Acura said that its 2013 model year TL has a starting price of $36,800. The TL is just one of two cars that recently received a “good’ rating on the IIHS small overlap barrier test.” The base model TL can be yours for just $36,800. On the other hand, an all-wheel drive TL with a manual transmission costs $44,080.
These prices are inclusive of an $895 destination charge and is a $200 higher than compared to the 2012 model year TL. Even with this price hike, the TL stays unchanged compared to the 2012 model, when it was updated. The entry-level TL is available with a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood with 280-hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. It also got an “EPA estimated 20-mpg city, 29-mpg highway rating.”
Acura offers its models with packages such as the Technology Package for $3,730 (navigation, perforated leather seats, 10-speaker premium audio system) and the Advance Package (heated and ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, 18-inch wheels) for $2,200.
Powering the all-wheel drive TL is a 3.7-liter V6 with 305-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Technology Package is perfect for those who want to opt for a manual transmission. The Advance Package gives the customers an all-wheel drive model that leads to 19-inch wheels, since 18-inchers are offered as standard on the all-wheel drive model.
The fourth-generation Acura TL could be considered as the brand’s most exciting performance luxury sedan so far, thanks to its potent engine and its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
The latest iteration of the Acura TL improves on all elements of the original model, thereby setting the standard for the future direction of the Acura division. Donning a distinct and dramatic exterior as well as a luxurious interior, the new TL boasts of a stiff unit-body construction that extensively employs high-strength steel as complemented by aluminum components. Powered by any of the two powerful VTEC V-6 engines – a 280-hp 3.5-liter unit and a 305-hp 3.7-liter mill -- the new TL is also specified with Electric Power Steering (EPS).
In 2011, the Acura TL was awarded by the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) for having the best residual value of any Near Luxury vehicle. Moreover, the Acura brand had the second-best residual value for all Luxury Brands. This recognition is an evidence of brand’s strong value and quality.
For the 2013 model, the aim for the Acura TL was to give the performance luxury sedan better attributes. It gained a new front and rear styling, as well as a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission to further enhance its performance and fuel economy. In addition, the new TL received a revised interior and an array of technology upgrades.
Meanwhile, the exterior upgrades for the new Acura TL includes a revised grille flanked by updated headlights and turn signals, a redesigned front bumper with enhanced aerodynamics as well as a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang. The styling of the 2013 TL is now more in line with brand’s overall design direction. For instance, its new lower front fascia openings look similar to those of the Acura ZDX, MDX and RDX utilities.
Damon Schell, Acura Project Lead Designer, noted that while the exterior design of the 2009 TL was about passion, the 2013 iteration boasts of greater level of sophistication.