The 2014 Acura TL – Balancing Style and Luxury with Performance

2014 Acura TL

Did you know the 2013 Acura TL was one of the first vehicles in the industry to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety including a GOOD rating in the Institute’s new small overlap front crash test? The same superior features that made this car a success in the 2013 model year carry over for the 2014 model year. Incidentally, later this month at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura will reveal a 2015 Acura TLX prototype that will replace the TL (and the TSX). While it’s still out on the market, we want our Tischer fans to know as much about the 2014 Acura TL as possible as it may be one of the best cars to meet your needs.

TL Options

There are two variations to the 2014 Acura TL—the TL and the TL SH-AWD® (Superior Handling All-Wheel Drive). Additionally, there are a variety of packages—Technology Package, Advance Package, and a Special Edition Package. All models feature a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission, while the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is also available with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option.

The Technology Package includes:


  • Acura/ELS Surround®  440-watt Premium Audio System with 10-speakers, DVD-Audio, CD, DTS®, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio, Song By Voice™, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), and 15 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) music storage
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
  • 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink  Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps, 1- and 3-day forecasts, and specific area weather
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with humidity control system and air filtration
  • Perforated full-grain Premium Milano leather seating surfaces
  • Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)

Advance Package features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind Spot Indicator (BSI)
  • 18×8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL)
  • 19×8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD®)
  • Active Safety Features
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with traction control (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Passive Safety and Security Features
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Impact-absorbing front and rear crumple zones
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS); Side curtain airbags; Dual-chamber front-seat side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Active head restraints for front seats
  • 3-point height-adjustable front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters;
  • 3-point rear seat belts
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat mounting system
  • Child-proof rear door locks
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer

Additionally, Acura notes “The two-wheel-drive TL Special Edition features distinctive 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a color-matched decklid spoiler and Special Edition badging” that complements many of the standard and exemplary Acura features Acura fans have come to appreciate. MSRP for the 2014 Acura TL starts at $36, 030.

Exterior & Interior TL Features

On the outside, the 2014 Acura TL displays the Acura signature grille and sweeping body lines that make this model both bold and luxurious to behold. Acura is a brand all about luxury and prides itself on including both exterior and interior detailing that lets drivers know they are driving a car that elevates the driving experience. From the exterior premium details such as stainless-steel body trim, a power moonroof, Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and LED taillights as standard equipment to the interior “dual personal” design that provides both the driver and front passenger with their own personal space, there are traces of elegance throughout this vehicle.

Available exterior features include:


  • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) front headlights with Auto on/off feature and Daytime Running Lights
  • Front bumper integrated halogen fog lights
  • LED illumination for: side mirror-integrated directional signals, side marker lights, brake lights and Center High Mount Stop Light (CHMSL)
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down function and integrated directional signals
  • Dual outlet exhaust finishers
  • 17×8-inch 7-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza EL400 P245/50R17 M+S tires (TL)
  • 18×8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 M+S tires (TL with Advance Package)
  • 18×8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL SH-AWD®)
  • 19×8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD® with Advance Package)
  • Front bumper mounted air ducts for front disc brake cooling (TL SH-AWD®)
  • SH-AWD® trunk emblem (TL SH-AWD®)

Available interior features include:

  • Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior (TL)
  • 10-way adjustable power-actuated driver seat (8-way adjustable seat with 2-way adjustable lumbar support) (TL)
  • 8-way adjustable power-actuated front passenger seat (TL)
  • Heated front seats (TL)
  • 2-position memory function (presets for driver seat, side mirrors, radio presets, climate control settings, MID) (TL)
  • Front center console with adjustable armrest, dual-level storage and coin holders (TL)
  • Rear seat armrest with locking trunk pass-through (TL)
  • Unique sport seating with additional bolstering for added support (TL SH-AWD®)
  • French seams with contrasting color Euro-style double stitch line on steering wheel, seats, parking brake lever, and shifter (TL SH-AWD®)

Additional features for added comfort and convenience:

  • 8-speaker, 276-watt audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls and racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, MID and voice recognition)
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Illuminated ignition switch, power-window switches, door-lock switches and overhead controls
  • Dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with air filtration and auto humidity control system
  • Rear passenger ventilation controls
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger’s auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Remote control and driver’s door lock-operated window auto-open function
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface with active pairing and Dial-by-Number voice tags
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • LED information display, electronic compass and exterior temperature indicator
  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
  • Auto dimming day/night rearview mirror
  • Front windshield and front-side window defoggers; Rear-window defroster with automatic timer
  • 12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
  • Aluminum threshold garnish
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Cargo net for trunk

As you can tell, there are many accommodations Acura has made in order to allow Acura drivers to feel strong, well-equipped, and even a little spoiled when hitting the road in the 2014 TL.


We’ve covered the style and luxury components of the TL, but don’t forget we also used the word “performance” earlier. The TL offers a choice of two all-aluminum powertrains. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque and drives the front wheels through a sophisticated Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System.

The TL SH-AWD® is powered by a slightly larger 3.7-liter V-6 engine producing 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Acura assures drivers that “The innovative, torque-vectoring SH-AWD® system, in addition to providing outstanding all-weather traction and cornering grip, can send more torque to the outside rear wheel when cornering, to create a “yaw moment” that enhances vehicle dynamics by generating a turn-in effect.”  You can rest assured that both city and country drivers behind the wheel of the Acura TL would find this car is able to handle either terrain.

One last word about performance—there’s also a safety component that’s always in the forefront of Acura’s mind. After all, you wouldn’t create a beautiful car such as the TL only to have it fall apart under pressure, would you? Acura points out “Like all Acura models, the TL features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).”

If you’re interested in a beautiful car, both on the outside and inside, that delivers superior comfort and modern technology, all while being able to maintain the demands of the road, consider the 2014 Acura TL. There’s a reason we have customers that are devoted and loyal TL drivers, and we think you just might be the next one!

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