Super nice TL! Leather, moonroof, LOADED!!!!!
The Acura TL provides an excellent blend of comfort, convenience, and sportiness. With taut and and agile handling, it is also among the quickest and most fuel-efficient offerings in its class. We also liked the impressive interior, comfortable ride and quiet cabin.
The 258-hp, 3.2-liter V6 is noticeably quicker than many of its competitors. Power is smooth and linear without producing much torque steer. Surprisingly, it also delivers very good fuel economy for its class -- expect 23 mpg in mixed driving on premium fuel. The TL has a ULEV emissions certification as well. The five-speed automatic transmission is responsive, smooth and has an easy to use manual shift feature.
Taut and alert on the move and particularly when cornering, body roll is well contained. Well-weighted steering provides quick turn-in response and is communicative. The TL is among the most athletic offerings in its class. Turning circle is a bit wide at 42 feet.
On the track, the TL demonstrated good grip and cornering balance, with the standard stability control coming on appropriately. At the limit, it plowed initially, in a predictable way, then promptly adjusted its cornering line upon throttle lift. The Acura was also secure and forgiving in our avoidance maneuver.
Overall braking performance was impressive, requiring only 130 feet to stop from 60 mph on a dry track. Stops on wet pavement and on our wet/dry split-mu surface were short and straight. The pedal felt firm and reassuring.
Ride is firm yet absorbent. The suspension provides good isolation and soaks up bumps with muted kicks. Highway ride is steady and nicely isolated. Still, some testers felt the ride was a bit too stiff, on the edge of jittery. A low volume of wind noise and a pleasant muted engine hum are overshadowed by modest levels of tire hiss and rumble. Still, the Acura is very quiet.
Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights for both the high- and low beams are standard for the TL. Both have excellent intensity and throw is average. A very distinct and sharp cutoff between light and darkness at the top of the low beam pattern is low enough to be distracting to drivers, which hurts the TL's overall headlight performance. Low beam light also leaves a minor amount of dark gap directly in front of the car. Moderate amounts of stray light above the headlights can illuminate snowflakes or raindrops in foul weather, potentially reducing visibility.