2014 Acura TL Review
The 2014 Acura TL has a pleasant, a high-end cabin, a balanced ride and ample standard features, making it a great value for the class, reviewers say.
Powering the 2014 Acura TL is a V6 engine that auto writers say makes quick acceleration. All-wheel drive models have a larger V6 engine, and reviewers say these models feel a bit more powerful than the base model. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. However, a few reviewers prefer the six-speed manual that is available on all-wheel drive models, which they say makes the 2014 TL more fun to drive. The EPA reports that the base 2014 Acura TL gets 20/29 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. The 2014 Acura TL comes standard with front-wheel drive. SH-AWD models feature all-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension system. Test drivers say the TL handles very well, especially the SH-AWD models. They write that the TL has a firm, yet comfortable, ride and powerful brakes. They say that the TL’s steering system is accurate, though they add that it feels somewhat numb.
Reviewers say the Acura TL's cabin is well built and has premium materials. They add that the both front and rear seats are supportive and exceptionally roomy. Although the 2014 TL's trunk space is on par with that of most rivals, critics wish there were more space. Some reviewers wish the TL’s controls were easier to use, but others think the TL has an intuitive navigation system and an optional stereo with superb sound quality. The 2014 Acura TL comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo. The Special Edition adds unique interior and exterior styling, keyless access and push-button start. The Technology package includes voice-controlled navigation, a rearview camera and an ELS surround-sound audio system. The Advance package adds heated and ventilated front seats and blind spot monitoring.
- "Although the 2014 Acura TL isn't as flashy or new as some rival luxury sedans, its top-quality interior and well-rounded performance make it a solid value." -- Edmunds
- "Compared to most of its rivals, the TL has a much lower starting price but more polarizing exterior design. Acura enthusiasts have grown to either like the TL's skin or see the beauty beneath it, where lies a strong V6 engine and an available all-wheel-drive system that offers excellent grip." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "TL is an excellent choice for its balanced performance, inviting interior, and lots of high-tech features at reasonable-for-the-class prices." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "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)
Other Cars to Consider
Critics say the Audi A4 has a high-quality interior and balanced handling. The base A4 with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine also uses less fuel than the V6-powered TL, and you can get the A4 with all-wheel drive.
Reviewers think the Cadillac ATS is a sporty upscale midsize car with a comfortable ride and an attractive, high-quality cabin. The base ATS with a four-cylinder engine gets better fuel economy than the V6-powered TL, and it’s available with all-wheel drive and a manual transmission.
Details: 2014 Acura TL
The 2014 Acura TL seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. Two trims are offered: base and SH-AWD. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on the base TL. The TL SH-AWD gains a more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive, as well as an available six-speed manual transmission. The Acura TL was last redesigned for the 2009 model year and sees no major changes for the 2014 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.