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1999 Acura TL
Base Retail Price: $27,950


New for 1999: The Acura TL has been completely redesigned for the 1999 model year. Larger than its predecessor, the latest TL features new styling, a more powerful V6 engine, and it now shares a platform with the Honda Accord.

History: The introduction of the Acura TL in 1996 saw not only a new car, but also the beginning of a fresh marketing approach. The TL was the first Acura to adopt the alphanumeric model designation system that will eventually spread to the entire Acura line. The company says this naming style puts more emphasis on the Acura brand. The TL replaced the Vigor, Acura's entry in the near-luxury segment. The 2.5TL was first on the market, retaining the Vigor's unique in-line five-cylinder power plant. Later, the model was joined by the V6-powered 3.2TL. The TL occupies the middle of Acura's sedan lineup.

Trim Details: The 1999 Acura TL is available in a single trim: the 3.2TL. Safety features include dual airbags, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control and child safety locks. Powering the TL is a new 3.2-liter VTEC V6 engine that produces 225 horsepower. The list of standard equipment is quite long, and includes automatic climate control, leather and wood trim, heated power front seats, keyless entry, a theft-deterrent system, and a Bose stereo system with cassette and CD players. The only factory option available on the TL is the Acura Navigation System. This system provides driving directions and maps for all freeway networks and major metropolitan areas in the U.S.