The Acura TL sport sedan has always been a best-seller for the Automaker. In 2009, it was given an exterior makeover, and also fitted out with a 3.5-liter, 280-horsepower V-6 engine (on the base model) with an optional upgrade to a 3.7-liter 305-horsepower V-6 with all-wheel drive.
Last year, the 2010 Acura TL’s all-wheel drive version was upgraded again, that time with an option for a six-speed manual transmission that also lightened the vehicle’s weight by 86 pounds as compared to the model with the standard five-speed automatic transmission.
For the 2011 Acura TL, there are no significant exterior changes. It still has the 2009 design with the “beak” that pokes out from under the grille, for example. Other exterior features included halogen high-beam headlights and projector low-beam lights, as well as front fog lamps. There’s also an in-glass antenna for the radio, paired exhaust finishers and a choice of the standard 17-inch wheels, or upgraded 18- or 19-inch options.
Like the exterior of the car, the interior of the 2011 Acura TL retains the upscale re-design from 2009. All models come with USB connectivity, an MP3 jack, and a six-disc CD changer. There’s also an optional “technology package” that includes a voice-operated navigation system in full color, a booming 410-watt surround-sound audio system, and keyless entry.
The five-seat TL comes standard with a leather-trimmed interior and a driver’s seat that has 10 adjustment settings including power-adjusted lumbar support. Heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control keep the driver and passengers comfortable in most weather, and the tech-savvy will love the steering wheel-mounted buttons for cruise control, voice recognition, and audio controls.
The 2011 Acura TL comes with the same engine options as the 2010 model: a 3.5 liter, 280 hp, V-6 with 254 pounds-feet of torque or a 3.7 liter, 305 hp V-6 with 275 pounds-feet of torque. Both come standard with the afore-mentioned five-speed automatic transmission, but the larger engine has an option to be mated to a six-speed manual transmission instead.
The safety features of the 2011 Acura TL are fairly standard – antilock brakes, with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, an electronic stability system, and side-impact and side-curtain airbags, as well as three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions. There are also active head restraints for the driver and front passenger.
Estimated fuel efficiency for the 2011 TL is 18 mpg city/26 highway for the base model, and 17 mpg city/25 highway in the all-wheel-drive model.
The starting MSRP for the 2011 Acura TL is $35,305 for the base model.