The new 2013 Acura TL Special Edition could be availed at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $37,405. As a mid-2013 model, the TL Special Edition provides an upgrade for the standard TL. The front-wheel-drive luxury four-door sedan now features unique 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and a color-matched deck lid spoiler as well as trunk-mounted Special Edition badging.
Interested buyers could choose from four exterior colors -- Bellanova White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Graphite Luster Metallic and Silver Moon Metallic – that are matched with leather-appointed Ebony interior with contrast stitching. It also boasts of the standard keyless access with pushbutton start, ensuring convenience and ease of use. Its Keyless Access System allows a driver to enter and drive the 2013 Acura TL Special Edition without having to handle a key or fob. The Keyless Access Remote features a distinct digital identity that is automatically communicated to the car.
When a driver pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his possession, the door unlocks and opens.When a driver is carrying the fob, or when all doors are unlocked, the luxury sedan’s trunk can be opened by just pressing a button on the TL Special Edition's rear spoiler. The standard Keyless Access System determines which of the two supplied fobs is in use each time the driver's door is opened.
It then automatically sets the driver's seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, as well as climate control and audio system to a profile preset by the driver using that certain fob. After a driver opened the door and is seated, the Keyless Access System allows the 2013 Acura TL Special Edition to be started with just a single push of the Engine Start/Stop button located on the instrument panel. When the driver leaves the sedan, just a press of the soft-touch button on the outside of the door handle could lock all doors. A driver could also press the lock button on the Keyless Access Remote to lock all doors.
The new 2013 Acura TL Special Edition has an interior that is driver oriented while exuding good levels of sportiness and luxury. The interior makes use of sweeping shapes as well as high-quality materials, combining premium appearance with advanced technology. The driver is provided with a 10-way adjustable power seat while the front passenger is provided with an eight-way adjustable power seat – both offered are standard.
Acura also fitted the new TL Special Edition with 276-watt audio system with eight speakers as well as a dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system (with automatic humidity control). A power moonroof is also fitted as standard. In addition, the 2013 Acura TL Special Edition features a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, a high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID), and USB port connectivity.
In terms of safety, all Acura models – as standard – are equipped with ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system as well as load limiters. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are also standard.
Thanks to the safety measures implemented on the new Acura TL, this sporty sedan managed to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It was also graded with a Good rating in the institute’s new small overlap frontal barrier crash test, which simulates a collision between a vehicle moving at speeds of 40 mph and a fixed object like a utility pole. In this test, only 25 percent of the vehicle's front structure collides with the opposing object. According to a 2009 study by the IIHS, small overlap crashes account for almost 25 percent of frontal crashes leading to a serious injury or fatality.