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2013 Acura TL Special Edition

2013 Acura TL Review

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Less beak, more balance.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013

After tweaking the exterior styling and adding a six-speed automatic transmission last year, Acura has no revisions in store for the 2013 TL.

Overview

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Acura did just that with its TL. On first review, we found the third-generation model a bit cold and uninspiring, but years of refinement have vastly improved Acura’s mid-size luxury sedan. There aren’t any changes in store for 2013, which isn’t surprising, given how Acura has polished the TL in previous years. Suspension revisions that arrived in 2010, improved handling, and a six-speed manual-transmission option won the hearts of enthusiasts shopping for a performance-oriented machine. Another round of improvements for the 2012 model year tidied up the TL’s geometric styling while reducing the size of its controversial beak-like grille opening. A six-speed automatic was also added last year and boasted improved shift quality and fuel economy. Front-wheel-drive TL models continue to use a 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Stepping up to the all-wheel-drive TL SH-AWD model means an upgrade to a potent 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6. Enthusiasts will prefer the latter, but not only for the all-wheel-drive system’s ability to increase grip in cornering. It’s also the only way to opt for the crisp six-speed manual transmission.

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2013 TL Special Edition Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L VTEC V 6 OHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 23 MPG combined and 426 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 280 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 254 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'13 Acura Special Edition Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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