Optional all-wheel drive; impressive acceleration and performance; proven reliability
Mediocre fuel economy from both V6 engine choices; front-wheel-drivemodels suffer from understeer when pushed too hard in the curves; snug rear seating
The 2014 Acura TL carries over unchanged
We're not convinced the standard 3.5-liter, front-wheel-driveTLis worth the sticker price. Instead we recommend that shoppers interested in the TLgo full-boreand buy the SH-AWD-equippedTL. It's an extra $4,000 but well worth the money considering its performance and handling advantages.
The 2014 AcuraTLcomes in three trims: TL, TLSpecial Edition and TLSH-AWD. The TLand TLSH-AWDcan be equipped with two packages, the Technology and Advanced Package, while the AWD models can also be ordered with a manual transmission.
The TL($36,925) comes well-equipped and includes a power moonroof, HID headlights, 8-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, 8-way power passenger seats, steering-wheel-mountedpaddle shifters, heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt down feature, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trimmed seating, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate controls, manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, an 8-speaker 276-watt audio system with 6-disc CD changer and Bluetooth audio, USB port connectivity and Bluetooth cellphone connectivity.
The TL Special Edition($38,425) adds distinctive 18-in alloy wheels, color-keyedrear spoiler and Special Edition badging.
The Technology Package ($40,655) adds AcuraELS440-watt audio upgrade, AcuraLinktelematics, voice-activatednavigation with 8-in LCD view screen, GPS-linked solar-sensingclimate control, keylessaccess with push-buttonstart and premium perforated Milanoleather seating. Adding theAdvanced Package ($42,855) brings heated and ventilated front seats, a blind spot monitoring system and 18-in alloy wheels.
The TLSH-AWD ($40,475) gets a larger 3.7-liter engine, sport seats and 18-in wheels, while theTLSH-AWDwith 6-speed manual ($44,205)adds a manual transmission and the Technology Package.
The TLSH-AWDwith Technology Package ($44,205) adds an automatic transmission and the Technology Package, while theTLSH-AWDw/ Advanced Package ($46,405) adds all the SH-AWD features plus the Technology and Advanced Packages.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
BMW 3 Series--As the gold standard of the midsize luxury sports sedan, the 3 Series is a force to be reckoned with. With a 240 hp 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder, the basic 3 Series is easily overshadowed by the base-levelTL.
Audi A4--The base model A4 is a fun vehicle but in no way matches the TL's performance. Also, customers may be disappointed with the A4's continuously variable transmission, which is less responsive under hard acceleration.