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2011 Acura TL - Review


out of 10
All-wheel drive, a strong V-6 engine, plenty of high-tech features, and plenty of space make the 2011 Acura TL a strong contender in the luxury sedan market--despite its Honda Accord basis. MotorAuthority rates the Acura TL a 7 on these strengths, though it falls short of the cream of the luxury sedan crop in term of styling and handling.

Speaking of styling, the TL is a controversial car--something uncharacteristic for Honda or Acura--and not everyone will love it. Those that do are likely to be more technology-oriented, younger, or those just looking for something different. The large, beak-like grille in particular stands out as a polarizing feature.

If you can get past the looks, or if they draw you in, there are many very good things going on inside the TL. Under the hood lies a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with VTEC mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and powering the front wheels. If you want Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), you'll move up to a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 borrowed from the larger Acura RL and paired with an optional manual transmission in addition to the standard automatic.

Handling isn't brilliant, as the TL's front-heavy weight bias and soft suspension limit its mechanical grip, but in SH-AWD trim, it can feel almost as good as a more balanced rear-wheel drive sports sedan at about seven-tenths of the limit. That said, the suspension is well-sorted for daily driving duties, composed and comfortable over almost any surface, and confident even in emergency maneuvers.

As for all that high-tech equipment, the 2011 TL comes standard with a USB iPod/MP3 interface, eight-speaker audio system, and a high-resolution display that serves as the control center for the infotainment system (and navigation on equipped models). Opt for the Tech Package and you'll add navigation with live weather, traffic, and re-routing, solar-sensing temperature control, a rear view camera, keyless entry, and an Acura/ELS 440-Watt stereo system.

For the full details on the 2011 Acura TL, including more in-depth coverage of its features, comfort, quality, and performance, read the full review at TheCarConnection.

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