Acura hasn't done a whole lot with its aging TL line in recent years, the sedan only getting a very mild refresh for the 2012 model year. And while we don't see that changing anytime soon (as we reported earlier, the car is likely going to be replaced with a new TLX sedan that will serve as the replacement for both it and the smaller TSX), Acura is offering this new 2013 Special Edition TL, priced from $37,405 *plus $895 in destination fees.

The new TL SE slots in just above the base model and below the TL with Technology Package in terms of pricing, but offers a bit more in the way of added content. Special Edition features include unique 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a body-colored decklid spoiler and the appropriate SE badging. Keyless entry with pushbutton start is also standard on the Special Edition model, and the whole package is available in four exterior colors – Bellanova White, Crystal Black, Graphite Luster and Silver Moon – all with a dark leather interior.

Acura will offer the Special Edition with the TL's base engine, a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Special Edition is on sale now, and you can peruse all the other official details in Acura's press blast below.
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New Acura TL Special Edition Debuts with Key Feature Upgrades

Slotted between the TL and TL with Technology Package, the TL Special Edition offers popular added features at a tremendous value

06/07/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif.

The new 2013 Acura TL Special Edition is now on sale with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $37,405. Joining the TL line as a mid-2013 model, the TL Special Edition offers a step up from the standard TL, with the addition of highly desirable feature upgrades, creating an incredible value in the luxury four-door sedan segment.

The front-wheel-drive TL Special Edition features distinctive 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a color-matched deck lid spoiler and trunk-mounted Special Edition badging. Standard keyless access with pushbutton start adds convenience and ease of use. The TL Special Edition is available in four exterior colors: Bellanova White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Graphite Luster Metallic and Silver Moon Metallic. All exterior colors are matched with a leather-appointed Ebony interior with contrast stitching.

KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM

The TL Special Edition's standard Keyless Access System lets the driver enter and drive the car without having to handle a key or fob. The Keyless Access Remote has a unique digital identity that is automatically communicated to the car; the driver simply pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his/her possession and the door unlocks and opens. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the TL Special Edition's rear spoiler.

The system identifies which of the two supplied fobs is in use each time the driver's door is opened (even if it is already unlocked), and then automatically sets the driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control and audio system (including audio system presets) to a profile preset by the driver using that fob.

Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Keyless Access System allows the TL to be started with a push of the Engine Start/Stop button positioned on the instrument panel. When leaving the car, a press of the soft-touch button on the outside of the door handle locks all doors. Alternatively, a press of the Lock button on the Keyless Access Remote will also simultaneously lock all doors. The Keyless Access System will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior or the trunk of the TL.

POWERTRAIN

The front-wheel drive TL Special Edition features an all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-6 with single overhead camshaft cylinder heads and 24 valves, with the intake valves actuated by Acura's VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control®) system. This compact and efficient engine produces 280 horsepower and 254 lbs-ft of torque (SAE net). A Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission operated by a straight-gate style console-mounted shifter is standard. For more spirited driving, a racing-inspired steering wheel paddle shifter system is standard and works when the transmission is in "Drive" or "Sport."

INTERIOR

The 2013 TL Special Edition's interior exemplifies Acura's driver-oriented sport-sedan thinking, matched with outstanding luxury. Sweeping shapes and high-quality materials blend a luxury aesthetic with a feeling of advanced technology. A 10-way adjustable power driver's seat and an 8-way adjustable power front passenger's seat are standard. A power moonroof, 276-watt audio system with eight speakers, and dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with automatic humidity control are also standard. The 2013 TL Special Edition comes well-equipped with standard technology features including a Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface, USB port connectivity, and a high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) on the center cluster.

SAFETY

Standard safety equipment on all Acura models includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

The TL recently earned the top-level rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the IIHS' new small overlap frontal barrier crash test. The new IIHS small overlap frontal barrier crash test is designed to simulate a collision between a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour and a fixed object, such as a utility pole, where only 25-percent of the vehicle's front structure is engaged by the opposing object. According to a 2009 study by the IIHS, such small overlap crashes accounted for nearly 25-percent of frontal crashes resulting in a serious injury or fatality.

The 2013 TL SE is produced using domestically and globally sourced parts at Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in Marysville , Ohio, recipient of the J.D. Power and Associates' Silver Plant Quality Award in its 2012 Initial Quality Study.


