Acura TL Review
The 2014 Acura TL ranks 3 out of 23 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura TL, as well as reliability and safety data.
Reviewers say the Acura TL’s long list of standard features, comfortable, high-quality interior and balanced performance make it an excellent value.
The 2014 Acura TL comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that test drivers say provides strong acceleration. SH-AWD models get a 3.7-liter V6 that reviewers think is powerful, though only slightly more so than the base engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, though some reviewers prefer the six-speed manual transmission that’s available on SH-AWD models, saying that it is refined and more fun to use than the six-speed automatic. 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.
Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Acura TL’s interior is well-made and features high-quality materials. They say the front seats are very spacious and supportive, and most agree that the rear seats are also roomy and comfortable. A few reviewers are disappointed with the trunk space in the TL, though it offers a typical amount of room for the class. 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.