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2013 Acura TL Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Acura TL was new.


Interior: 8.2

Reviewers say that the 2013 Acura TL’s interior boasts high-quality materials, good passenger space and an impressive list of standard tech features. However, some test drivers write that the TL could have a larger trunk, and that the infotainment system can be a little difficult to use. Still, reviewers have positive comments about the TL’s other electronic features. A few critics note that audiophiles will love the TL’s stereo, while another comments that the navigation system is one of the best you’ll find in an upscale midsize car.

  • "TL's cabin generally presents well, with rich-feeling leather and soft dash and door surfaces. Some hard plastics are disappointing, but most are kept out of direct sight." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior is top-shelf and handsome in nearly every way, which struck me the most after a commuting lap." -- AutoWeek (2012) 
  • "Inside, the 2012 Acura TL’s modestly redesigned interior is roomy, attractive and functional." -- Forbes (2012) 
  • "The interior, although ergonomically correct in terms of access to dials and gauges, is about as warm as a white, plastic pocket protector worn with a blue shirt - functional, but not the least bit appealing." -- The Washington Post (2012)  


The 2013 Acura TL comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat and an eight-way power passenger seat. Upgraded leather and heated and ventilated front seats are available in option packages.

Reviewers unanimously agree that the TL’s seats are comfortable and supportive. Back-seat legroom is good for even tall adults, which test drivers like. One auto writer says that while forward visibility is good in the TL, rearward visibility is compromised a bit by the TL’s high trunklid.

  • Slim front roof pillars provide good forward visibility. Rear visibility is hampered a bit by a tall decklid; models with the Technology or Advance Packages include a helpful rearview camera." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The burnt orange seats are comfortable, supportive and offer an excellent driving position." -- AutoWeek (2012) 
  • "The TL is the largest and roomiest sedan in its class and one of the few whose back seat can graciously handle long hauls with long adults." -- The New York Times (2012) 
  • "We found the front seats to be comfortable and supportive, with sufficient travel to suit long-legged motorists. Rear seat room is plentiful for two adult riders - three in a pinch - with a maximum 36.2 inches of legroom." -- Forbes (2012)  

Interior Features

The 2013 Acura TL comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input. The optional Technology package adds features that include voice-controlled navigation, a rearview camera, push-button start, an upgraded stereo and GPS-linked temperature control, which tracks the sun’s position and intensity and adjusts the car’s climate settings accordingly.

While most reviewers like the TL’s premium interior materials and excellent build quality, a few dislike the TL’s button-heavy center stack and the infotainment system’s control knob, which can be difficult to use. Still, more than one reviewer says that the TL’s stereo system is one of the best in its class, while another comments that the navigation system is easier to use than what you’ll find in many upscale midsize cars.

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  • TLs so equipped use an ‘interface dial’ to access these systems. It's not as complicated as some European premium cars, but a touchscreen would probably make things simpler." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The navigation system remains one of the best, most intuitive units from any OEM." -- AutoWeek (2012) 
  • "A particular high point of the TL SH-AWD is the stereo, with its wide range of audio sources and exceptional sound quality." -- CNET (2012) 
  • "We're still frustrated to see Acura sticking with the company's cumbersome wheel/joystick interface for the infotainment system instead of a more natural touch-screen layout, or at least a horizontally mounted controller. The system sticks out like a sore thumb in an interior that's largely very intuitive." -- Autoblog (2012)  


The 2013 Acura TL’s 13.1 cubic-foot trunk is about average for the class, though the SH-AWD model has slightly less room, with 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space. Competitors like the Lexus ES 350 and Nissan Maxima have slightly more trunk space, with 15.2 and 14.2 cubic feet, respectively. Some reviewers say that while the TL has decent cargo volume, the trunk is oddly-shaped and the rear seatbacks don’t fold flat, which could limit your ability to haul large items. Another auto writer says that small-item storage in the TL’s cabin also falls short of some rivals'.

  • "Interior storage space is not great for the class. The door map pockets aren't especially large, and the center console box is set too far aft for convenient access." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Acura’s surprisingly small and ill-shaped trunk remains its biggest demerit." -- The New York Times (2012) 
  • Trunk space is adequate with 13.1 cubic feet of space (12.5 with AWD), though the rear seatbacks do not fold flat to expand its cargo-carrying abilities." -- Forbes (2012)

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