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Honda’s premium brand Acura had a lot of success with some vehicles and one of those with great sale results is the TL model. For 2014 Acura TL we are expecting to see some smaller changes since 2012 model received significant changes. With slight changes we are pretty sure that this vehicle will remain one of the best on the luxury sedan market segment.
Our Forged Silver Metallic TL tester came geared up with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive and six-speed manual gearbox. When looking at the TL from 50 feet away, it’s challenging to discern where Acura designers have made renovations, but in some way, the 2014 Acura TL looks more reasonable than last year’s model. Gone is the unpleasant front fascia that offered the TL its vertical appearance.
The upgraded TL’s cabin looks nearly the like the 2011. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the TL’s boundaries already sported a cockpit-like architecture and plenty of richly textured, soft touch materials. And the good provisions of all are, of course, reserved for the steering wheel and shift knob, where the hands spend the most time.
2014 Acura TL Review
The updated TL’s cabin looks nearly the same as the 2011. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the TL’s confines already sported a cockpit-like architecture and plenty of richly textured, soft touch materials. And the best provisions of all are, of course, reserved for the steering wheel and shift knob, where the hands spend the most time.
We’re likewise fans of the TL’s well-bolstered front seats. Like the last 2014 Acura TL, this model ongoings to include plenty of space for travelers, with 42.5 inches of front leg space and 36.2 inches for back seat residents. At one point, we were surprised to discover that the trunk of the TL couldn’t ingest a little cooler, a moderately sized luggage and a bag filled with coastline accessories.
Acura declares to have done comprehensive engineering work to make the cabin of the TL quieter, and our soft week with this Acura shows their efforts weren’t in vein. The TL ongoings to employ a great deal of knobs and buttons on the center stack and guiding wheel. An additional concern is Acura’s ongoinged use of a navigation joystick rather of a touchscreen setup.
The TL comes with one of two V6 powertrains, starting with a base 3.5-liter engine good for 280 horse power and 254 pound-feet of torque. The SH-AWD-equipped 2014 Acura TL boasts a larger 3.7-liter with 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of twist.
You won’t find direct injection or a turbocharger in the lineup, but you will experience one sweet-sounding growl once the push-button start is pressed. It’s almost too bad that Acura has opted to invest money to reduce the intrusion of outside noise. Now we have to roll down the windows to hear more of this melodic powertrain.
Some would say that the 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine is more than effective enough for the vast majority of luxury car owners. No arguments here, but to check off the box for a precise, short-throw six-speed manual, buyers will have to opt for the 3.7, making it the enthusiast engine of option. The trot to 60 takes about 5.5 seconds, thanks in part to Acura’s amazing all-wheel drive system. The SH-AWD system provides full-time, four-wheel traction that can route 70 percent of the available torque to the rear wheels and up to 100 percent of the rear-wheel twist can be directed to the left or right wheel for optimal cornering. Hammer the throttle from a dead stop, and the Michelin P245/45 R18 96V high-performance all-seasons will struggle to make a sound. All that power goes straight to the pavement … and that makes us happy.
The 2014 Acura TL has always been a sure handler, and that doesn’t change with this updated model. The front suspension includes an independent double-wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and the rear setup is a multi-link affair with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. This setup, when combined with all-wheel drive, results in prodigious grip and plenty of feel through your posterior.
Redesigned Acura TL
On the other hand, to help enhance fuel economy, Acura has counted on an electronic power steering setup. The result is a wheel that feels a bit unclear, commonly giving even more power assist than is necessary. Speaking of economy, the Environmental Protection Agency contends that the AWD-equipped 2012 TL averages 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. Our time with the TL didn’t quite live up to those numbers, with a combined 19.7 mpg in mixed driving. We can deal with that figure, though, thinking about the workout our 2014 Acura TL put up with.
After a week with the refreshed TL SH-AWD, it’s obvious that Acura has actually taken measures to repair exactly what was broken without hurting what already worked. Could the mid-cycle refresh have gone farther to make the 2014 Acura TL a bit more appealing? Sure. Could the interior have taken advantage of a couple of more changes? Perhaps. Is the sharp-handling framework and silky smooth powertrain still among the very best in the class? Absolutely.
In aggregate, Acura started with a very skilled luxury sport sedan and, over the last year, made it more attractive, improved its effectiveness and increased its driving dynamics. That might not be enough of an overhaul to bring sales of the 2014 Acura TL back to 2005 levels, but the enhancements must be substantial adequate to keep this Honda on your shopping list.
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