2014 Acura TL Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 Acura TL Base Sedan (3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic w/Special Edition) Driven On 3/4/2014 Ratings Summary Acura's TL offers a nice balance between sport and luxury. Its free-revving 280-hp V6 adds fun to everyday driving, despite the inherent performance limitations of the front-wheel-drive layout (AWD is optional). Interior appointments are modern and build quality is solid. Ride quality is sporty-firm, as are the seats.
B
Performance The 3.5-liter 280-horsepower V6 makes every drive a thrilling adventure, and the 6-sp automatic upshifts quickly. Or, you can shift for yourself via paddles. Steering weight and feel are appropriately sporty. The exhaust gives a nice note.
Acceleration
B
Power is easily accessible from the V6 engine. The TL accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Its 6-speed automatic shifts smoothly at all times. Paddle-triggered shifts work best in Sport mode.
Braking
B
The brake pedal gives a solid feel and is easily managed in typical driving. Panic stop from 60 mph took 123 feet. A test car with more miles and properly broken-in brakes would probably give better numbers.
Steering
B
Good feel and response. The steering weight is on the heavier side, but it communicates the grip limit of the tires quite well.
Handling
B
Plenty of understeer at the limit, which is expected of a 3,722-pound front-wheel-drive car. Body roll is well controlled. The TL generated 0.85g of lateral grip, which is decent but far from exceptional.
Driveability
B
Midsize proportions help the TL maneuver tight quarters around town fairly easily. The heavier steering and firm ride offer stability during higher speeds out on the highway.
B
Comfort As is usually the case with Acura vehicles, the TL leans toward the sport end of the sport-luxury spectrum. Still, the cabin is remarkably quiet. Seat and ride comfort are both on the firm side, but far from objectionable.
Seating Comfort
C
Firm yet supportive seats. Most will find a comfortable position with the 10-way adjustable driver's seat. Long trips will reveal some limitations. The rear seats are similarly firm.
Ride Comfort
B
The TL rides stiff, but not excessively so. Smaller, sharper impacts find their way through the suspension quite noticeably. Larger bumps are absorbed more discreetly.
Quietness
A
The cabin is well isolated, despite the car's sporty nature. A minor amount of road noise and a hint of engine note at full throttle are the only audible interruptions to reach occupants.
B
Interior Acura gave the TL's cabin a modern, industrial-like style that's sleek and clean. It's heavy on buttons, but we prefer that over the new MDX's confusing touchscreen. The trunk, though, is on the small side and awkwardly-shaped.
Ergonomics
B
All secondary controls are easily reached by the driver. The sea of buttons on the center stack feels overwhelming at first. A few more knobs (instead of buttons) would clean things up considerably.
Ingress/Egress
B
The TL sits about an inch lower than its competitors, yet entry/exit is still totally acceptable. The front step-in height is 14.6 inches, while the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS are 15.5 inches.
Space/Room
B
There's plenty of room inside the cabin for heads, knees and elbows. Rear passenger legroom is particularly good, although footroom isn't great. The middle rear seat has a considerable hump.
Visibility
B
We found no problems with the forward visibility, but the high parcel shelf significantly limits rearward sightlines. It is not equipped with a backup camera or sonar.
Cargo/Storage
C
Trunk space is on the small side for the class, at 13.1 cu-ft, and a bit awkward. The opening is small and the trunk narrows toward the front. Second row seats do not lower, just a 6 x 6-inch pass-through.
B
Value Standard features and warranty coverages are on par for the segment. The SE package adds $1,375 to the cost of a base TL. Fuel economy from its hearty V6 is expectedly a bit poorer than its competitors. Build quality is top-notch.
Build Quality (vs. $)
A
We experienced no squeaks, rattles or panel fitment issues. Our TL test car appeared well-built with a solid construction, just as we expect from Acura. The quality of the materials is excellent.
Features(vs. $)
B
The $38,300 TL Special Edition is essentially a Base TL with 18-inch wheels, all-season tires, a spoiler, keyless entry and distinctive badging. A base TL has an MSRP of $36,925.
Cost
B
Most of the standard equipment on the TL mirrors other entry-level luxury sedans: leather-trimmed seats, Bluetooth, 8-speaker stereo system and dual-zone climate control, to name a few.
MPG
C
EPA estimates for the TL SE are 23 mpg Combined (20 City/29 Highway). We averaged 22.9 mpg over 622 miles and achieved 27.8 mpg on the 115-mile Edmunds evaluation loop.
Warranty
B
4-year/50,000-mile basic, 6-year/70,000-mile drivetrain and 5-year/unlimited rust warranties are standard.
Ownership
B
Roadside assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles comes standard on the TL, but it does not come with a free maintenance program like BMW.
B
Fun To Drive This big TL sedan can be fun to drive, just don't expect it to perform like a top-flight sport sedan. Most of the time it's a reasonably comfortable, moderately luxurious, extremely well-built mode of transport.
Driving Experience
B
This is an easy-driving car with just enough sport to keep enthusiasts happy, and more than enough luxury and tech features to keep most others comfortable with their purchase.
Personality
B
It's totally fun to wind the V6 out to its 6,700-rpm redline. Sounds good up there, too, and the paddle shifters work well. You can order a manual transmission with the AWD model.
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