Acura RLX 2014

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Lighting & Visibility

Multi-view Rear View Camera
The RLX comes with a rearview camera that automatically produces a display in the center screen when “Reverse” is engaged. There are three separate views, allowing you to select the one that best serves your situation. You can change the views by pressing the center panel’s “Enter” control.

  • The normal view is ideal to look for items behind the RLX that are too low to be seen through the rear window.
  • The wide angle view shows a 170° view behind the RLX, which is perfect to look for approaching vehicles or pedestrians when backing out of parking spots.
  • The top-down view is useful for parallel parking or lining up a trailer hitch.
  • When Dynamic Guidelines are activated, the guidelines move according to front wheel angle to help guide your trajectory and judge distances.

Jewel Eye LED Headlights
All RLX models are equipped with Jewel Eye™ LED headlights which provide a whiter, brighter beam than HID or halogen headlights, while using less energy and lasting significantly longer.

  • The low beams are comprised of eight LEDs that shine through 16 lenses. Each pair of lenses is precisely aimed to focus the LED beam over a longer and wider surface area, enabling the driver to see the road more clearly, without blinding oncoming traffic.
  • The high beams activate and enable you to identify distant objects 200 milliseconds more quickly than conventional lights. At 60 mph, the car will have traveled over 17 feet by that time.
  • During the day, the 16 low-beam lenses act as daytime running lights, giving the RLX the same distinctive light signature, both day and night.
  • Even when turned off, the reflective surfaces behind the lenses give the lights a bright, jewel-like appearance.

Blind Spot Information System
The RLX is equipped with Acura’s blind spot information system that can assist you when making lane changes.

  • If the system detects a vehicle in an adjacent lane in the RLX “alert zone” (approximately from the rear half of the RLX to half a car-length back), an indicator will appear on that side’s windshield pillar, and a display will appear on the MID at the center of the gauge cluster.
  • If the driver activates the turn signal in the direction where a vehicle has been detected, the pillar light on the corresponding side will flash, and a buzzer will sound.
  • The indicators only light up when the RLX is traveling above 6 mph, so they won’t come on when parking, at stop lights, or in stop-and-go traffic.

Side Mirrors
While side mirrors are often an overlooked component in many cars, in the RLX they’re surprisingly feature-rich.

  • Both mirrors are automatically heated when the rear window defogger is activated.
  • When reverse is engaged, the mirrors automatically tilt downward to reveal potential obstructions close to the car.
  • The power mirrors are among the many components that can automatically move into a preset position when a driver who’s holding a key enters the car.
  • The outer quarter of the driver’s mirror is slightly curved outward to give an expanded view to the side of the car.
  • The mirror housing contains a thin line of LEDs that light up with the turn signals.
  • With the Technology Package, the mirrors will fold alongside the car at the push of a button or can be set to automatically fold when the doors are locked from outside the vehicle.
  • With the Advance Package, the mirrors will dim automatically in the evening to prevent reflected headlights from becoming a distraction.

Controls

Key Remote Functions
Despite the handsome design of the RLX key, it’s rarely necessary to remove it from your pocket or purse.

  • The door handles will automatically light up as you approach the RLX, starting from about three feet away.
  • Upon touching the driver’s door handle, the seats, steering wheel, and side mirrors will automatically move to your previously determined settings. In addition, your presets for radio (AM, FM and SiriusXM), speed dial, and navigation locations (if equipped) will also be activated.
  • Once inside, the Multi-Information Display located between the speedometer and tachometer, informs you to start the car by pushing the start button while applying brake pressure.
  • When leaving the car, pushing a button on the outer door handle locks the vehicle.
  • On a hot day, you can lower all the windows and open the sunroof to cool the car by pressing the unlock button on the remote a second time and holding it as you approach the vehicle.

Interior

Seating

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Acura has long recognized that the greatest level of contact you have with a car is through the seats. Needless to say, extensive attention went into the seats of Acura’s flagship sedan.

