The Acura TL is a mid-sized luxury Sedan first released by Honda back in 1996. It may not be as exciting or a classy as its counterparts in Europe, but its reliability and value for money have made it a popular vehicle in the United States.
1996: First generation
The Acura TL was first released in 1996 and came in two models, the 2.5 TL equipped with a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine and the 3.2 TL equipped with a 3.2-liter V6 engine. Both came with a four-speed automatic transmission. There was little difference between the two models aside from engine performance. Safety features in the TL included antilock brakes and airbags. Other features of the TL were the automatic climate control, stereo sound system, and power windows and locks.
1999: Second generation
The second generation TL, called the TL 3.2, came with a new 3.2-liter V6 engine that included Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing control. The sedan included a navigation system that had a map of the United States stored in a CD. In 2000, the TL was given a five-speed manual transmission that allowed for better fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, this new transmission had a relatively high failure rate, prompting Honda to extend the transmission warranty to 7 years and 9 months.
2004: Third generation
The third incarnation of the TL was simply called the Acura TL. It came with a 3.2-liter V6 engine and had either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The car came with a DVD audio system that was also connected to a hands-free Bluetooth link, allowing drivers to talk on their cellular phones while having both hands on the wheel. The navigation system came with a touch-screen system and responded to voice commands. A new Type-S Acura TL was introduced in 2007. It was equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that provided extra power. The Type-S also featured better performance and handling thanks to an improved suspension and Brembo high-performance brakes.
2009: Current generation
The fourth generation Acura TL is available in two trims: the base TL, which sports a 3.5-liter V6 engine and the SH-AWD, which sports the more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine. Both trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual is also available for the SH-AWD. Other upgrades to the SH-AWD include 18-inch wheels, enhanced brakes, and improved suspension. Bluetooth links are added, along with USB and iPod connections. The navigation system is a big improvement over past versions with the inclusion of real-time traffic updates and weather updates.