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2007 Acura TL Review
Well-built and easily lived with every day.
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Back in 2004, the Acura third-generation TL received distinctive styling and driving competence to take its place among the best within the midsize luxury segment. Manufactured in the same Marysville, Ohio Honda plant alongside the Accord, the 2007 Acura TL shares its engineering and comprehensive standard equipment. The Acura TL has long been an excellent choice in solid-performance and now, with the 2007 TL Type S, begins the reintroduction of a truly performance-oriented sedan.
With an outstanding stereo system, a smooth ride, and the best seat designs of the segment, the 2007 Acura TL deserves a look when shopping for a luxury midsize sedan.
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Acura TL, Acura TL Type S
After an absence of three years, the Type S returns. It features a 3.5-liter adaptation of Acura’s V-6, a sport-tuned suspension, and Brembo disc brakes. The Acura Type S also acquires a uniquely styled front fascia, 17- inch wheels, paddle shifters, and quad tailpipes. The base TL gets a revised instrument panel and center stack and a fresh exterior style. Brembo brakes and the manual six-speed only come on the Type S.
The 2007 Acura TL comes in a wide variety of body color choices and two different trim levels: the base TL and the TL Type S. Standard exterior features remain similar and include a power glass moonroof, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and a rear defogger. The chrome grille and rear spoiler add to the appearance of the 2007 Acura in both trim levels. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels come on the base and 17-inch painted alloy wheels come on the Type S.
Among its rivals, the Acura TL midsize luxury sport sedan features about the best interior design of all. Excellent material quality along with the nicely shaped seats encompasses the inside of the 2007 Acura TL. Aluminum inlays, the two-tone scheme, and electroluminescent gauges that radiate a bright-blue glow give the cockpit of the sedan a very sophisticated feel. Passengers ride comfortably in the rear seats and carrying luggage seems easy with the available 12.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.
Standard interior features abound, as well. Both models come with leather upholstery, HomeLink, climate control with dual-zone functionality, heated front seats, power seats, full power accessories, and an excellent eight-speaker ELS Surround Premium sound system with DVD audio capability. Optionally, the satellite-based navigation system can be added and includes voice recognition and a rear-view camera.
Performance & Handling
The base Acura TL sedans come with a 3.2-liter V-6, producing 258 hp and using a sequential, manual-shifting, five-speed automatic. The Type S comes with the 3.5-liter V-6 generating 286 horses and hooked up with either the limited-slip differential six-speed manual transaxle or the manually operated, paddle-shifted, five-speed automatic. The 2007 Acura TL makes revisions to the suspension as well.
With improvements made to the suspension, the ride feels crisper and more controlled overall, which is unexpected for a sport-tuned vehicle with very little harshness. The operation of the TL probably remains the smoothest of the competitors on any type of pavement or concrete. The fun of the true driving enthusiasts might be hindered a bit with its front-drive layout, but for the most part, driving feels plenty sporty and exciting.
The TL Type S incorporates a 3.5-liter V-6 with 286 horses, Brembo big disc brakes, and the all-independent suspension for the utmost in performance and excitement. The Type S also provides the only version that offers the six-speed manual transmission that has limited-slip differential or the paddle shifters that comes with the five-speed automatic.
Side and curtain airbags supplement the dual-stage airbags for the driver and front occupant and also curtain airbags for rear passengers. A stability assist system helps keep the automobile upright, and anti-lock brakes work to stop the 2007 Acura TL. The Acura gets five stars from the NHTSA for side and front crash tests. In frontal-offset tests, the IIHS deems it a ""Best Pick"" and it receives the best rating of ""good.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura TL Type S: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Top crash test ratings
- Incredible sound systems
- V-6 engine matches transmission well
- Excellent handling
- Spacious and deluxe interior
You Won't Like
- Handling limits when driven aggressively
- Sometimes lacks torque
Well-built and easily lived with every day.
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