  • Both front seats have 12-way adjustment, which includes a lumbar support that adjusts up and down, as well as in and out.
  • Four distinct levels of softness and firmness are designed into the seats to provide an ideal combination of comfort and support.
  • While dual-level heating is standard, the Advance Package provides six levels of personal climate control, including three levels of heating and three of cooling. The seats cool by drawing air across occupants and into the perforations in the leather, allowing you to quickly reach your desired comfort level.
  • For supreme convenience, the 2-driver automatic memory system is designed to record preferences for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and side mirror positions.
  • The Technology Package covers the seating surfaces with remarkably soft, perforated Milano Leather.

Rear Seats
Using the same packaging techniques it employs on its smaller vehicles, Acura gave the RLX class-leading rear legroom that’s equivalent to most competing brands’ full-size luxury sedans.

  • At 38.8 inches, the RLX offers more rear legroom than the Lexus LS, Audi A8 and comes within a tenth of an inch of the Jaguar XJ and BMW 7-Series sedans.
  • Rear occupants have their own climate control zone, which they can set with controls behind the front center console.
  • Advance Package models are equipped with dual-level heating for the rear outboard seating positions.
  • Models equipped with the Krell Audio system provide full-coverage side sun screens on the rear doors and a power rear sun screen.

Storage

Cargo Area
Open the trunk lid, and you’ll find a wide area with a flat floor that easily accommodates large pieces of cargo.

  • The RLX provides just under 15 (14.9) EPA-rated square feet of highly usable space with some additional hidden storage under the trunk floor. The model with the Krell Audio system has 14.7 square feet, as some space is devoted to the powerful sub-woofer.
  • There are some additional cargo spaces under the trunk floor as well as spaces custom fit for designed to store tools for the flat repair kit and a large warning sign.
  • Additional pass-through space behind the rear seat armrest allows the placement of long items such as skis.

Cabin Storage
A luxury car cabin will not feel nearly as luxurious if it’s cluttered with everyday items or if things are difficult to find. That’s why considerable care was taken with the RLX interior to ensure that everything you need at a moment’s notice is within reach.

  • The illuminated glove box has a shelf to keep the owner’s manual readily at hand. If you require a larger, undivided space, the shelf can be easily reconfigured.
  • The center storage compartment has both a deep bin for large items and a tray near the top for smaller, easily accessible items. The console armrest/storage cover is double-hinged to open either in the direction of the driver or front passenger and can also slide back for ongoing access to the top storage tray.
  • Storage areas such as the coin pocket and cup holder have plated knobs that are illuminated at night when closed. When opened, the storage spaces themselves are automatically illuminated.

Controls

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The RLX instrument panel takes the Acura interior-design DNA to a whole new level. Supple leather starts at the front door panels, sweeps across the curves of the Acura dual-cove instrument panel, and clothes the center panel controls, surrounding the driver and front passenger in leather.

  • There are now two screens in the center: the lower On-Demand Multi-use Display (ODMD) touch screen contains primary controls for audio and climate controls, allowing the main display screen to remain high for at-a-glance viewing and to display information that’s independent from the touch screen.
  • The RLX still provides you with physical analog gauges for road and engine speeds, temperature and fuel level.
  • The Multi-Information Display (MID) between the speedometer and tachometer can be controlled from the steering wheel to provide a wealth of information from tire pressure to average mpg. On navigation-equipped models, the MID is in full color and can show turn-by-turn navigation directions.
  • An all-new, three-spoke steering wheel provides you with a wide array of controls that are easy to distinguish through a combination of buttons, toggles and rotary wheels.
  • Additional controls for sunroof, interior lights, and HomeLink® are overhead, yet easily within reach. The HomeLink system lets you conveniently eliminate separate garage or gate remotes by programming their frequencies into one of three buttons.

On Demand Multi-use Display
Acura has long been at the forefront of audio and information technology. But as the number of features have grown, so have the number of buttons on the center panel. The RLX designers, however, devised an intuitively easy way to use a touch screen with all the controls you need at any given time. What could have resulted in over 30 buttons is now a mere nine.

