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2014 Acura TL Review

The Acura TL has energetic handling, an upscale cabin, and solid reliability and safety ratings. It’s also one of the most affordable used midsize luxury cars available.

Pros & Cons


  • Premium interior
  • Strong V6 engines
  • Sporty handling



  • Few driver assistance features





Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Acura TL Overview

Is the 2014 Acura TL a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Acura TL is a great used car; it’s reliable, comfortable to drive, and does well in crash tests. However, the TL falls short of being a great luxury car. It lacks the high-tech gear, advanced driver assists, and luxe presence that rivals from Audi, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz offer.

There are two engines for the Acura TL. Front-wheel-drive models have a 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower) and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive models have a 3.7-liter V6 (305 horsepower) with either a six-speed manual or automatic. Both engines enable brisk acceleration, and the TL’s all-wheel-drive system provides excellent grip over slick roads. AWD does reduce fuel economy, however, from 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway to just 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The TL’s ride quality strikes a nice balance between soft and sporty.

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The Acura TL seats five and has a quiet interior. All TL sedans have leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a moonroof. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, as well as sport seats with larger side bolsters in all-wheel-drive models. Both seat styles are comfortable and supportive, and there’s sufficient head- and legroom in both rows. There are also two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row. The TL’s 13.1-cubic-foot trunk is somewhat small for the class (12.5 cubic feet in all-wheel-drive models).

The Acura TL’s swooping dashboard features USB and auxiliary audio inputs, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an infotainment screen. Available equipment includes a larger 8-inch screen, navigation, voice recognition, and 15 gigabytes of music storage. Most of the TL’s infotainment controls are user-friendly, but the number of buttons can be confusing at first. The TL’s features list would be great for a nonluxury midsize sedan, but not for a luxury model. Many of the TL’s European rivals offer better tech, including rear-seat entertainment systems and head-up displays.

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Used 2014 Acura TL Prices

Used 2014 TL models range from around $15,000 to $23,500, depending on the model you choose, its mileage, and its condition. These figures may differ in your community.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Acura TL?

The 2014 Acura TL is one of the most reliable vehicles in the midsize luxury car class. It earned a great reliability score of four out of five points from J.D. Power and Associates. Class leaders for reliability include the 2014 Lexus ES and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

How Safe Is the TL?

The 2014 Acura TL has good crash test scores, but it lacks the advanced safety features that are common in this class. Many competitors offer forward collision warning, parking sensors, lane departure warning, and more. The TL is available only with blind spot monitoring as part of the optional Advance package.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Acura TL a 2014 Top Safety Pick and awarded it scores of Good – the highest possible – in all five areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the TL a four-star rating for its overall, front, and side impact performance, as well as a perfect five-star rating in rollover crash testing.

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Should I Consider Another Used TL?

The fourth-generation TL runs from 2009 to 2014. Acura made few changes between the 2012 and 2014 model years. As a result, you could save money by opting for a similarly equipped 2012 or 2013 model. The TL was succeeded by the Acura TLX for 2015.

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Which Used Acura TL Is Right for Me?

The 2014 TL sedan comes in one trim level. Standard features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a moonroof, eight speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB input. TL models with all-wheel drive have a more powerful V6 engine. The available Technology package adds an 8-inch infotainment screen, satellite navigation, 10 speakers, a rearview camera, and proximity keyless entry. The Advance package adds blind spot monitoring and heated and ventilated front seats. If possible, look for a used Acura TL equipped with blind spot monitoring; it could help you avoid an accident.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned TL. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

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We researched 58 data points to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Acura TL and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura TL or 2014 Acura TSX?

The 2014 Acura TSX is an upscale small car, but it has a good deal in common with the upscale midsize TL. Both the TSX and TL have agile handling, great safety and reliability ratings, and premium interiors with fine build quality. Also, they were both replaced by the Acura TLX sedan in 2015. As the larger vehicle, the TL has a roomier back seat and a few features that the TSX doesn’t offer, including ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and available all-wheel drive. The smaller TSX, however, earns slightly better fuel economy. Both are sensible picks for used car shoppers, but the TL’s extra room and features make it a better buy.

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura TL or 2014 Honda Accord?

The 2014 Honda Accord may not be a luxury car, but it is the better pick when compared to its upscale TL cousin. The Accord has higher crash test scores and offers advanced safety features like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, which the TL does not. It also has a better infotainment system with a touch screen, a roomier back seat, a larger trunk, and superior fuel economy. Used Accord sedans are less expensive as well. The Acura TL has a slightly higher reliability rating and offers all-wheel drive, but otherwise the Accord is the better midsize sedan.

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura TL or 2014 Lexus ES?

If you value a plush ride over sporty handling, you’ll find the 2014 Lexus ES to be a sweeter deal. The ES tops the Acura with a serene ride and hushed cabin. It also offers more rear-seat space, a larger trunk, a higher reliability rating, and a wide array of active safety features, including forward collision warning. The ES is not available with all-wheel drive, and its infotainment system isn’t as easy to use, but overall it’s the better option.

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