The TL is a nice upscale sedan but no longer stood out from the crowd. Styling was tweaked and the automatic transmission got another gear to a six-speed, boosting fuel economy by one mpg to 24. As always, it had a great drivetrain, sound ride, and a nicely-finished interior with supportive front seats. Handling was sound, but compromised by vague steering.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000. ESC optional from 2002, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
Road Test

The TL is a nice upscale sedan but no longer stood out from the crowd. Styling was tweaked and the automatic transmission got another gear to a six-speed, boosting fuel economy by one mpg to 24. As always, it had a great drivetrain, sound ride, and a nicely-finished interior with supportive front seats. Handling was sound, but compromised by vague steering. A tight rear seat and a tiny trunk opening were letdowns in this typically commodious class.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Acura TL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"I'm not sure exactly what the problem is, and Acura has been no help, but on rare occasions when I try to engage passing gear by stepping on the gas the car will drop into neutral and I( have to take my foot off the gas and then again step on it"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Rough shifting

"On 10 occasions, gears would bang while shifting. Car would shake"

Francis D., NJ (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"At low speeds, (ie. merging) transmission does not engage immediately when the gas pedal is pushed but hesitates and then jerks into gear and accelerates."

Steven R., NJ (2013 Acura TL 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

"The rough shifting may be a software issue. Hasn't occurred in 6 months, but issue was never resolved by dealer"

Francis D., NJ (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Driving was a bit herky-jerky. They reprogrammed/reset the transmission computer which seems to have helped although I still feel that it just feels a bit funny when driving"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"See previous"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"The transmission feels awful in this car. Acura says they have updated programming which supposedly helps fix most of the issues but I still don't particularly like how it acts after having that done."

Anonymous, KS (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"input shaft sensor replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"The defect was the electronic steering control, and I paid for the replacement. However, about 6 months later, they sent a letter out to reimburse me for the entire amount."

Jeffrey S., TX (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering quit with a thunk while I was stopped at a red light."

Steven R., NJ (2013 Acura TL 3.7-L V6)

"Power steering computer failed resulting in complete loss of power steering"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Struts leaked fluid and needed to be replaced"

Steven R., NJ (2013 Acura TL 3.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The Steering in the TL has a problem that cannot be repaired. If you hit small drop in the road the steering will pull in the direction of the drop. It will almost pull the wheel out of your hand. If you are braking when it happens, it is worse."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Vibration at highway speeds and hard braking that dealership was unable to eliminate. Reduced slightly after replacing Bridgestone OEM Tires."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Rear wheel bearing became noisy and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"seal for front windshield had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Chair back of passenger seat was rattling and producing an unbearable noise. Then Acura tried to tell us that they considered this a "cosmetic" problem and it wouldn't necessarily be covered under the factory warranty to have it replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

"The center console squeaks"

Tom H., PA (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.5-L V6)

"Front passenger seat developed a loud squeaking noise when someone was in the seat. It was not there when the seat was empty. Have random squeaks coming from left side of dash. They are intermittent and difficult for the dealer to identify"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Clip came loose in headliner causing rattles over bumps."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind and mostly road noise.Checked w/ dealer to see if insulation was missing Very noisy in cabin"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Plastic trim around front grill is warped with ends turning up away from body"

Trapier J., PA (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber molding, water and wind protection has worn out just from age in 4 years."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"rubber exterior around windows"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura TL)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chipping, dead insects that can not be cleaned"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"The front hood has many chips and the left rear door has two small missing paint areas at the top of the leading edge. It is unlikely anything could have hit the door in this location. My 2006 did not have any such problems."

Steven R., NJ (2013 Acura TL 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door sensor malfunctioned and caused alarm to go off until replaced"

Trapier J., PA (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Glass defects

"The windshield has a million small chips out of it after 76k miles. They are very small, but when you are facing the sun it refracts the light and makes it difficult to see through."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"About 30k miles I started having a problem with the right passenger window becoming very slow when rolling it up or down. The dealer kept saying that there was nothing wrong with it. At a little over the warranty expiration the regulator in the window stopped working all together. They now want about $750 to get it fixed. I keep my cars a long time and I have never had this problem with GM or Toyota products. Going back to them only."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag controller in drivers seat malfunctioned causingairbag system to not work. 900 dollar repair"

Michael W., AZ (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Tacata replacement"

R L., MO (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Rotors

"Brake vibration when hot."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brake pads are new but brakes continue to squeal as the vehicle comes to stop"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"tachometer hunting - surging"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission made peculiar noise. Could have been new tires. According to dealer, Acura does not let transmissions be worked on at dealerships, otherwise the warranty is voided. It was replaced with a new transmission. Very possible that nothing was wrong with previous transmission"

K W., KY (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The whole system of light loses its seal allowing the entry of moisture which makes burn a piece and brings the complete change of the headlight (2300 $)"

Jean-Pierre V., QC (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Driver¿s door lock had intermittent issues. I could lock driver¿s side door after exiting car, but fob key would not unlock door to get back into car. I had to enter vehicle through passenger side door"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"They said it was fixed but CD player goes back to the beginning of the track instead of where it stopped."

Judith G., OH (2013 Acura TL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Replaced cylinder head #1 under warranty at 64000 miles. Engine was making loud clicking noise"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Fuel injection needed cleaning"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"I selected oil leaks because it best captured the issue. My car sometimes burns through excessive amounts of oil. One time last year and one time the prior year, I had an issue where oil pressure light came on. I checked the oil levels and found out I had no or almost no oil. Acura has recently acknowledged an issue with certain model year TLs and is taking steps to remedy the issue."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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