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2004 Acura TL

  • 2004 Acura TL Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      270/238
    • ENGINE
      3.2L V6
    • MSRP
      $32,650
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2004 Acura TL Review

Performance and luxury, but look at other models first.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Acura TL marks the third model year after the carmaker’s redesign of the vehicle. From 1999 to 2003, Acura remained a real contender in the world of luxury sedans with the TL. The Type S trim made a good blend of luxury, value, and performance. Acura redesigned the TL to infuse some freshness in the line in 2004. This change tries to attract the younger audience and the people who want to own a sport sedan with luxury amenities. Acura adds many popular new features and makes them standard. For a touch of style and class, the company trims the dashboard in genuine aluminum metal.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: manual
Models: Acura TL

What's New

Acura made some modifications to the body for 2004 and didn’t make any alterations in 2005 or 2006. For 2006, Acura increases the warranty coverage to provide protection for six years or 70,000 miles, whichever comes first. The TL receives a new tire pressure monitor and the engine management gets altered to lower torque steer. Since the Society of Automotive Engineers’ testing procedures changed in 2006, the horsepower generated by the engine gets slightly reduced to comply.

Exterior

The Acura TL is a four-door sedan that comes in only the base model. Standard exterior features include 17-inch wheels, all-season tires, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, intermittent variable windshield wipers, a rear defogger, and a chrome grille. The cargo area reaches a maximum capacity of 12.5 cubic feet.

The exterior comes in seven paint colors and the body silhouette has the classic Acura long, sloping hood line and short rear. The Acura plaque gets displayed prominently in the chrome grille and the headlights seem to wrap around the sides of the car. The rear of the TL resembles a Honda, in the sense that both cars have the contrast of the demureness of the rear with the boldness of the front. The 2006 model measures 3.5 inches shorter than the pre-2004 models, but the wheelbase length remains the same. The roof stands an inch taller, and the track stretches wider to improve handling and stability.

Interior

Standard features for the 2006 Acura TL Base model include: leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats with driver seat memory, an eight-speaker Bose surround sound system, a navigation system, satellite radio, a telescoping and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, keyless entry/startup, an in-dash stereo system with Bose speakers and six-disc CD changer, and Bluetooth. The standard automatic climate control system uses satellite data to monitor the outside temperature and adjust the interior temperature accordingly.

The cockpit in the TL looks well-organized. The gauges in the control panel of the cockpit have a bright blue electroluminescence glow and sit in three pods with blue backlighting. The curved dashboard comes trimmed in leather and genuine aluminum metal, which accentuates the coolness of the blue lighting. The quality of the interior materials rivals some it its competitors that cost more. The leather seats feel comfortable and supportive and the rear seating area comfortably seats two adults with adequate legroom and headroom.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Acura TL employs a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower and 233 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission comes standard and the five-speed automatic transmission remains optional. The manual transmission shifts easily and smoothly between gears. The car can sprint with a manual transmission from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.

The TL handles well on the road, and shifting between gears feels smooth and effortless with both transmissions. The engine delivers abundant power, although the automatic transmission seems to slow the car down. The ride remains comfortable and firm. The handling seems well-controlled and stable and the steering responsive. However, it lacks performance when accelerating rapidly out of tight corners. The braking system provides strong stopping power.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2006 Acura TL includes stability and traction controls, side and curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, four-wheel anti-lock disc Brembo brakes with BrakeAssist, and electronic brake force distribution.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association gives this car five out of five stars for protection in frontal-impact collisions for all passengers and four out of five stars for side-impact collision protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura TL: 20/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior with quality materials
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Clean interior design
  • Long list of standard features

You Won't Like

  • Not as nimble as competitors

Sum Up

Performance and luxury, but look at other models first.

If You Like This Vehicle

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