Acura TL Review
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1996-1998 (First Generation)
The TL model first came about in 1996, and it was the 2.5 TL that was made available with the 2.5L 176hp 20-valve 5-cylinder engine. The First Acura TL came off
the assembly line on March 28, 1995. In 1997, a standard power moon roof was added to all TL models and in 1998 there were even more optional features to add to the
2.5 TL. However, this was also the last year that the TL was produced in Japan.
1999-2003 (Second Generation)
In 1998, Honda unveiled the TL-X concept car, which gave a preview of the second-generation TL. The second-generation TL was released in 1999 with a 4-speed electronic
automatic transmission with a SportShift. The first 1999 Acura TL came with a navigation system that stored maps for each of the 5 different zones for the United
States. In 2000, the Acura was given more features, including a 5-speed automatic transmission, with a SportShift. In 2001, a redesigned coupe version of the TL was
made by Acura, calling it the 3.2 CL. In 2002, the TL received a small makeover, with a new front fascia, redesigned taillights, as well as a couple of other features.
In 2003, Acura released an A-SPEC version of the popular TL Type-s. The A-Spec version was only available in Canada.
2004-2008 (Third Generation)
The third generation came off the assembly line at the end of September 2003. It was also the first car in the American market to include a 6 disc DVD-Audio system. The
2005 TL was made with a passenger airbag cutoff switch, and had extra stitching on the seats. The 2007 Acura TL features a new exterior, as well as a new interior with
a different steering wheel. In 2008, the Acura TL navigation system updated its network so it would be able to work in Hawaii.
2009 (Fourth Edition)
The 2009 Acura included a central multifunction display, an eight-speaker 276-watt audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and many other convenience items. Wheelbase is 1.4 inches, width nearly two inches, and overall length six inches.