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2007 Acura TL

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Base MSRP: $33,625
Model Code: UA6627JW
Transmission: Automatic
Doors: 4 Door
Max Power: 258hp

Available Options

Paint
Standard Paint – $0
Black paint [J002] Standard Paint
Standard Paint – $0
Pearl paint [J004] Standard Paint

Standard Features

Exterior
Bumpers
Body color front and rear bumpers
Paint
Pearl paint

Interior
Convenience
12v power outlet: front and 2
Remote control remote trunk/hatch release
Remote fuel filler door release
Memorized adjustment with two settings on door mirror position with four driver’s seat positions
Cruise control
Delayed/fade courtesy lights
Front and rear reading lights
Illuminated entry system
Cargo area light
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Garage door opener
Coming home device
Voice activating system includes phone
Interior Trim
Luxury trim alloy & leather on gearknob, carbon fiber look on doors and carbon fiber look on dashboard
Floor covering: carpet in load area
Floor mats
Seats
Leather seat upholstery with additional vinyl
Front seat center armrest
Rear seat center armrest with trunk access
Bucket heated electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, five adjustments and tilt adjustment , bucket heated electrically adjustable passenger seat with two adjustments
Three fixed bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments
Storage
Lockable glove compartment
Door pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seats
Front seat back storage
Front seats cup holders fixed , rear seats cup holders pop out
Full dashboard console with covered storage box , full floor console with covered storage box , partial overhead console
Ventilation
Ventilation system with recirculation setting and micro filter
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls
Air conditioning with climate control and rear outlet 2

Electronics
Audio
Eight speaker(s)
Element antenna
Manufacturer’s own audio system with satellite, cassette, Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer CD player reads MP3
Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
Audio anti-theft protection: separate display, code and integrated in dash
Instrumentation
Dashboard
Service interval indicator
Automatic drive indicator on dashboard
Tachometer
Oil pressure warning light
External temperature
Door ajar warning
Low fuel level warning
Low washer fluid level warning
Clock
Computer with average speed, average fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel
Compass
Low tire pressure indicator
Lights
Projector beam lens Bi-Xenon headlights
Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor
Front fog lights
Day time running lights
Door entry light

Safety
Visibility
Automatic operation rear view mirror
Driver and passenger power heated body color door mirrors with automatic indicator lights
Fixed rear window with defogger
Tinted glass on cabin
Heat reflective glass
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe
Front power windows with two one-touch , rear power windows
Safety
Front and rear roof airbag
Driver and passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multi-stage deployment
Front side airbag with occupant sensors
Two height adjustable head restraints on front seats and rear seats
Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side

Warranty and Fixed Charges
Charges
Fixed delivery charges: 670
Warranty
Full car warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): 50,000
Powertrain warranty: duration (months): 72 or distance (miles): 70,000
Anticorrosion warranty: duration (months): 60 or distance (miles): unlimited
Road-side assistance warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): 50,000

Technical Specifications

Version
Trim level:
Four-door sedan body style GMP
Seating: five seats

Engine
3,210 cc 3.2 liters V 6 front engine with 89 mm bore, 86 mm stroke, 11 compression ratio, overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder J32A3
Emission control level ULEV

Engine Performance
Power: 192 kW , 258 HP SAE @ 6,200 rpm; 233 ft lb , 316 Nm @ 5,000 rpm
Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 29 and EPA city (mpg): 20

Transmission
Front-wheel drive
Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management
Automatic five-speed transmission with mode select, lock-up, electronic control, manual mode, shift lever on floor, 2.697:1 first gear ratio, 1.606:1 second gear ratio, 1.071:1 third gear ratio, 0.693:1 fourth gear ratio, 0.49:1 fifth gear ratio and 1.88:1 reverse gear ratio automatic with manual mode
Stability control

Wheels
Front and rear all seasons tires with 235 mm tire width, 45% tire profile and W tire rating official brochure tyre size
Front and rear alloy wheels with 17 inch rim diam and 8 inch rim width
Spacesaver steel rim internal spare wheel

Brakes
Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
Four-wheel ABS
Electronic brake distribution
Brake assist system

Steering
Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
Vehicle speed proportional power steering

Fuel
Multi-point injection fuel system
Premium unleaded fuel 91
17.1 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank

