The TL takes its final bow for 2014, humming an unchanged melody; an all-new model wearing a TLX logo will arrive for the 2015 model year.
Both base 3.5- and optional 3.7-liter V6 engines return, the latter powering all-wheel-drive models; six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but a six-speed stick can be had with the 3.7.
The TL appellation that was first introduced for the 1996 model year and last updated for 2009 has had a pretty good run and has been a rock-solid favorite with Acura-istes. Its replacement that’s due by mid-2015 will be based on the current Honda Accord platform, but will of course deliver standard V6 power plus available all-wheel-drive. Until it shows up, the final-year TL returns untouched, which means you’ll still get plenty of standard stuff including dual-zone climate control, power moonroof and leather-covered seats (power-adjustable in front).
Optional are ventilated front seats while the extra-cost voice recognition sound system can store up to 3,500 songs on its hard drive. The TL’s base 280-horsepower V6 and optional 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 remain untouched. The 3.5 is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, while the 3.7-liter V6 that comes with all-wheel-drive is close behind at 18/26. Both engines come with six-speed automatic transmissions while the 3.7 can be fitted with a six-speed manual (its 17/25 rating makes it the least efficient of the group). As for the few available options, a Technology Package includes a navigation system with traffic and weather updates, 440-watt sound system, premium leather-covered seats and keyless push-button start. In addition, an Advance Package adds ventilated front seats, upgraded wheels and a Blind Spot Information system that advises the driver when another vehicle is closing in on the TL from either side.
Base price (incl. destination): $36,900
Type: Four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC I4 (280)
Optional engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (305)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Six-speed manual (opt. w/3.7); six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 20/29 (3.5)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,730