Best car I have ever owned
No problems with it yet.
Bought a used 2004 Acura TL a few months ago and could not be happier with my decision. First, as a 6'4, 230 lb man, this is the first car I've driven where I feel comfortable. The seats are wide, comfortable, and supportive. I can stretch out my legs, and my head does not touch the ceiling. Congratulations to Acura for making a car for the large man. I usually buy a car every 2-2.5 years, but I will probably keep this one for much longer.
Performance-wise, the TL is great. The engine pulls very strong and the handling is as good as can be expected for a front wheel drive car. Mashing the pedal with VSA off (vehicle stability assist) will make the tires squeel. This car is especially impressive on the highway. I get anywhere from 32 to 36 mpg depending on how fast I drive, which is almost as good as an economy car. I believe this is due to the gearing, which allows the car to maintain highway speeds at only about 2000 rpm, while an economy car's engine would need to work much harder to maintain the same speed. If you do a lot of highway driving, this is the car for you. City mileage is not as good, in the low to mid 20s, about average for a luxury sports sedan.
The car has every feature you can imagine: heated seats, memory seats that sync with each key, speed-sensitive wipers, dual-zone climate control, heated side mirrors that automatically adjust downward when you shift into reverse, auto dimming rear view mirror, DVD audio, and you can open the windows and moonroof remotely with the key transmitter. All this is standard on every TL. The only feature that's not standard is navigation. Mine doesn't have navigation, but I don't care as I very rarely drive to unfamiliar places.
Regarding quality, the fit and finish is the highest of any car I've owned. There are no wide seams, no rattling or squeeking, nothing wobbly, and the quality of the leather is very high. The sound system is the best stock system I've heard in a car.
As for cons... I really can't think of anything bad to say about this car. I wish I could, in order to make this review balanced, but nothing comes to mind. I guess I wouldn't mind if the turning radius was smaller, is the only thing I can think of.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th September, 2008