Weights
Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,623

Dimensions
External dimensions: overall length (inches): 189.3, overall width (inches): 72.2, overall height (inches): 56.7, wheelbase (inches): 107.9, front track (inches): 62.1, rear track (inches): 62 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 39.7
Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 38.7, rear headroom (inches): 37.2, front hip room (inches): 55.6, rear hip room (inches): 53.8, front leg room (inches): 42.8, rear leg room (inches): 34.9, front shoulder room (inches): 58.3, rear shoulder room (inches): 55.7 and interior volume (cu ft): 97.9
Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 12.5

Introduction
With the introduction of the distinctively styled, well-detailed third-generation TL back in 2004, Acura finally established its place in the midsize luxury market. Sharing much of its engineering with the Honda Accord (and built alongside it at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio assembly plant), the TL is an exquisitely competent front driver that comes carrying just about the most comprehensive list of standard equipment in its class. It’s always been a solid performer, and for 2007 it gets better with the reintroduction of the performance-oriented Type-S. With a 286-hp, 3.5-liter version of Acura’s SOHC 24-valve VTEC V6 thumping away under its hood, an all-independent suspension tuned to match, big Brembo disc brakes and a uniquely aggressive appearance, the Type-S instantly becomes the Acura TL to lust after. It’s also now the only way to get a TL if you want the six-speed manual transmission and its accompanying limited-slip differential or paddle shifters to go with the available five-speed automatic. Still, the regular old TL is a wonderful environment in which to survive a daily commute The front seats are among the very best in any car, the stereo is so
good it alone is almost enough to justify buying the car, all the switches and controls operate with precision, the engine operates with utter serenity but still manages to have an engaging character, the suspension is well-controlled without being brutal and there’s enough room in the trunk to hold the lighting section of a good-size Home Depot. The 2007 Acura TL is not a car without limitations, but for many buyers they’re the sort of limitations that don’t really matter.

Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options
The 2007 Acura TL is a midsize entry-level luxury sport sedan. There are two trim levels: base TL and Type-S. The base TL comes well equipped with a moonroof, heated side-view mirrors, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, power and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, HomeLink and full power accessories. The astounding ELS Surround Premium eight-speaker sound system with DVD audio capability is also standard. The sole option is Acura’s satellite-based navigation system that integrates both a rearview camera and voice-recognition ability with the “AcuraLink” real-time traffic-reporting system. The TL Type-S receives a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, performance tires and more powerful brakes. The navigation system is standard, the interior is trimmed with aluminum and fake carbon fiber instead of fake wood, special sport seats promise more lateral support, the LED instrumentation glows red and blue and the pedals are finished in aluminum. On the outside the front fascia has a deeper front airdam, the side skirts are more pronounced, there’s a deck lid spoiler, the taillights glow with LED brilliance, there are four exhaust outlets and the special 17-inch wheels, front grille and other trim all feature a dark matte finish.

Powertrains and Performance
Base TL sedans have a 258-hp 3.2-liter V6 under their hood, lashed to a five-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual shifting that drives the front wheels. The TL Type-S has a 286-hp 3.5-liter version of the same V6 hooked to either a six-speed manual transaxle and limited-slip differential or the five-speed automatic with paddle shifters for manual operation.

Safety
The driver side and passenger dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags are supplemented by side airbags for the driver side and front passenger and side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers. A Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) program helps keep the car upright while antilock and electronic brakeforce distribution systems ensure the four discs aboard stop the car. The 2007 Acura TL gets the top five-star rating from NHTSA for frontal impact and side impact safety. The IIHS rated the TL “Good” (the best rating possible) for protection in frontal-offset crashes and gave it a “Best Pick” designation after its front-offset crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features
Among its peers, the TL luxury sport sedan has one of the best interiors with an elegant design, excellent material quality and nicely shaped seats. The cockpit has a stylish two-tone color scheme, aluminum inlays and an attractive set of bright blue electroluminescent gauges. There’s plenty of room for a pair of adults to ride in back, and the trunk holds 12.5 cubic feet of cargo.

Driving Impressions
Both the TL and TL Type-S receive suspension revisions for 2007. Collectively, the effect is a crisper and more controlled car without the harshness usually associated with sport tuning. We’ve driven all its competitors and the TL is definitely the smoothest operator on all types of pavement. The Type-S is just slightly edgier but still within the acceptable range. However, dedicated driving enthusiasts will likely be a little disappointed with the front-drive layout, as it prevents the car from being as fun to drive as other sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G35.