  • You no longer have to repeatedly hit a button until your desired function is rotated into place. With nine different audio sources, each one can be accessed directly.
  • Each display has a design that best arranges controls for the particular task at hand, so every panel can be quickly understood and operated.
  • Every climate control function is instantly accessible with six hard controls as well as six touch-screen controls with a near-permanent presence at the bottom of the control screen.
  • A shortcuts screen speeds you to your favorite presets among all audio sources, climate control combinations, navigation locations, or phone speed-dial favorites.
  • Another shortcut allows you to disable access to various locations and functions for valet service, including trunk and glove box, as well as navigation, phone and audio controls.
  • All the screens can display an instant current status of audio or climate functions while the upper display screen continues undisturbed.

Voice Recognition
In addition to the sophisticated, new touch-screen controls and the versatile steering-wheel controls, the Voice Recognition feature that accompanies the Acura Navigation System10 allows you to perform the most frequently used functions of the audio, climate control, and navigation systems without ever lifting a finger.
With a simple click of the “Talk” steering wheel-mounted control, the audio system will instantly mute as you issue one of 600-plus voice commands to the audio, climate or navigation systems.

  • If you come to an unfamiliar information display on the navigation screen, voiced guidance prompts can help you with command choices, and available command choices will be highlighted.
  • Some commands can replace multiple manual functions, for example: “CD, song 4”, will turn on the audio system, select CD as an audio source, and play the fourth song.
  • You can enter a specific address, as the navigation system will recognize over a million city and street names.
  • This is the latest edition of the Voice Recognition system, which Acura has been offering and refining for over a decade.

Keyless Start
The Keyless Access System with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition allows you to walk up to the RLX, unlock the doors, have the car set your preferences and start the engine without ever having to take the key out of your pocket.

  • The vehicle will sense the key remote but will not unlock the door until you touch the handle.
  • You can turn the engine and auxiliary controls on and off at the touch of a button.
  • If the key fob battery runs out, you can start the engine by pushing the start button and moving the key in front of the pressed start button while depressing the brake pedal.

Safety

Child Safety
The RLX has several features addressing child safety, from sophisticated airbag sensors to anchors that secure child seats.

  • All windows and the moonroof have an auto-reverse feature that can reverse their closing if an obstacle is encountered.
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) anchors plus upper-tether anchors in the rear seat allow LATCH-compatible child seats to be installed in the outboard positions without the use of seat belts.

Body Structure Design
The RLX was designed with Acura’s latest improvements on the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes.

  • The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.
  • This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to the other vehicle in a crash.
  • The latest generation of ACE includes new energy-channeling structures to protect body integrity when only a small portion of the front end receives the full brunt of a frontal impact.
  • This design should help the RLX achieve a “good” rating in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash test.

Braking & Stability

Braking Systems
The RLX features a firm pedal feel with linear response that allows braking to be precisely modulated. The RLX disc brakes are backed up by several sophisticated electronic systems to provide you with enhanced abilities under most circumstances while also providing more comfort during urban driving.

  • Press a button on the center console to engage Brake Hold Control, and you will not have to sustain pressure on the brake pedal during long stops at traffic lights or heavy traffic congestion. When you brake to a stop, hold the brake for about a second longer and then release it. The brakes will then hold the car in place until you engage the accelerator pedal.
  • The anti-lock braking system (ABS) helps you retain steering control in emergency braking by preventing the wheels from locking up, while still letting them achieve their maximum level of stopping power.
  • The RLX conveniently includes an electronic parking brake that can be set by a simple tug on a switch in the center console.
  • The Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system uses the ABS system to direct braking power among the four wheels—depending on the vehicle load—to help optimize braking effectiveness.
  • The Brake Assist system detects the driver’s emergency braking by monitoring the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed and stepping in to ensure the ABS system is activated—terminating immediately upon release of the brake pedal.

Vehicle Stability Assist
The Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system uses an array of sensors along with ABS to minimize the dangers of oversteer or understeer.

