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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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 shut down by itself while I was stopped at a traffic light on my way home from work."

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

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Needed a complete brake overhaul including rotors - this was the first brake job on this car. Not Bad."

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

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)

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)

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)

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)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine rebuilt under excessive oil consumption issue, covered by manufacturer and warranty extended"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Acura TL SH-AWD 3.7-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)

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)

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)

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

Climate System

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jun 27 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2013 Acura ILX, 2015 RDX, 2005-2010 and 2012 RL, 2009-2014 TL, 2010 and 2012 ZDX, 2007-2011 CR-V, 2011-2013 and 2015 CR-Z, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013 Fit EV, 2010-2011 and 2013 Insight and 2007-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with driver frontal air bag inflators assembled as a recall remedy part or replacement service part, that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 12, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are S5B and W59.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V500000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1558
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Mar 06 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles received a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of a previous Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement driver air bag module containing the same inflator type as a service part. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, these inflators may explode.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall began April 10, 2019. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is U40.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V182000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1101534
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 03 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. The recall began March 2017. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JY0, JY1, and JY2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V061000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2232187
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