Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

4. Sporty handling comes at a price.

The TL handles better than expected for a front-wheel drive based mid-size luxury car thanks to the SH-AWD and well calibrated suspension set-up. But to achieve this level of spottiness, ride comfort has paid the ultimate price. The suspension is far too stiff for this segment as every bump is not just felt, but presented to the passengers in vivid detail. The TL is a sports sedan; not a sports car and it should drive like it.

It shows how far things have come in this class when it comes to chassis designs as most of the TL’s competitors can match it in handling, but offer a suppler ride thanks to things like adaptive dampers and adjustable shocks. We expect the next generation TL should address this issue.


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