  • The system continually monitors vehicle speed, throttle position, individual wheel speeds, steering angle, lateral G-force, and yaw rate.
  • When the potential for oversteer or understeer is detected, VSA will reduce the engine’s torque and use the VSA modulator to apply brakes to each wheel as needed to help stabilize the vehicle.
  • The response is so quick that the instability may be corrected before the driver even knows it’s occurring.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Since an under-inflated tire impedes handling and can be a safety hazard, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses pressure sensors mounted in each wheel that send readings to a central electronic control unit. The system then evaluates whether the pressure is up to an acceptable range.

  • If a reading is approximately 25% below the recommended level, the RLX will alert the driver through the Multi-Information Display (MID) located on the instrument panel.
  • The under-inflated tire will be indicated, along with the individual pressure, for all four tires.
  • The pressure display can be accessed anytime using the MID controls on the steering wheel.
  • As useful as TPMS is, it is still recommended that you manually check your tires on a regular basis.

Performance

Powertrain

3.5-liter Engine
The RLX is powered by an all-new 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower V-6 engine that features Direct Gas Injection, Variable Cylinder Management™ and the Acura i-VTEC® system.
Intelligent Variable Timing and lift Control (i-VTEC) increases horsepower by advancing valve timing relative to engine rpm. High-rpm airflow is enhanced by opening intake valves longer and deeper at approximately 4500 rpm.

  • Variable Cylinder Management significantly improves highway fuel efficiency by automatically changing the V-6 engine to run on six, four or three cylinders, depending on driving conditions. The cylinder activation is seamless and not felt by driver or passengers.
  • Direct Gas Injection injects fuel directly into each cylinder with a multi-hole injector for a more precise and effective air fuel mixture. It also uses significantly less fuel when the engine is being started.
  • Fuel that is injected directly into the cylinder also has a cooling effect, which allows the power-increasing effects of a higher compression ratio without engine knocking.
  • The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system varies throttle sensitivity to provide the appropriate throttle response and feel to different driving conditions.
  • The net result is an engine that produces 310 horsepower at 6500 rpm, 272 lbs.-ft. of torque (SAE net) at 4500 rpm while getting an EPA Fuel Economy Rating of 20 / 31 / 24 mpg(city/highway/combined).

6-Speed Sequential SportShift Automatic
The 6-speed Sequential SportShift automatic with paddle shifters gives you the best of both worlds by providing the convenience of precise and intuitive automatic shifting as well as shift-for-yourself control.

  • Set the transmission to “Drive” for smooth gear changes with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. Select “Sport” for quicker acceleration, as the transmission allows the engine to rev higher before up-shifting.
  • The steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters deliver quick, precise shifts at your fingertips.
  • Tapping a paddle shifter while in “Drive” brings a quick gear change with automatic operation returning when reaching a steady speed. This allows you to make quick gear changes without changing in and out of manual mode.
  • Using a paddle shifter in “Sport” puts the transmission into full manual mode, where you’ll have complete control in instances such as high-performance or hilly driving.
  • For better climbing or increased downhill engine braking, Grade Logic Control instructs the transmission to hold a lower gear when encountering a steep uphill or downhill grade.

Handling

Suspension System
The remarkable handling performance of the RLX is a result of Acura’s newest double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions.

  • The front design incorporates a dual lower arm that creates a virtual kingpin at the center of the front wheel’s width to reduce torque steer.
  • Anti-dive properties keep the body stable during braking.
  • To maintain composure in hard cornering, the rear multi-link design features anti-squat geometry to reduce pitching under acceleration and also isolates springs and dampers from lateral forces.
  • All four corners are fitted with Acura’s exclusive Amplitude Reactive Dampers, which feature two piston valves per damper (a.k.a. shock absorber) rather than one. The main valve helps absorb minor road vibration, while the second one is stiffer, reigning in a larger suspension motion for improved stability.
  • Thick front and rear stabilizer bars control body roll for flatter cornering.
  • Agile Handling Assist uses the active braking components of the Variable Stability Assist system to help the driver maneuver through the desired line of a curve.