What’s New
After a three-year absence, the performance-oriented “Type-S” trim level returns. It features a 286-horsepower, 3.5-liter version of Acura’s SOHC 32-valve VTEC-equipped V6, a sport-tuned suspension and Brembo high-performance front and rear disc brakes. The Type-S also gets a unique front fascia, quad tailpipes, specific 17-inch wheels and paddle shifters for the five-speed automatic transmission when that option is ordered. The regular TL continues forward with freshened exterior styling and a revised center stack and instrument panel. However the six-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes are now restricted solely to the Type-S model.

Pro
Roomy and well-appointed interior, excellent handling for a relatively large front-drive sedan, sweet-natured V6 engines matched to outstanding transmissions, fantastic sound system, top crash-test scores.

Overview
The market for near-luxury cars has changed dramatically in the last several years, and the Acura TL shows us the way in which personalized performance has become more important than restrained luxury.

The front-wheel-drive Acura TL combines dramatic style, a powerful V6 engine, a responsive chassis. Just as important, the TL offers an extensive complement of the latest electronic features, making the driving experience more entertaining and more enjoyable as well as faster and safer. Since its introduction in 2004, the current-generation TL has led Acura toward a bolder, more aggressive identity.

For 2007, the Acura TL receives a useful makeover that features styling changes and upgraded mechanical details, plus more electronic features. Most important, there are now two models, the standard TL and the performance-oriented TL Type-S.

As before, the standard TL features a 258-hp 3.2-liter V6 engine. For 2007, it has been re-tuned to deliver a relaxing balance of comfort, driving enjoyment and practical luxury. Meanwhile, the TL Type-S has a 286-hp 3.5-liter V6, and it’s a hard-edged sports sedan, with unique styling and an aggressive personality more in keeping with the TL’s original mission statement.

As popular-priced sedans have become quieter, more comfortable, and more spacious, premium near-luxury sedans have changed their focus, and they now emphasize style and driving enjoyment. The Acura TL’s evolution over the last decade into a sports sedan reflects this trend. But in keeping with its Honda-bred heritage, the Acura TL is also about being modern and efficient. As a consequence, the lightweight, front-wheel-drive TL is refreshingly different from the heavy, rear-wheel-drive sedans found elsewhere in the near-luxury category.

Model Lineup

The Acura TL is a mid-size, front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan powered by a V6 engine. Two models are available, the TL ($33,624) and the TL Type-S ($38,125), distinguished by engine performance, suspension tuning, and convenience features.

The TL comes with a 258 hp 3.2-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission that has a manual-shifting feature with a console-mounted lever. The TL Type-S features a 286-hp 3.5-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic that has shift paddles on the steering wheel. The S-type R is available with a six-speed manual transmission, and it’s matched with a limited-slip differential for improved traction.

Leather upholstery comes as standard equipment on both the TL and the TL Type-S, along with an eight-way, power-adjustable seat for the driver, a four-way power-adjustable seat for the front-seat passenger, dual-zone air-conditioning, power door locks, and a power moonroof are also standard, a 225-watt, eight-speaker sound system with a six-disc CD, DVD-Audio with Acura’s own ELS 5.1 surround sound, cassette tape player, and XM satellite-ready AM/FM radio. Additional audio features for 2007 include WMA- and MP3-compatible playback, Dolby Pro Logic II, and automatic, speed-sensitive volume control. In addition, a hands-free, wireless, cellular telephone system employing Bluetooth technology is built right into the TL.

A navigation system comes standard on the Type-S and is optional on the TL ($2500). The navigation system is bundled with 3D Solar S
ensing Climate Control, a unique feature of the ventilation system that correlates the position of the sun with the car’s direction of travel in order to automatically balance temperature control on either side of the car. High-performance summer tires are optional ($200).

Safety features include dual front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags (for torso protection), and curtain-type head-protection airbags. Sophisticated electronic sensors help modulate airbag deployment depending on the weight and position of the front-seat passengers. Active safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, and electronic brake-force distribution. A monitoring system for tire pressure is also standard.

Walkaround
The Acura TL has a dramatic creased-and-folded look, almost as if it had been extruded from some amazing high-tech machine. Designed in the U.S., it has nothing in common with the soporific, soap-like shapes that you might remember from Japanese-brand near-luxury cars of the past. It’s signature is a beveled front fascia matched with a wide, impressive stance, and there’s an attention-grabbing gutter at the beltline. For all this visual aggression, the TL’s bodywork has a surprisingly sleek coefficient of aerodynamic drag at 0.29 Cd.

