Acura, Acura TL
Honda Owners Forum
The Acura TL is a
true sports sedan, albeit with front-wheel drive. The TL delivers
sharp-handling, a powerful V6 engine, a fully independent suspension,
and the latest active safety electronics to optimize driving dynamics.
New For 2005:
The best-selling Acura model received no changes of note for 2005.
Redesigned in 2004, the third-generation TL is muscular, edgy, and
modern. Every feature exudes both performance and luxury, making
the TL arguably more attractive than the much costlier RL. A
descendant of the infamous Acura Vigor, the 2005 TL boasts a smooth
270-hp V6, 17-inch wheels, front side airbags, and
heated seats, all stock. With a choice between 5-speed automatic
transmission or 6-speed manual, the TL caters to the luxury sports car
enthusiast in us all. Acura also offers the optional A-Spec
package, which adds 18-inch wheels, a lowered
suspension, a rear spoiler, and an aero kit.
Consumer Reports' Short Take:
Acura's TL, based on the Honda Accord, is the highest-scoring car
we've tested in the upscale-sedan category. The TL is among the few
models in this class that provide a near-ideal blend of comfort,
convenience, and sportiness--all at a reasonable price. It delivers
taut, agile handling, though ultimately it's not as nimble as a BMW
3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. The car is very quick yet attains
commendable fuel economy. The TL has a firm but comfortable and
quiet ride. Interior quality is impressive.