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      Twittavelli
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dare I say, you'd have to be a pompous prick to take this over a fully loaded optima. Looks better, bigger trunk, better gas mileage. Takes regular gas. Better warranty, what are these people smoking. It's a new world. These gimmicks along with brand cache are not enough anymore. Where's the money shot?
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      Acura sucks
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        Actually you suck. Anything else?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
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        The Friendly Grizzly
        @tool0117
        tool0117: "Acura sucks." Because....? I freely admit that Acura is not on my list of cars to buy, but still, Acura sucks because...? If it sucks, it does so for a reason. Or does it suck because your preference is for a different make?
      Koushiro Izumi
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't matter anymore. Acura is pretty much Japan's Lincoln these days. A Buick Regal is more appealing than this.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      A buddy of mine switched from 2007 Audi A4 S-Line package to the 2011 Acura TL, and he is so disappointed by it. The only thing this thing does well is go smoothly down the highway, but any other car with decent NVH minimization does the same thing just as good. It's an overpriced Honda Accord.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
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        Toronto St. Pats
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        It really shows how good Accords have gotten and how behind Acura has fallen.
        Mondrell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        Here's a tip to pass on to your buddy: actually test drive his cars of interest. There's no reason he shouldn't been able to make the determination that the TL wasn't the car for him before signing on the dotted line. I own a second generation Acura CL-S, and still like the brand. However, thirty minutes inside of a base MCE third generation TL, a base second generation TSX, and a pre-MCE fourth generation TL told me that I wasn't interested in owning any of them long-term. All rode better than the CL, but that isolation extended too much into other controls, which I didn't like. It was hardly a surprise, though; all were deliberately geared toward the comfort end of the spectrum, where the bulk of the public shops. That said, I'd expect someone coming out of an S-line Audi to feel much the same unless he was actually looking for more road isolation.
        adam1keith1980
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        From an Audi to an Acura? What a downgrade.
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      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how this car performs in neutral. Because that's what Acura as a brand has been in for the past 10 years. They sell more SUV's than cars. The MDX is the only profitable car. The TL used to be. The TSX used to be. No more.
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        TooManyCars
        • 1 Year Ago
        I am not a big fan of Caddies. But at least GM/Caddy is doing something that Acura hasn't been doing for the past 6 years. Putting cars out there try to be competitive with true luxury/performance brand.s. Caddies fielding an ATS, ATS-V, CTS, CTS-V... While I am not a big fan of those exterior looks, you cannot deny GM's result in luxury and performance... Where is Honda/Acura? Still churning out a dinosaur 3.5 V6 or 3.7 V6 NA that frankly doesn't necessary get that much better gas mileage than several of the near FI 6 banger or V8's that other luxo brands are churning out... The TL-SH AWD 3.7 puts out a pathetic 17/25mpg on V6... A 550ix with a 4.4twin turbo v8 gets 16/24..... (a 535 is 21/30)... The 3.7 is pathetic.
      TooManyCars
      • 1 Year Ago
      One word...Butt ugly (literally and figuratively).... The previous TL was beautiful.
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Might as well get an Accord V6?
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vinuuz
        I don't think the Accord is as luxurious but I may be wrong. And I really the looks of this car, especially the SH in black, looks really mean.
          Vinuuz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          The TL base and SE are not much more luxurious than the Accord top trim and performance ain't anything to write home about either in comparison. Of course, if you are talking about the SHAWD - that is a definite performance improvement. Unless you are only looking at badge (that too Acura!), I would take the Accord V6 anyday against this special edition.
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vinuuz
        The new Accord is quite good. Handles superbly. I have to admit, I'd get that over an Acura. Although the ILX was fun with the 200hp 6-speed.
      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Recently I have been thinking about all these car companies that let us down like Honda and I realized...it's just like TV programming. I scratch my head and wonder "Who is watching the Kardashians, Honey Boo boo, the 55 different fake talent competition shows?" And even though I am not, apparently millions of idiots are completely content doing so. So it's the same with Honda these days..yes, we who know and love cars are completely disappointed by the trajectory they have taken in recent years but there are millions and millins of idiots who eat this crap up. I used to get mad when japanese manufacturers would keep all their best stuff at home and not export it here but guess what...they we're right!
      Macvicar24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cadillac ATS 2.0T with CUE and sunroof is same price. Much nicer car and RWD. Not this FWD crap!
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        @Macvicar24
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          Toronto St. Pats
          • 1 Year Ago
          "When's the last time you used Acura and BMW in the same sentence without a giant laugh at the end?" When I was driving away in my reliable Acura while leaving behind a buddy with his broken down BMW. Oh wait...I did have a giant laugh..my bad.
          KyleR
          • 1 Year Ago
          That "4 Cylinder Cadillac" is a RWD car with 272hp at the tap and is capable of giving a BMW a run for its money. When's the last time you used Acura and BMW in the same sentence without a giant laugh at the end?
          ClementZ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @KyleR - That's not the point aaron was trying to make. The ATS is much smaller than the TL. It's like comparing a 1 series to a Honda Accord. Similar prices, IIRC. Yes, the 1 series will drive much better, and if you're driving alone, you would probably go for the 1 series. But then again, if you were driving alone, you likely wouldn't even consider an Accord, because the Accord is much too big. Similarily here. The ATS drives better, yes. But it's also much smaller. People who will be carrying more than 2 other people regularily will likely consider the TL over the ATS, despite inferior driving characteristics.
          brucec039
          • 1 Year Ago
          If one doesn't carry passengers in the back seat, why would one want the inferior dynamically, rwd, aging car over the (ever rare) great steering and handling of the ATS? From the drivers seat it's hard to tell the difference unless you're fat.
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        ClementZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Macvicar24
        The ATS also has the interior space similar to that of a Civic, if not a bit larger. In other words, much smaller than the inside of this. The RWD ATS will probably handle and drive better than the FWD TL (not sure how it would compare to the SH-AWD TL), but you'd be sacrificing interior space to get that better driving feel.
      TooManyCars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does the extra $1500 come with the "Powered by Honda" and V-TEC stickers?
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      cjh6793
      • 1 Year Ago
      5% or less uptake rate on the AWD model? That's an ignorantly blind estimation. Also, reliability, long-term true cost to own, etc, will trump the initial lease figures of a 335i. Show me the figures for similarly equipped models. Do the math.
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