For 2007, Acura has made the TL slightly more formal than before with a larger grille, a new-style cluster for the high-intensity- discharge headlights, and a new front fascia element that now incorporates the foglights. There’s also more chrome trim. New mirrors incorporate turn-signal lights.

The 2007 TL Type-S, meanwhile, looks more aggressive thanks to a unique front fascia, additional bits of aerodynamic trim, four exhaust tips peaking out from the rear bumper, and trim in black chrome.

Overall dimensions lie between the rear-wheel-drive Infiniti G35 and the all-wheel-drive Audi A6. Although it has a wheelbase that’s a couple inches shorter than either, the TL offers 97.9 cubic feet of interior passenger volume. It has much the same measurements in front-seat leg- and head- and shoulder-room as its competition from Infiniti and Audi, yet the TL offers more legroom in the back seats.

The TL’s 60-degree V6 engines are truly works of art. As you’d expect from Honda-derived engineering, they have a surprising number of features to maximize both power and efficiency. A relatively tall 11:1 compression ratio helps deliver crisp throttle response, while forged connecting rods and a forged crankshaft add strength and durability. The SOHC cylinder head has four valves for each cylinder, and variable valve timing improves torque at low rpm without compromising horsepower at peak rpm. A drive-by-wire throttle control helps deliver both excellent throttle response and good fuel efficiency.

In keeping with its aspirations as a sports sedan, the TL has a sophisticated suspension layout. Unlike most front-wheel-drive cars, its independent front suspension uses wishbone-style, upper- and lower control arms with coil-over gas-charged dampers, furnishing for optimum geometry for wheel control and heightened sensitivity to bumps. The five-link independent rear suspension has special geometry to improve stability under braking, a worthwhile measure in a nose-heavy, front-wheel-drive car like this one.

The standard TL has large, 300-mm front disc brakes with single-piston calipers, while the type-S gets additional stopping power from 310-mm front discs with Brembo-built four-piston calipers. In addition, the S-Type also has special steering hardware to improve on-center feel, increase steering effort at high speed, and damp bumpy road inputs.

Bridgestone 235/45R-17 all-season tries are specified for the standard TL. When the TL is ordered with the optional navigation system upgraded Michelin tires are specified. These Michelin tires are also standard equipment for the TL S-type, while high-performance 235/45R-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-030 tires are available.

Acura also continues to offer its high-performance A-Spec suspension kit for the TL, which maximizes road performance with special dampers and springs that lower the ride height an inch, big 18-inch wheels with 235/40ZR-18 Yokohama AVS ES100 tires, high-performance brake pads, and a kit of aerodynamic trim pieces.

Interior Features

In keeping with Acura’s heritage of functional Japanese efficiency, the TL’s interior emphasizes practicality and useful features rather than sumptuous luxury. At the same time, a sure sense of graceful design and the use of impeccable materials make the TL’s cabin appealing.

The TL’s interior has a clean, spare look, and its open, uncluttered feel makes this a relaxing place to spend your travel time. Leather upholstery is standard, and it meets a high standard of quality, though it’s a little firm and cold. The interior of the standard TL mixes leather, aluminum brightwork and wood trim in an effectively sophisticated presentation, while the TL S-type incorporates carbon fiber in place of wood.

Acura puts a lot of emphasis on human-factor engineering, and the TL’s interior has a special goodness as a result. The driving position gives you a commanding view, with the extraordinary panoramic visibility that is the hallmark of Honda engineering. The thick rim of the tilt/telescope-adjustable steering wheel fills your hand, while the switch gear is easy to find and simple to understand. Anyone can take the driving position in the TL and feel immediately at home.

An eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, as is a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The configuration of the front seats is inspired by the best high-performance designs, with supportive hip bolsters and an elaborately shaped seat back that supports your back and shoulders without being constrictive, plus new high-damping foam cushions. The rear seat is comfortable, although it’s clear that Acura has provided a fairly short seat squab as a means of getting a lengthy measurement of legroom.

The instrument binnacle is protected from glare by a pronounced hood over three instrument pods, and the back-lit LED read-outs against new spun-metal faces are easy to see. The instruments of the standard TL use blue ambient lighting, while those of the S-Type feature red light.

Aside from instrument lighting, the S-Type’s interior is detailed with lots of high-performance cues. These include carbon-fiber appearance rim, more prominent and supportive seat bolsters, stainless-steel pedal covers, and color-contrast stitching for the leather upholstery of the steering wheel, seats, and door panels.

