The 6-speed manual transmission is controlled via paddle shifters, and two transmission modes (Drive and Sport) allow you to control performance and even put the car into manual mode so you can take full control. The suspension is set up to offer a compromise between sports car nimbleness and luxury sedan comfort. Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) and high-flow exhaust enhance engine efficiency.
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The base TL is front-wheel drive and comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 hp. It’s mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. In city driving, you’ll get 20 mpg, and an impressive 29 mpg on the highway.
The SH-AWD version of the TL has a 305 hp 3.7-liter V6 under the hood, which gets 18/26 city/highway mileage. As the name suggests, it’s all-wheel drive. The SH stands for Super Handling, a system that analyzes cornering, acceleration and weight distribution and redistributes power among the four wheels to maximize performance. For example,during highway driving, 90 percent of the power is sent to the front wheels. During acceleration, when weight transfers to the rear of the car, more power is sent to the rear wheels, where traction is greatest. An optional 6-speed manual transmission is only available in the SH-AWD (an automatic transmission is standard).
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|Build & Price|
2013 Acura TL$37,500 | 7,760 mi
2012 Acura TL$26,500 | 29,916 mi
2012 Acura TL$28,888 | 16,918 mi
2012 Acura TL$29,888 | 29,462 mi
2012 Acura TL$31,988 | 16,891 mi
2011 ACURA TL$25,995 | 33,270 mi
2010 Acura TL$22,222 | 51,616 mi
2010 Acura TL$22,936 | 49,336 mi
2010 Acura TL$22,981 | 37,013 mi
2010 Acura TL$23,975 | 32,542 mi
2009 Acura TL$16,893 | 63,002 mi
2009 Acura TL$18,650 | 85,070 mi
2009 Acura TL$21,888 | 61,362 mi
2009 Acura TL$22,419 | 51,061 mi
2009 Acura TL$22,490 | 55,998 mi
2008 Acura TL$14,948 | 78,738 mi
2008 Acura TL$21,598 | 31,689 mi
2007 Acura TL$12,588 | 104,403 mi
2006 Acura TL$10,825 | 111,589 mi
2006 Acura TL$10,920 | 104,272 mi
2004 Acura TL$9,989 | 119,688 mi
2004 ACURA TL$9,999 | 98,216 mi
2004 Acura TL$10,288 | 118,387 mi
2003 Acura TL$8,570 | 74,427 mi
2003 Acura TL$9,800 | 115,015 mi
2003 Acura TL$9,810 | 97,708 mi
2002 Acura TL$8,500 | 97,727 mi
2002 Acura TL$8,998 | 60,867 mi
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