The Acura TL was first introduced in 1995 to replace the Acura Vigor. It debuted as a mid-size luxury sedan with front wheel drive. The 1996 TL was available in two engine sizes, a 5 cylinder 2.5 liter and a 6 cylinder 3.2 liter. The 2.5 liter engine model was presented as more of a lavish sports car model, while the 3.2 liter was presented as more of a luxury sedan to satisfy several generations of drivers.
Although it replaced the Acura Vigor, Acura also incorporated some of the features that were popular in the Legend, which was discontinued in 1995.
Both the 2.5 liter and 3.2 liter engines were available in the 96-98 models, while the 1999 model, the second generation offering, was available with only the more popular 3.2 liter engine. The vehicle was then completely redesigned for the 1999 model year. Larger than its predecessor, the 1999 TL featured new updated styling and a more powerful V6 engine. The smoother ride and sleek design appealed to many younger aged drivers.
2004 was the year that the vehicle was completely redesigned, in part to satisfy those drivers who showed interest in more power and a sportier exterior. The 2004 model had a redefined chassis, a 270 horsepower 3.2 L V6 engine and the advanced technological conveniences of Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a DVD-Audio surround sound system.
The 2005-2007 advance received minor updates, including a tire pressure monitoring gauge and higher horse power rating determined through new testing procedures, though the engine size had remained the same. Word is being spread that 2009 will deliver yet another new generation of Acura TL, and if it follows suit we should all be expecting a reliable, visually appealing and comfortable sedan.
2012 Acura TL
Coming into the new model year, the 2012 Acura TL offers buyers a top-notch, comfortable daily commuting experience with enough power to play on the weekends. Selling in an MSRP range of $35,605 to $45,085 and returning 20 mpg city and 29 highway, the Acura should do very well with buyers if they don't balk at the exterior. Some reviewers go so far as to call the Acura's front end downright ugly, while others see its aggressive curves as a successful attempt to spruce up a car that would otherwise be sedate to the point of boring. The jury is still out on that one.
Shopping the competition, you'll want to take out the 2011 Cadillac CTS. The base price is essentially the same, but coming toward the end of the model year, you have more room to negotiate. One major difference is that the 2012 TL has to have premium gas, which gives many drivers pause given the price of fuel today. The CTS, with a similar V6, is quite happy with regular gas. Also, don't neglect the 2011 BMW 3-Series, which opens for $1k less. more
2011 Acura TL
The Acura TL sport sedan has always been a best-seller for the Automaker. In 2009, it was given an exterior makeover, and also fitted out with a 3.5-liter, 280-horsepower V-6 engine (on the base model) with an optional upgrade to a 3.7-liter 305-horsepower V-6 with all-wheel drive.
2010 Acura TL
Masterfully combining luxury and performance, the 2010 Acura TL is in its fourth generation. Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and front wheel drive configurations are available, each choice with its own engine.
2009 Acura TL
The TL has been Acura's best selling model for quite some time. In recent years, however, sales have begun to dip for a number of reasons. In an effort to breathe some life into the model, they have decided on a substantial redesign for this year.
2008 Acura TL
Very popular in its segment, the 2008 Acura TL is also the most popular Acura out there. It is an economically priced luxury sedan that has it above its European competitors in value, reliability and standard features.
2007 Acura TL
Offered in six different trim levels, the 2007 Acura TL has a 258 horsepower V6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission on the base model, and a 286 horsepower V6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission on the S model, which also has an optional upgrade to a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission.