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The TL's seemingly robot-inspired look, including its unmistakable metallic beak, has been controversial--or refreshing, depending on how you see it. Last year, Acura toned down that styling, just a little bit, with a few changes that were relatively subtle on their own--a new chrome grille surround and a few other new details--but brought more beauty, less gawkiness. In back, last year's retouch brought a higher rear license plate, a new rear diffuser, and wide dual exhaust exits. Overall, the TL looks attractive--and without knowing anything about this model we might say that its proportions make it look like a rear-wheel-drive sedan.
The base TL's 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 is essentially the same engine as used in the Honda Accord; it makes 280 horsepower here, and it powers the front wheels with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive versions of the TL can feel remarkably close in driving manners to the previous-generation Honda Accord V-6 on which they're based--although we like the feel of the Acura's steering much better. It's a responsive, agreeable, and refined sedan, but not all that sporty.
When it comes to interior space and comfort, the Acura TL's Honda Accord roots are nothing to be ashamed about. Those space-efficient origins make the TL more passenger-friendly than most other luxury sedans with its exterior dimensions--while of course the TL is more lavishly appointed through and through.
Overall, the driving position and cockpit-like feel of the instrument panel amount to an interior feel that's very different than that of the Accord. The deep, round gauges and hooded central screen--the first details you notice when you step into the deeply bolstered driver's seat--are complemented by a selection dial for screen functions that's not too low from the line of vision. We just wish Acura would have simplified the techno-cluttered instrument panel, which tends to feel a little cluttered and overwhelming until you're familiar with it, as we've noted in some other Acura models.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.