Precision All-Wheel Steer
Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of handling precision and control. It’s the first system that enables the rear wheels to adjust toe angles independently of each other. Working in concert with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and the Agile Handling Assist™ dynamic braking system, P-AWS helps enhance vehicle stability, maneuverability, and control.

  • The rear wheels can pivot as much as 1.8 degrees in the same direction as the front wheels for smooth, stable and quick lane changes.
  • When cornering, the rear wheels angle slightly in the opposite direction from the front wheels (reverse-phase) to help rotate the car into the turn.
  • At low speeds, reverse-phase steering helps the RLX maneuver in tight areas.
  • In high-speed braking, each rear wheel angles inward, increasing braking ability and stability.

Agile Handling Assist
The Agile Handling Assist system uses the components of the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)system to help improve handling. While VSA steps in to brake individual wheels to avoid oversteer or understeer, the Agile Handling Assist uses active braking, usually on an inside wheel to help the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line through a curve with smaller steering inputs.

2013 ACURA TL

Exterior

Lighting & Visibility

Rearview Camera
When “Reverse” is engaged on a TL with the Technology Package, the large 8-inch navigation screen will display a view of the space directly behind the vehicle below the driver’s normal field of vision.

  • A camera located discreetly above the rear license plate can provide clear visibility of many things directly behind the vehicle that are too low to be seen from the rear window.
  • The display is also extremely useful when parallel parking.
  • The side mirrors enhance rearward visibility by automatically tilting down when reverse is engaged to reveal any objects close to the side of the car.

Blind Spot Information System
The TL can be equipped with a blind spot information system that assists you when making lane changes.

  • If the system detects a vehicle in an adjacent lane in the TL’s “alert zone” (approximately from the rear half of the TL to half a car-length back), an indicator will appear on that side’s windshield pillar.
  • The pillar light will flash if the driver activates the turn signal in the direction where a vehicle has been detected.
  • In order to avoid disturbing the driver or passengers, no sounds are emitted by the system.
  • The indicators only light up when the TL is traveling above 6 mph, so they won’t come on when parking, at stop lights, or in stop-and-go traffic.

HID Headlights
All TL models are equipped with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights for the low beams.

  • Xenon lights cast a whiter and brighter light for improved clarity.
  • The HID lenses allow a more precise beam pattern that increases road visibility without blinding oncoming drivers.

Access

Key Remote Functions
The TL key remote was given a few extra convenience features beyond the usual door lock, trunk release and panic button functions.

  • On a hot day, the remote can lower the windows and open the sunroof to air out the TL before you enter.
  • The two primary drivers can each store in memory their driver’s seat and side mirror positions, radio presets, and climate preferences, which link to their key remotes. Their settings will be activated the moment the driver’s door is opened.
  • On models without the Technology Package, the key folds into the remote, making it more compact for carrying.
  • Models with the Technology Package feature the Keyless Start System with pushbutton ignition.

Interior

Seating

Front Seats
The beautiful leather surfaces of the TL’s front seats have you enveloped in comfort from the instant you slide in, through the duration of your journey.

  • Both front seats offer two levels of heating. With the Advance Package, the front seats can cool as well as heat by venting air through the perforations in the leather, allowing you to reach your desired comfort level more quickly.
  • The driver will easily find the perfect position with a 10-way power driver’s seat (8-way power positioning, plus power lumbar support).
  • The front passenger will bask in the luxury of an 8-way power front passenger seat.
  • The seats feature a combination of dense materials to filter out road vibration.
  • Soft, Perforated Milano Premium Leather seating surfaces are included with the Technology Package.
  • TL SH-AWD has high-performance seats with more aggressive side-bolstering.

Rear Seats
The TL has spacious rear accommodations for three adults with generous legroom, knee clearance, and shoulder room.

  • Rear passengers get their own adjustable climate control vents.
  • The wide, fold-down center armrest has a lockable pass-through space from the trunk to accommodate long cargo items.

