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 TL includes electronic stability control, vehicle stability assist, brake assist, and side and head airbags for both front seats, with head airbags for the rear seats. The tire pressure monitoring system will make you aware if you’re low on air. The TL’s interior has a voice-activated climate control system and is Bluetooth enabled. The 8-speaker audio system has USB and auxiliary inputs.
The Acura TL’s exterior styling makes it stand out from other cars in its class, with a longer hood and fastback design that looks very distinct next to most sedans. High-intensity headlights and security system come standard, along with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and electronic brake distribution system.
If you’re looking for a good blend of performance and comfort in an upscale sedan, the Acura TL is worth a look. It doesn’t boast quite as many electronic systems and convenience features as more expensive cars in its class, but the powerful V6 engine makes up for a lot. If you want all the extras, they’re available in the optional Technology Package.