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2013 Acura TL – Acura’s Bossy Midsize Premium Sedan

Updated October 17, 2012

If you are looking for a premium, midsized sedan, the 2013 Acura TL is promising to be a worthy contender. Like the TSX, however, the 2013 TL model doesn’t immediately appear to have been changed from the 2012 model. Of course, this could very likely be simply because the model was updated for the 2012 year. Nevertheless, a myriad of features makes this car a desirable option, and we’ll take a further look at them in depth, below.

Exterior Features – Nothing to Write Home About

As mentioned before, there are no changes to the outside of the 2013 Acura TL but in 2012, the vehicle was cleaned up and some sleekness was added to it. It has a funny looking grill but if you can get past that, the rest of the car is relatively nice on the outside, if not as modernized as other vehicles on the road.

Interior Features – A Taste of Acura Luxury

Inside, like most Acura vehicles, the luxury of the vehicle comes alive. You can buy the Acura TL in two trims – the base model and an SH-AWD trim. Buying the base model will afford you all of these options:

  • Dual Zone climate control
  • 8 way electronic power seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Wireless cell phone link system

The base model also features 17” alloy wheels. Upgrading to the SH-AWD model will get you a few more features, albeit not much:

  • Sport suspension
  • 18” wheels

See, told you it wasn’t much. If you are interested in adding on options to your 2013 Acura TL – no matter which trim you buy – you will find that no individual options are available. Instead you must buy one of the packages, each of which offers its own set of unique features.

Technology Package

Upgrading or adding on the technology package will give you a few other features – most of which are offered standard on other vehicles – but I digress. If you are looking to add on the technology package here is what you will get:

  •  Rear View Camera
  • Upgraded stereo system with a hard drive
  • Keyless entry and starting
  • Rear spoiler
  • Navigation system

Want more? Add on the Advanced Package and you’ll get all of the following:

  • Technology package features
  • Front seats that are heated and ventilated
  • Blind spot alert system
  • Base upgrades to 18” wheels while SH-AWD upgrades to 19” wheels

Engine Specs

Of course, you want to know the nitty gritty. Truth is there is not that much change from the base model’s 3.5L V6 engine with an output of 280 HP to the SH-AWD’s 3.8L V6 engine with an output of 305 HP. Base models are only available in front wheel drive and a featured 6-speed transmission is all that is offered. If you want the manual transmission, you will have to go with the SH-AWD model, but you won’t be able to get the Advanced Package, only the Technology Package.

To be honest, the 20/29 mileage is simply not worth the money or the do or do without attitude of the add-ons. I would much rather be able to choose the features I want and the engine I want. If you are fine with being told what to do and how to set up your car, the 2013 Acura TL is not an undesirable option.

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Calvin Escobar
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