Storage

Cargo Area
The wedge shape of the TL body allows for generous cargo capacity.

  • The TL SH-AWD trunk has a 12.5 cu.ft. capacity, and the front-drive TL trunk is slightly larger, at 13.1 cu.ft.
  • The trunk opening is low and wide for easy loading and unloading.
  • Minimal side intrusions and hinges that retreat into the lining allow for a large amount of usable storage space.
  • A pass-through space behind the rear seat armrest allows for the loading of items longer than the trunk’s depth.

Cabin Storage
The TL keeps everything you need close at hand, with 15 versatile storage areas.

  • The driver has at least seven storage spaces within easy reach.
  • The center storage slide-out tray is perfect for cell phones and other personal communication devices.
  • The center storage bin contains the USB and auxiliary input connections, as well as a power jack, and also includes a cord notch so that devices can be connected and accessed outside the bin.
  • Unique footwell cubbyholes for the driver and front passenger are perfect for maps and small containers.

Climate control

Automatic Climate Control
The TL dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system allows the driver and front passenger to create their own microclimates.

  • Set your desired temperature and airflow distribution however you like, and your front passenger can do the same.
  • When alone, the driver can easily switch off the dual setting and set the whole cabin to a single temperature.
  • Almost all climate control functions can be operated by voice commands.
  • An air filtration system helps keep particulates, dust, and pollen out of the cabin.

GPS-linked Temperature Control
On models equipped with the Technology Package, the automatic climate control system can further enhance occupants’ comfort level by tracking the sun’s position and intensity.

  • The GPS positioning technology monitors the sun’s location relative to the car’s position, while a sensor on the dash measures the sun’s intensity.
  • Knowing the sun’s position and strength enables the system to more effectively keep each side of the cabin at its designated temperature.
  • The system is completely automatic and requires no manual adjustments, regardless of outside conditions.

Performance

Engine

3.5-liter V-6 Engine
The 3.5-liter V-6 ensures that the front-wheel drive TL delivers on its aggressive appearance while providing a smooth, quiet ride.

  • The 3.5-liter, VTEC® V-6 engine produces 280 horsepower and 254 lbs.-ft. of torque.
  • EPA Fuel Economy Rating is 20 in the city, and 29 on the highway.27
  • Improved fuel efficiency is this year, thanks to reduced friction between pistons and cylinder walls and the ability to run on lower viscosity oil and transmission fluid.
  • Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) increases high-rpm horsepower through enhanced airflow by opening the intake valves deeper and longer when the engine speed reaches a designated rpm.
  • A high-flow exhaust system increases the engine’s power efficiency.
  • The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system adjusts throttle response so it can be easy to modulate in slow speeds, yet highly responsive when high performance is called upon.
  • All-aluminum construction, a hollow camshaft, and other weight-saving measures keep the engine lighter for better handling.

3.7-liter V-6 Engine
The TL features Acura’s largest engine, which offers a remarkable combination of power, efficiency and refinement.

  • The 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 dishes up 305 horsepower and 273 lbs.-ft. of torque.
  • EPA Fuel Economy Rating is 18 city, and 26 highway with the automatic tranmsission.
  • Improved fuel efficiency is this year, thanks to reduced friction between pistons and cylinder walls and the ability to run on lower viscosity oil and transmission fluid.
  • Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) increases high-rpm horsepower through enhanced airflow by opening the intake valves deeper and longer when the engine speed reaches a designated rpm.
  • A high-flow exhaust system increases the engine’s power efficiency.
  • The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system varies throttle sensitivity to provide the appropriate throttle response and feel to different driving conditions.
  • Lightweight magnesium-alloy cylinder head covers with hardened aluminum cylinder sleeves help improve vehicle balance and the power-to-weight ratio.
  • A forged crankshaft results in lower weight and increased strength.

Drivetrain

Sequential SportShift Automatic with Paddle Shifters
The 6-speed Sequential SportShift automatic with paddle shifters gives you the best of both worlds by providing the convenience of precise and intuitive automatic shifting as well as shift-for-yourself control.

