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2013 Acura TL Review

Healthy horsepower, high safety scores, and reasonable ownership costs place the used 2013 Acura TL high in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Lively standard V6 engine
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Spacious rear seats
  • SH-AWD model has small trunk




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.2
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2013 Acura TL Overview

Is the 2013 Acura TL a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Acura TL is a great used luxury midsize sedan. It offers outstanding handling and a comfortable, spacious interior packed with high-quality materials. It also has almost-perfect reliability. When new, we named it our 2013 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families.

Used 2013 Acura TL Performance and Interior

A 280-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard in the 2013 TL. All-wheel-drive models get a more potent V6, and a six-speed manual transmission is available. Both the FWD and AWD models have spirited handling.

Fuel economy is not the TL’s strength. The FWD model earns 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Models with AWD earn 2 mpg less in the city and 5 mpg less on the highway.

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The 2013 TL seats five in two rows and comes standard with leather seats, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Cooled front seats and upgraded leather are available. Seating is comfortable, supportive, and spacious in both rows. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

Standard interior features include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio input. The TL Technology package adds voice-controlled navigation, push-button start, an upgraded stereo, and GPS-linked temperature control. Reviewers considered the available stereo system one of the best in the class when the 2013 TL debuted.

The TL’s trunk has an odd shape, with a high lip and a small opening. It prevents the rear seats from folding flat, limits your ability to transport larger items, and can impede vision when backing up.

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Used 2013 Acura TL Prices

The price of a used 2013 Acura TL ranges from about $14,700 for the base front-wheel-drive trim to around $17,900 for the all-wheel-drive Acura TL with Technology package. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 53 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 53 Acura TL reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2013 TL.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Acura TL?

The 2013 Acura TL has a near-perfect reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the TL?

The 2013 TL received an overall safety score of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned four stars in the frontal and side crash tests and five stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Acura TL a Top Safety Pick+. The TL earned the top rating of Good in the driver’s side small overlap front, moderate overlap, rear, roof, and side crash tests.

There are no standard active safety features in the TL, but a rearview camera and a blind spot information system are available.

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Is the 2013 TL the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Acura TL is part of a generation that launched in 2009. The TL model saw an exterior refresh in 2012. You can save money by purchasing a 2012 TL, which is nearly identical to the 2013 model in terms of features and powertrains. 2014 was the TL’s final model year; it was replaced in 2015 by the Acura TLX.

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Which Used Acura TL Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Acura TL has one trim level and an array of packages. The base TL includes 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a dual-zone climate control system, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth, heated and power-adjustable front seats, an eight-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, a USB jack, a power moonroof, and fog lights. All-wheel-drive models get front sport seats and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The Technology package offers a navigation system with voice recognition; a 10-speaker surround-sound stereo system; a rearview camera; push-button start; upgraded leather seats; and a GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone adaptive climate control system. The Advance package includes a blind spot information system as well as heated and cooled front seats. With its long list of standard equipment, the base TL should meet most driver’s needs.

Even with the TL’s almost perfect reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Acura TL and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura TL or 2013 Lexus ES 350?

The 2013 Lexus ES and the TL both have a luxurious, spacious interior. Beyond that, the TL is the better luxury sedan. Its engine is livelier and handling is better. In addition, the Acura includes an easier-to-use infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura TL or 2013 Infiniti G37?

Both the 2013 Infiniti G37 and the TL are fine luxury midsize cars. The biggest differences are in body style and safety ratings. While the TL comes only as a sedan, the G37 is available as a sedan, coupe, or convertible. Neither vehicle earns great safety scores, but the TL’s are notably better.

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