2006 Acura TL
There are 84 user reviews for the 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System trim shown below
- Ergonomic interior, muscular stance, Bluetooth capability
- Lack of low-end torque for a V6, Interior rattles
I have owned the 06 TL /w Navi for approximately 6 months, and have put on 7100 miles thus far.
Performance-wise, this car lacks the low-end torque of it's competitors (G35, 3-series BMW), and leaves you driving the speed limit with no urge to push the car to its limits. The automatic transmission upshifts relatively sluggishly, and it's manual shift mode is pretty much useless except on the highway. Around the corners, it does its job adequately, but the FWD drivetrain can't hold a candle to its RWD competition. Brakes do their job well.
The TL's interior is one that you will fall in love with at first sight, but with the center console rattles (which Acura STILL hasn't figured out how to remedy) it can be nerve-wracking, and you'll force yourself to leave the adequate stereo system on at all times. The highly touted ELS Surround Sound system is overrated, as it does absolutely nothing special with regular audio discs, and 99% of TL owners will be stuck listening to the demo Audio-DVD that came with the system. The lack of an auxillary input is disappointing, especially since it's younger sibling (the TSX) has it standard. On the plus side, the leather seats are an absolute joy to sit in, and the seat warmers do their job very well. The Bluetooth HFL works very well, and voice recognition can accept commands from the worst of accents. Rear seating is adequate, provided none of your rear seat passengers are over 5'10.
The exterior is a hit-or-miss type design, with some people considering it muscular and beautiful (myself), or others likening it to a bland sedan with luxury badging. The rear end of this car can use some work, but overall, in my opinion, is a well-rounded design that should age well.
On paper, the 04-06 Acura TL offers a LOT of car for the money, but it does nothing particularly well. If you're looking for a Entry-level luxury sedan that's a safe investment, go with the TL. If you want more athleticism, go with an Infiniti G35. If you need more refinement, go with a BMW 3-series. Try before you buy.
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