The 2013 Acura TL is the automakers most important vehicle, and of late, reaction has been cheery. Perhaps not wanting to spoil a good thing, Acura is bringing the TL back essentially the same. Acura happily boasts the TL was one of two cars out of 11 total that received the highest rating of “good” in small overlap frontal barrier crash testing. The 2013 Acura TL is on sale as of this week and is priced starting at $36,800, including $895 for destination and handling. All prices for the 2013 Acura TL are up a modest $200 increase over 2012′s starting price.
Powering the TL is a 3.5-liter 280-hp V-6 engine. An all-wheel-drive version begins at $40,350 and is powered by a bigger 3.7-liter V-6 that ups the horses to 305. Both engines are paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, though a six-speed manual is available with the bigger engine and a technology package starting at $44,080.
Standard features on the 2013 Acura TL include xenon headlights; halogen fog lights; a power moonroof and an eight speaker 276-watt stereo. A Technology package is available for an additional $3,730 and adds perforated leather seats, a more premium audio system, and real-time navigation. The Advance package adds heating and ventilation, a blind spot monitor, and larger 18-inch wheels on the front-wheel-drive models, and 19-inch wheels for the all-wheel-drive cars. The Advance package costs an additional $2,200 over the Technology package.
The 2013 TL gets an estimated 20 mpg city and 29 on the highway, while the AWD models take a 2 mpg gallon decrease on city figures, 3 on highway down to 26 mpg. Manual transmission models get a mediocre 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. It’s now on sale at dealers nationwide.