2004 Acura TL Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Acura TL - Road Test Specs

2004 Acura TL Sedan

(3.2L V6 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2004
Base MSRP$35,395
As-tested MSRP$35,395


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)238
Transmission typeSix-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multi-link, double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeVariable power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza
Tire size, frontP235/45R17
Tire size, rearP235/45R17
Brakes, frontPower-assisted four-wheel disc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)The TL's engine is somewhat schizophrenic in that it has essentially no torque below 2,000, and more torque than you want above 2,000. Launching the vehicle was a real challenge as a result; too little throttle and the engine almost dies, too much and it smokes the front tires all the way through first gear and well into second. The best technique was to bring the revs up to 4,000 rpm, modulate the clutch and throttle until the vehicle was well underway (about 10 mph) and then judiciously roll into the throttle (do it too quickly and the front tires would still break loose). The redline was indicated at 6,800 rpm and the rev limiter came in hard right at 7,000. Acura's traction and stability control system was, of course, disabled to get the best times due to its intrusive nature. The six-speed manual transmission is a sweetheart, and one of the best you will find at any price.
0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.96 @ 90.71
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28.46
60-0 mph (ft.)115.96
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)39.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)72
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Braking ratingExcellent
Handling ratingExcellent

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)NA
Wind (mph, direction)N/A

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto / Manual 19/28
Edmunds observed (mpg)21
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3489
Length (in.)189.3
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)56.7
Wheelbase (in.)107.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.8
Legroom, rear (in.)34.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic Brakeforce Distribution, BrakeAssist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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