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Our car experts choose every product we feature. We may earn money from the links on this page. Feb 15, View Photos Introduction Once regarded as just a more luxurious version of the Honda Accord, the TL has evolved into a refined sports sedan with wedgy good looks and ample thrust from a hp, 3. Both engines qualify as ultra-low-emissions ULEV powerplants, although both require premium unleaded fuel.
Aside from the obvious difference—power—a major distinction between the TL standard and the optional TL Type-S is transmission choice. Both models offer a five-speed automatic, but the Type-S also provides the choice of a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox allied with a limited-slip differential, and its automatic is equipped with fingertip paddle shifters.
The TL is a front-drive sports sedan in a segment dominated by rear-drive competitors, and its steering wheel jerks to the side under hard acceleration—a phenomenon called torque steer—particularly in the Type-S.
All TLs show some reluctance in hard cornering. On the other hand, they handle quick course changes with the best, braking performance is good, ride quality is firmly compliant, and interior space stacks up very well versus competing cars. Click here to read our latest comparison test involving the Acura TL. Acura has expanded the real-time capabilities of its AcuraLink satellite navigation traffic-reporting system, adding 32 metropolitan markets to its coverage, bringing the total to Beyond that, a tire-pressure monitoring-system warning light and two new exterior colors are the only changes.
In addition to the more powerful engine and limited-slip differential on manual-transmission models, the Type-S adds a Brembo brake upgrade, a decklid spoiler, front sport seats with deeper side bolsters and two-tone leather, active noise cancellation, the GPS-linked climate control, and the nav with real-time traffic reports.
Optional Equipment Acura and parent-company Honda rarely offer stand-alone options, and the TL is no exception. There are dealer-installed accessories available. Active elements include anti-lock braking, electronic brake force distribution, and traction and stability control. Passive features such as dual-stage front airbags and side airbags, curtain airbags, and a collapsible steering column are included.
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