Acura TL Review
The 2013 Acura TL ranks 3 out of 20 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 39 published reviews and test drives of the Acura TL, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Although the 2013 Acura TL has polarizing exterior styling, test drivers say that its balanced performance and spacious, high-quality interior prove that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
The 2013 Acura TL comes with a choice of two powertrains, and test drivers agree that regardless of which engine you choose, the TL provides plenty of power. A responsive six-speed automatic is standard, and most critics say that it’s well-matched to the 2013 TL’s V6. All-wheel drive and a larger, more powerful V6 come on the SH-AWD trim, which is available with a six-speed manual. The TL gets an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway, which is lower than the most fuel-efficient cars in the class. However, the Acura TL is also stronger than fuel-efficient rivals like the Audi A4. The TL’s suspension isn’t comfort-tuned like the Lexus ES 350, but it’s also not as agile as rivals like the BMW 3-Series. As a result, most reviewers agree that the TL strikes a nice balance between sporty handling and a comfortable ride. A stellar reliability rating also enhances the 2013 TL's appeal.
The Acura TL is the 2013 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
While the TL may look like a bit of an ugly duckling, test drivers are impressed with its comfortable, spacious seats, numerous tech features and high-quality interior materials. The TL offers more standard equipment than a number of cars in the class, including leather upholstery, heated front seats and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. A handful of reviewers say that the TL’s optional navigation system isn’t the easiest to use, and that the TL could use more trunk space, but most auto writers say that if you’re shopping for a well-rounded upscale midsize car, the 2013 Acura TL is certainly worth considering.
- "TL is an excellent choice for its balanced performance, inviting interior, and lots of high-tech features at reasonable-for-the-class prices. The smooth new 6-speed automatic transmission--and the higher fuel economy estimates that are part of the deal--is a welcome improvement as well." -- Consumer Guide
- "Acura has fallen off a lot of radar screens over the past decade with its questionable styling and invisible marketing. That's unfortunate, because the TL is a fine car at a competitive price point." -- AutoWeek (2012)
- "Those looking for a refined ride, a spacious cabin and a full helping of the latest bells and whistles will be well served by the base model TL, a strong competitor to the likes of the Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES 350." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The 2012 Acura TL marries the size of a BMW 5 Series with the lower price of an Infiniti G37 Sedan, but doesn't capture the performance feel of either." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
If you like the TL’s plethora of standard features, but want a car that’s even more fun to drive, consider the Infiniti G37. While the TL has more passenger space, reviewers say the G37’s interior materials are just as nice, and that its infotainment system is straightforward and easy to use.
The Buick Regal isn’t as spacious as the TL, and it’s also not as powerful, but the base Regal offers a comparable list of standard features and better fuel economy at a significantly lower price. If you’re put off by the base Regal’s tepid acceleration, test drivers say that the more powerful Turbo and GS models rectify the issue with their responsive turbocharged engines.
Details: 2013 Acura TL
The 2013 Acura TL seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on the base TL. Two trims are offered: base and SH-AWD. The TL SH-AWD gains a more powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive, as well as an available six-speed manual transmission. For 2013, the Acura TL sees no major changes. As a result, this review uses applicable research and reviews from 2012 and 2013 model years.