  • Set the transmission to “Drive” for smooth gear changes with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. Select “Sport“ for quicker acceleration, as the transmission allows the engine to rev higher before up-shifting.
  • Tapping a paddle shifter while in “Drive” brings a quick gear change with automatic operation returning when reaching a steady speed. This allows you to make quick gear changes without changing in and out of manual mode.
  • Using a paddle shifter in “Sport” puts the transmission into full manual mode, where you’ll have complete control in instances such as high-performance or hilly driving.
  • For better climbing or increased downhill engine braking, Grade Logic Control instructs the transmission to hold a lower gear when encountering a steep uphill or downhill grade.

6-Speed Manual Transmission
For those who consider no sport sedan complete without a clutch pedal, the TL SH-AWD offers a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. The combination of a manual shift and Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) makes the TL SH-AWD a true driving enthusiast’s delight.

  • The shifter features even shorter throws than the TSX’s acclaimed linkage for quick, confident shifting.
  • The clutch has low-effort movement to reduce leg fatigue and short pedal movement for faster operation.
  • The hill start assist feature eases manual shift starts on inclines. Sensing an uphill grade, the system holds brake pressure momentarily to avoid rolling backwards as your foot moves from the brake pedal to the throttle.

Battery

Battery Management System
The TL has a Battery Management System that can help prevent the inconvenience of a dead or weak battery. The system initially warns you through the MID screen when it detects the battery getting weak and will shut down accessories if it detects the battery may soon be too weak to start the engine.

Safety & Security

Safety

Airbag System
The TL is equipped with a sophisticated six-airbag system, which includes two front and two front side, as well as two side curtain airbags with coverage for the front and rear outboard seats. Advanced sensors and inflator systems are designed so that the airbags deploy at the right time with the appropriate force.

  • The front airbags are equipped with two-stage, multiple-threshold inflators. One or both airbags will be deployed only in the event of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seat belt usage and/or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to supplement the seat belts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body injuries in frontal crashes.
  • Sensors in the front passenger seat determine if it is empty or if the passenger is too small for the passenger’s front airbag to deploy safely, and disengage the front passenger’s front airbag, if necessary.
  • The Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) uses sensors in the front passenger seatback to determine the height and position of the passenger. The system will deactivate the passenger’s front-side airbag if a child or small-statured adult is leaning into the airbag deployment path.
  • In a side impact, side curtain airbags deploy downward from just above the doorframes on the impacted side to help protect both front and outboard rear seat occupants.

Seat Belts & Active Front Head Restraints
All five seating positions in the TL have 3-point belts and head restraints. The front seats have load-limiting tensioners and active head restraints.

  • Tensioners react in the first milliseconds of an impact to automatically tighten the belts and help hold the individual in position against the seatback.
  • To help prevent the tensioners from causing undue pressure on the chest, load limiters slightly relieve belt tension, as needed, to help soften the force.
  • In a rear-end collision, when the front seat occupant’s body is pushed against the seatback, the pressure forces the head restraint upward and forward to reduce the gap between the occupant’s head and the head restraint.
  • Impact forces on the neck and spine are diminished, helping reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries.

Child Safety
The TL has several features addressing child safety, from sophisticated airbag sensors to anchors that secure child seats.

  • The Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) utilizes sensors in the front passenger’s seatback to detect if the occupant is a child or small-statured adult. If such an occupant is leaning into the side airbag’s deployment path, the side airbag will be deactivated until they resume a more upright position.
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) anchors, plus upper-tether anchors in the rear seat allow LATCH-compatible child seats to be installed in the outboard positions without the use of seat belts.
  • All windows and the moonroof have an auto-reverse feature that prevents them from closing if an obstacle is encountered.

Body Structure Design
Acura utilizes Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes.

  • The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.
  • This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to the other vehicles in a crash.

Security
Like every Acura model, the TL comes equipped with a security system. In the event of a break-in, the following events will occur:

  • The ignition will be disabled.
  • The horn will sound.
  • The lights will flash.