TL Special Edition, and the TL SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). The Special Edition version has unique 18-in. aluminum wheels, a decklid spoiler, keyless access system with push-button starting, and contrast stitching for the leather seats. The SH-AWD version adds a more powerful engine, all-wheel-drive (AWD), hill-start assist, and more aggressive tires.

Options and Packages
The base TL and the SH-AWD can be further upgraded with a Technology package and an Advance package. The Technology package contains premium leather seats, a navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather reports, reversing camera, premium audio system, keyless entry with push-button starting, solar-sensing and GPS-linked climate control system, and a rear spoiler. The Advance package includes heated and ventilated front seats and a blind-spot information system.

Under the Hood
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine installed in the TL and TL Special Edition is rated to generate 280 horsepower, delivered to the car's front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters and grade logic control.

The more powerful TL SH-AWD features a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine and Acura's torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which can deliver up to 80% of engine output to one of the rear wheels, depending on driving conditions. This drivetrain includes the same 6-speed automatic transmission described above, and a 6-speed manual gearbox is optional for the TL SH-AWD with the Technology package.

Fuel Economy
Both of the 2014 Acura TL model's engines require premium fuel. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 is EPA-rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the TL SH-AWD model's fuel-economy estimates are 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Choose the manual gearbox and those numbers for the SH-AWD drop by one mpg each.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 TL received an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars). Note that in the frontal-impact test the protection rating for the front-seat passenger is 3 stars, and that in the side-impact test the protection rating for the driver is also 3 stars.

In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the 2014 TL receives a \"Top Safety Pick\" rating, one of just a few models in its segment to do so. According to IIHS testing guidelines, had Acura offered a front crash prevention system of some kind, the TL would have received a \"Top Safety Pick+\" rating.

Speaking of safety features, aside from a reversing camera and a blind-spot information system, the TL is unavailable with modern technologies that are becoming increasingly common not only for luxury vehicles but also for mainstream models, such as a forward-collision warning system, lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert system, and more.

What's New for 2014:

  • No changes as TL enters final year of production

Introduction
The 2014 Acura TL is a midsize sport sedan that is sized and priced between traditional entry-level and midsize luxury sedan segments. As such, it competes against a range of models, but is most closely aligned with the Audi A4, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q50, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Models and Features
Three versions of the 2014 Acura TL are on sale: the TL, TL Special Edition, and the TL SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). The Special Edition version has unique 18-in. aluminum wheels, a decklid spoiler, keyless access system with push-button starting, and contrast stitching for the leather seats. The SH-AWD version adds a more powerful engine, all-wheel-drive (AWD), hill-start assist, and more aggressive tires.

Options and Packages
The base TL and the SH-AWD can be further upgraded with a Technology package and an Advance package. The Technology package contains premium leather seats, a navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather reports, reversing camera, premium audio system, keyless entry with push-button starting, solar-sensing and GPS-linked climate control system, and a rear spoiler. The Advance package includes heated and ventilated front seats and a blind-spot information system.

Under the Hood
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine installed in the TL and TL Special Edition is rated to generate 280 horsepower, delivered to the car's front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters and grade logic control.

The more powerful TL SH-AWD features a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine and Acura's torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which can deliver up to 80% of engine output to one of the rear wheels, depending on driving conditions. This drivetrain includes the same 6-speed automatic transmission described above, and a 6-speed manual gearbox is optional for the TL SH-AWD with the Technology package.

Fuel Economy
Both of the 2014 Acura TL model's engines require premium fuel. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 is EPA-rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the TL SH-AWD model's fuel-economy estimates are 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Choose the manual gearbox and those numbers for the SH-AWD drop by one mpg each.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 TL received an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars). Note that in the frontal-impact test the protection rating for the front-seat passenger is 3 stars, and that in the side-impact test the protection rating for the driver is also 3 stars.

In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the 2014 TL receives a \"Top Safety Pick\" rating, one of just a few models in its segment to do so. According to IIHS testing guidelines, had Acura offered a front crash prevention system of some kind, the TL would have received a \"Top Safety Pick+\" rating.

Speaking of safety features, aside from a reversing camera and a blind-spot information system, the TL is unavailable with modern technologies that are becoming increasingly common not only for luxury vehicles but also for mainstream models, such as a forward-collision warning system, lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert system, and more.

Available Trims for the 2014 Acura TL
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 4dr Sdn Auto 2WD Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 36030.00 Engine 3.5 L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name Tech (4dr Sdn Auto 2WD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39760.00 Engine 3.5 L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name Advance (4dr Sdn Auto 2WD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 41960.00 Engine 3.5 L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name Special Edition (4dr Sdn Auto 2WD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 37530.00 Engine 3.5 L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name 4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39580.00 Engine 3.7 L/224 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
Name Tech (4dr Sdn Man SH-AWD) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 43310.00 Engine 3.7 L/224 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
Name Tech (4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 43310.00 Engine 3.7 L/224 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
Name Advance (4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 45510.00 Engine 3.7 L/224 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
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INTERIOR
  • Heated Front Sport Bucket Seats -inc: driver's 10-way power seat w/2-way power lumbar support and front passenger's 8-way power seat
  • Bench Front Facing 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
  • Compass
  • 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
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • 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
  • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and 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
  • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Aluminum And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Aluminum And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels: 17" x 8" 7-Spoke Aluminum-Alloy
  • Tires: P245/50R17 98V High Performance 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-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Stainless Steel Side Windows Trim, Stainless Steel Front Windshield Trim and Stainless Steel Rear Window Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored 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
  • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • 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
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Wheels: 18" x 8" 5-Spoke Aluminum-Alloy
  • Tires: P245/45R18 96V High Performance AS
  • Wheels: 18" 10-Spoke Alloy
  • Wheels: 19" x 8" 5-Split-Spoke Aluminum-Alloy
  • Tires: P245/40R19 94W High Performance AS
MECHANICAL
  • Engine: 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC VTEC V6
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and 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
  • 850# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 18.5 Gal. 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
  • Engine: 3.7L 24-Valve SOHC VTEC V6
  • Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • Sport Tuned Suspension
  • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Close Ratio -inc: Hill Start Assist and bumper-integrated front brake-cooling ducts
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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 Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
    • Blind Spot Sensor
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Radio: Acura Premium AM/FM Tuner w/6-Disc CD -inc: 276-watt premium sound system, MP3, WMA changer, Dolby Pro Logic II, 8 speakers, 8-inch subwoofer, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, USB Audio Interface w/iPod integration, MP3/auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth streaming audio, Radio Data System (RDS) and Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
    • Radio w/Clock
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • XM Radio -inc: Note Function music-reminder, XM services require a subscription after 90-day trial period, Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement; see www.siriusxm.com, If you decide to continue your XM service at the end of your complimentary trial, the plan you choose will automatically be renewed and you will billed at then-current rates unless you call XM at 1-800-967-2346 to cancel, Fees and programming subject to change, Available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Radio: Acura/ELS Surround Premium AM/FM Tuner -inc: 440-watt premium 10-speaker sound system, 60-GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) w/15-GB media storage, music storage, in-dash CD, DVD-audio, MP3, WMA and DTS featured player and Dolby Pro Logic II
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Xm Navtraffic Real-Time Traffic Display

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