CHANGES FOR 2013:

– A-Spec trims added, limited to 350 units.

Changes are minor for 2013 as the mid-size Acura received a conservative redesign last year. Mechanically, base models continue with a 280-hp 3.5L V6, while Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) TLs receive a 3.7L six with 305 hp that can rocket the Acura from rest to 100 km/h in only 5.4 seconds. Not only does the SH-AWD version take corners with poise and balance, it also corners amazingly flat. Driving enthusiasts will also welcome the TL’s rare-in-this-class six-speed manual, a no-cost option on the SH-AWD, but all TLs come standard with a six-speed automatic with a “double-kick-down” feature and Drive-by-Wire throttle system that creates a “blip” of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting.

Features on the base TL include 3.5L SOHC V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, airbags (front, front side, side curtain), LED mirror-integrated turn signals, vehicle immobilizer, TPMS, automatic headlights, fog lights, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt-down, HID headlights, dual exhaust, power moonroof with tilt and auto-open/close, stainless steel roof and door window mouldings, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, exterior temperature indicator, Bluetooth phone connectivity, illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio/phone/MID/cruise controls, remote entry system with driver position memory, map lights, maintenance minder system, multi-information display (MID), power windows with front window auto-up/down, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, eight-speaker 276-watt 6-disc AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio, auxiliary input, Bluetooth audio, USB port, satellite radio, 8-way power front seats, heated front seats, and leather-trimmed interior.

TL A-Spec adds 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, front/side/rear underbody spoilers, rear decklid spoiler, contrast leather stitching, push button start, Keyless Access System with driver recognition, and A-Spec badging.

TL Tech adds (to base TL) rear decklid spoiler with integrated rearview camera, Acura 60GB HDD navigation system, GPS-linked solar-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Access System (smart entry and push button start) with driver recognition, 10-speaker Acura/ELS 440-watt premium sound system with 15GB HDD storage, and perforated premium Milano leather trimmed interior.

TL SH-AWD adds (to base TL) 3.7L SOHC V6 engine, all-wheel drive, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, hill start assist, headlight washers, and steering wheel with sport grip and interior colour stitching.

TL SH-AWD A-Spec adds 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, front/side/rear underbody spoilers, rear decklid spoiler, contrast leather stitching, push button start, Keyless Access System with driver recognition, and A-Spec badging.

TL SH-AWD Tech adds (to TL SH-AWD) the choice of automatic or manual transmissions (only trim with the manual choice), rear decklid spoiler with integrated rearview camera, Acura 60GB HDD navigation system, GPS-linked solar-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Access System (smart entry and push button start) with driver recognition, 10-speaker Acura/ELS 440-watt premium sound system with 15GB HDD storage, and perforated premium Milano leather trimmed interior.

TL SH-AWD Elite adds 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, cooled front seats, and blind spot information system.

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