The Acura TL’s sophisticated ergonomics enable you to take advantage of its equally sophisticated electronic convenience features without confusion. The center stack between the two front seats uses switches, knobs and electronic buttons for the ventilation, audio and navigations systems in a way that prevents a nightmare of electronic confusion.

Topmost in the center stack is the LCD screen that displays the climate control and audio settings as well as the optional navigation system. With the navigation system comes a line of PDA-like buttons and a central, cursor-style controller arrayed beneath the screen. Bracketing the screen are perpendicular rows of large, finger-friendly buttons for setting climate preferences for the dual-zone air-conditioning system. It’s also simple to adjust the interior temperature or change the force of the ventilation fan because the climate control can be operated by physical buttons instead of just the touch-screen inputs.

Acura continues to offer the most user-friendly on-board navigation system that we’ve ever experienced. It’s easy to program and it gives clear and accurate descriptions both visibly and audibly. The large LCD display uses attractive, easy-to-understand graphics, and the combination of context-sensitive screen menus and external hard buttons simplifies operation. Still, you have to call up a screen menu to change radio stations. The v
oice-recognition system can recognize nearly 300 verbal commands, including adjustments to the audio and climate controls, and the DVD-based navigation system offers a selection of more than 7 million points of interest across the country. The navigation system supports Acura’s real-time traffic reporting feature, which provides the latest traffic reports from 44 cities across the nation. This system works exceptionally well, highlighting jammed roads in red, fast traffic in green.

The audio system that comes standard includes everything you want in a premium setup, including a 225-watt amplifier, eight speakers, a six-disc CD changer, a cassette tape player, iPod capability and an AM/FM tuner that is set up to receive XM satellite radio. Most important is the system’s DVD-audio capability integrated with ELS 5.1 surround sound. DVD audio incorporates more than 500 times more audio information than a standard CD, and effectively delivers six-channel sound instead of conventional two-channel audio. We found the sound to be breathtakingly rich, not just loud. Acura has also specially engineered the TL with thicker glass and substantial acoustic insulation to help you get a home-quality audio experience in an automotive environment.

Bluetooth technology is built right into the TL. In fact, the Acura TL was the first car to incorporate a telephone with Bluetooth-enabled, cell-phone compatibility. The system offers a hands-free, wireless telephone interface to reduce distraction. Acura has long been the leading automotive innovator with Bluetooth. For 2007, it can integrate the user’s mobile phone book, which provides an alternate to the voice recognition system.

Interior storage is abundant. There are slim storage slots integrated into the back of the front seats as well as map pockets mounted in the front doors, although don’t hold as much as you’d expect. The center console is a deep, bi-level affair, with a power point in the lower level and a notch in the upper tray to accommodate a cell phone cord.

Trunk space is just 12.5 cubic feet, and the opening is somewhat small, further limiting the size of parcels it will accept.

Driving Impressions

The Acura TL is clearly a car for people who like to drive. Its confident, alert composure on the road not only makes driving enjoyable but also makes you a better driver. Compared to most of its rivals, the TL feels lightweight and responsive. The TL’s front-wheel-drive configuration provides a dimension of all-weather capability, while effective engineering has made it compatible with a commanding level of horsepower.

It’s no surprise that the V6 engine dominates the TL’s personality. It has a sharp, mechanical edge to its performance, and it accelerates quickly to its 6250 rpm power peak, more like a small engine than a large one. At the same time, this V6 has enough power at moderate rpm to deliver soothing performance at modest speed. This combination of power on the open road and flexibility in urban traffic is a hallmark of Acura’s way of doing things.

The TL comes with a 24-valve, SOHC, 3.2-liter V6, rated at 258 hp at 6200 rpm. A number of key features enhance this engine’s all-around performance, and it has a broad torque curve that peaks at 233 pound-feet @ 5000 rpm.

An all-new five-speed automatic transmission for the 2007 TL is derived from that in the RL sedan, and it has a manual-shifting feature with a console-mounted lever. When this transmission is matched with the Type-S, shift paddles are mounted on the steering wheel. The S-type R is also available with a six-speed manual transmission, and it’s matched with a limited-slip differential for improved traction.

The addition of the high-performance TL Type-S to the model line has enabled Acura to relax the standard model’s chassis calibration significantly with notably softer springs, dampers and suspension bushings.

