2013 Acura TL Overview
2013 Acura TL Overview
The 2013 Acura TL has been around for more than two decades. It was also Acura’s best-selling model and the second best-selling luxury sedan in the U.S. for some time. However, sales have declined over time and are almost half of what it used to be during the TL’s peak period. Its design is not as fresh as it used to be either, but does that mean the TL is not worth a look? Not at all; in fact, the 2013 Acura TL is still one of the best choices for a luxury sedan thanks to its performance and high quality interior. There are very few other luxury sedans that offer as much all-round value as the 2013 TL. It received a refreshed styling in 2012 with the new front grille that is common in all other Acura models, including the MDX and RDX crossovers.
While most other European luxury sedans offer inline engines with four or five cylinders, the 2013 Acura TL offers a V-6. Its higher-end models come with a performance-enhanced version of the same engine along with an efficient all-wheel drive system. This configuration delivers the sportiness that some may want from their luxury sedans. The design of the TL is in keeping with Acura’s high interior quality levels. However, the company usually prefers modern, minimalist design elements to the usual wood and leather seen in luxury cars. The interior is brimming with some of the best electronic features offered by Acura. The width of the car makes it one of the most spacious in its class.
New for 2012
The 2013 Acura TL has just come off a refresh last year, and so remains unchanged for the current year.
The TL continues with the silver shield grille that was introduced in 2012 along with the horizontal crease along the bumper. The overhang in front is shorter and the turn signals and headlights have been revised. The taillights look a lot cleaner and the bumper has been reduced in length too, and these changes help in making the rear profile cleaner and less block-like. The position of the license plate has been changed and the silver lining around the trunk lid has been downsized as well. The car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, but 18-inch and 19-inch wheels are also available, along with a backup camera. Standard features include automatic xenon headlights, sunroof and heated side mirrors.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Acura TL base model comes with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and leather upholstery. Other features include heated eight-way power front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The eight-speaker sound system comes with Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB interface. The all-wheel-drive version of the TL comes with contoured front sports seats with leather stitching, along with the improved brakes and sport-tuned suspension and steering.
The two major feature packages available with all models of the 2013 Acura TL are the Technology and Advance packages. The Technology package adds voice commands, navigation system, and keyless entry/ignition. It also comes with perforated leather upholstery, GPS-linked adaptive climate control, and a 10-speaker premium surround sound system. The Advance package is available as an add-on to the Technology package and comes with ventilated front seats and a blind-spot warning system.
The 2013 Acura TL lacks the wood trim and old-school luxury offered by many other luxury sedans, but there is doubt about the quality of the cabin. Build and interior materials are of top-notch quality with detailing where it matters. Everything feels soft and shows off the quality of the car, although the aluminum trim may feel a little cold and austere to some. The infotainment system used in the 2013 Acura TL is one of the easiest to use. The sheer number of controls on the dashboard may seem complicated, but they are actually quite easy to figure out and use. The only issue is the trunk space, which is smaller than average at just 13.1 cubic feet.
All models of the 2013 Acura TL get anti-lock brakes with brake assist and active front head restraints, along with stability and traction control. Front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are also available in all models as standard. The NHTSA gave the car four out of five stars for frontal impact and side-impact protection. According to the IIHS, the car received a rating of “Good” for side-impact, frontal offset, and roof strength tests. This is its highest rating and the 2013 Acura TL is one of the few sedans to receive this rating.
The base model of the 2013 Acura TL gets a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque, with front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission. It goes from standstill to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds, which is a pretty decent number. The all-wheel-drive system available is Acura’s high-tech Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, or SW-AWD. This system delivers power to each tire rather than the two axles. The TL SW-AWD also gets a slightly larger, 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque with six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Acura TL
- Lexus ES 350
- Audi A4
- BMW 3 Series