The TL is a highly successful mid-size sedan first introduced by Acura in 1995. It is one of the most successful and bestselling sedans offered on the North American market and it has gone on to win numerous prestigious awards throughout the years. Since its inception it featured a front-engine and front-wheel drive layout, but the latest generation saw the introduction of a four-wheel drive system as well.
Engine options have included straight five-cylinder units, along with the more powerful V6 units, which are still featured in the current generation of the TL. In order to provide the utmost refinement and luxury, a vast array of 4-speed, 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions were always featured. A 6-speed stickshift option only became available in the last two generations of the Acura TL. The TL is commonly purchased because of its sporty feel, high-tech interior design, excellent chassis, plenty of entertainment options and an overall refinement and quality.
Even though all the generations were bestsellers, the second generation of the TL remains the most sought after, especially when the sporty Type S trimmed cars are concerned. A low depreciation rate is reflected in a relatively high common price range for such pre-owned vehicles which varies between $2,000 and $16,000 from online car auction. Black, white and gray are the most popular color options for this sporty sedan.
The styling of the TL may not be up to everyone’s liking and the front-wheel drive models may be prone to torque-steering. Some models were also involved in a minor recall concerning the faulty driver’s side airbag inflators. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the TL an overall “good” rating for roof strength, side impact crash tests and frontal offset crash tests.