The standard Acura TL is now more comfortable and easy-going. The five-speed automatic offers a sequential, manual-shift mode for high-performance driving, but it’s likely that most drivers will leave it in Drive and forget about the rest. (That’s what we do most of the time.) Meanwhile, the standard 235/45WR17 all-season tires furnish a reassuring amount of cornering grip, yet also improve ride quality, as this car tends to transmit a bit more road noise to the interior than we’d prefer.

The new TL Type-S incorporates the 24-valve, SOHC, 3.5-liter V6 already familiar to us in the luxury-oriented Acura RL sedan. Special tuning helps this V6 deliver 286 hp, and it also has special features to improve its torque output to 257 pound-feet @ 5000 rpm.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine of the TL Type-S has only 11 percent more horsepower and 10 percent more torque than the 3.2-liter V6 of the standard TL, so it’s no surprise that personality of the two engines is virtually identical. The Type-S fun factor comes from a capable suspension calibration, with significantly less roll and far firmer damping than before, plus dramatically quicker steering response. The short-stroke brake pedal allows you to expertly modulate the large front disc brakes with their four-piston Brembo-calipers. Even on narrow, winding roads, this car rarely loses its composure, and the car feels evenly balanced on all four tires while the suspension rarely bottoms.

Although the Type-S is available with a six-speed manual transmission, this choice makes it more likely that clumsy throttle inputs can upset the car’s balance, especially as the TL is distinctly nose heavy, with 61.4 percent of its weight resting on the front tires. The sequential-shift five-speed automatic, featuring shift paddles on the steering wheel, is a far more sensible choice for the Type-S.

If ultimate performance fascinates you, then Acura’s optional A-SPEC package is a good choice, as the firmer suspension dampers and big 18-inch tires of the optional kit substantially increase the car’s cornering grip. With the chassis dynamics of the front-drive package under control, the six-speed manual transmission becomes a far more reasonable choice, and the standard limited-slip differential helps compensate for any clumsy throttle inputs, although you’ll still feel a wriggle of torque steer if you press on with too much enthusiasm. In this configuration, the TL even acquits itself well on a race track, something that few large, front-wheel-drive cars can claim.

Summary

The Acura TL comes in two distinct models to deliver a mix of practicality and driving enjoyment to a broad range of drivers. The standard TL delivers style, safety, electronic convenience features in a package that offers the all-weather, town-and-country capability that most Americans prefer. It’s a great car. The Acura TL Type-S, on the other hand, is a real sports sedan, with power, performance, and sophisticated dynamics that enable it to match up against the finest European sedans. At the same time, the TL manages to deliver a measure of practical efficiency that distinguishes it among its competitors, a unique personality that relates well to the things that Americans want from a luxury car.
Model Line Overview

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Model lineup: Acura TL 5-speed automatic ($33,625), with navigation system ($36,125); TL Type-S 5-speed automatic ($38,125), with high-performance tires ($38,325); Type-S 6–speed manual ($38,125), with high-performance tires ($38,325)
Engines: 258-hp 3.2-liter 24-valve SOHC V6; 286-hp 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC V6
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic with SportShift; 6-speed manual (S-Type only)
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; three-point seatbelts at all five seating positions; ABS with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution; Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability control and traction control; tire pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional): none
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asic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Marysville, Ohio

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Specifications As Tested

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Model tested (MSRP): Acura TL 5-speed automatic with navigation system ($36,125)
Standard equipment: dual-zone automatic climate control; eight-way driver and four-way front passenger heated power-adjustable seats; tilt and telescoping steering wheel; remote keyless entry; power windows, central locking and heated, tilt-down outside mirrors; three driver-memory settings; eight-speaker stereo with DVD-Audio, DTS and CD six-disc changer, WMA- and MP3-capable, AM/FM and XM satellite tuner and cassette tape; power glass tilt-and-slide moonroof; carpeted floor mats; HomeLink programmable remote opener system; and hands-free, wireless cellular telephone capability
Options as tested (MSRP): all-season floor mats ($132); wood shift knob ($119); wheel locks ($45); door visors ($199)
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $36,625
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.2-liter SOHC 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 258 @ 6200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 233 @ 5000
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 20/29 mpg
Wheelbase: 107.9 in.
Length/width/height: 189.3/72.2/56.7 in.
Track, f/r: 62.1/62.0 in.
Turning circle: 39.7 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.7/55.6/42.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.2/53.8/34.9 in.
Cargo volume: 12.3 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: 5.8 in.
Curb weight: 3636 lbs.
Tires: P235/45WR-17 Michelin all-season
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 17 gal


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