Acura are a Japanese car manufacturer and are wholly owned by the larger Honda brand, with the Acura models intended to be higher luxury options when compared to the standard Honda range. One of the most popular cars in the Acura line-up is the TL model which was first introduced in 1995 in Japan and was up until recently the best-selling model in the entire range. Here’s a very small history of how the Acura TL vehicle has progressed since the mid-1990s and how it became one of America’s most popular drives and best-selling models from this manufacturer.
The First Generation Acura TL
The first TL was launched all the way back in the mid-90s and had very standard features back then. For example, if you bought this car you would have been limited to the amount of functions that it came with. The Acura TL included the following items:
- Power Windows
- Power Locks
- Dual Airbags
- Automatic Climate Control
- Cassette and CD Player
- Anti-Lock Brakes
If you wanted leather interiors then you would have had to pay a lot more to the car dealer. These early versions of the car didn’t come with GPS and there were no such things as Acura Navigation System Updates back then either – the dashboard navigation came a lot later.
The Second Generation Acura TL
It didn’t take long for Acura to up their game though, and the second generation model released in 1999 came with a lot more functionality. It was also manufactured in the United States at their Marysville plant in Ohio. By 2003 the Acura TL was starting to appear in the top ten best selling American car lists and was firmly entrenched in the US market as an affordable family-sized car that came with more luxury features. The new features included:
- Fully Painted Skirt Kit
- Black Leather Stitched Interiors
- Acura TL Navigation System (GPS)
- Side Impact Airbags
Third Generation Acura TL
By 2004 the Acura TL was now Acura’s best-selling model in the United States and was earning rave reviews from automotive bloggers and reviewers. They loved the manual-transmission version more than the automatic model – which did seem to be a bit non-responsive when handling corners. The car was lauded for its safety features which made it become one of the country’s best loved family cars that money could buy. In terms of performance this Acura TL rated very highly, and here are some high-points.
- Zero to Sixty Miles Per Hour in 5.5 seconds
- Zero to One Hundred Miles Per Hour in 13.9 seconds
- Zero to One Hundred and Thirty Miles Per Hour in 19.6 seconds
- Top Speed of One Hundred and Fifty Miles Per Hour
Acura plan to release the fourth and fifth generation models of the Acura TL over the coming five years. It’s definitely set to cement itself and build upon the last 15 years as one of the best cars in its bracket.