The 2013 Acura TL may not have changed compared to the 2012 model, but we’re glad the automaker hasn’t removed the manual-transmission model. The 2013 TL with Acura’s SH-AWD system and a six-speed manual and the Technology package will cost $44,080. The basic front-drive 2013 TL starts at $36,800. The luxury sport sedan’s pricing is $200 over the 2012 model and includes an $895 destination charge.
The 2013 Acura TL will still offer a six-speed manual with the SH-AWD system, the automaker revealed this week. Pricing on the 2013 Acura TL starts with a base model at $36,800, while the all-wheel-drive TL with the manual transmission will again only be offered with the Technology package, priced at $44,080. All prices include the $895 destination charge and represent a $200 increase over 2012 Acura TL prices.
After debuting in the 2009 model year to mixed reviews — largely because of its controversial styling — the Acura TL was refreshed in the 2012 model year and carries over unchanged for 2013. The entry-level TL, at $36,800, is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 making 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. Using a six-speed automatic, the 2013 Acura TL gets an EPA-rated 20/29 mpg city/highway. Standard features include HID headlights, fog lights, a power moonroof, eight-speaker sound system, 17-inch wheels (18s are available).
The TL more people are likely to buy is the one equipped with the $3730 Technology package, which includes a navigation system with a 60GB hard drive and a larger central screen, perforated leather seats, and a 10-speaker premium sound system. For $2200 more ($42,730 with the 3.5-liter V-6), the Acura TL with the Advance package includes heated and ventilated front seats, a blind spot monitoring information system, and 18-inch wheels.
2013 Acura TL models with the automaker’s “super-handling all-wheel drive” start at $40,350, and have under the hood a 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 with 273 lb-ft of torque. When we tested an all-wheel-drive 2012 Acura TL with the six-speed manual, the 0-60 mph sprint was completed in 5.3 seconds with the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 99.6 mph. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on the all-wheel-drive TL, which can be had with the Technology package with the six-speed manual or automatic for $44,080. An all-wheel-drive TL with the Advance package adds 19-inch wheels (pictured at top) and will carry an MSRP of $46,280.
The 2013 Acura TL, which was recently named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, may be replaced by a new model called the TLX for the 2014 or 2015 model year. An Acura TLX would again be based on the Honda Accord, and since that 2013 four-door shrunk in length by 3.5 inches, expect the next-generation TL or TLX to get slightly shorter, as well. The 2013 Honda Accord’s 3.5-liter V-6 makes 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and is estimated to get 21/34 mpg. The Acura TLX could mark the automaker’s first use of direct-injection on a V-6 but, for now, Acura sedan buyers can choose from the ILX and TSX compacts or TL and RL midsize entries.