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2007 Acura TL

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2007 Acura TL Review

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Acura's answer to premium performance sedans like the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35, Audi A4 and Lexus IS, the TL is the only one of that category offered exclusively with front-wheel drive. While rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles can enjoy some performance advantages, the TL mitigates those differences with an unparalleled front-wheel-drive system. In addition to exhilarating performance, the TL is also comfortable, roomy and packed with a sophisticated lineup of standard equipment. It even returns up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway and is priced considerably below its competitors. In addition to some notable interior and exterior updates for 2007, enthusiasts are celebrating the return of a TL Type-S, with more power, a stiffer suspension and distinctive styling touches.

You'll Like This Car If...

Fast, fun, comfortable and convenient, the TL is arguably the category's most well-rounded entry and almost certainly its best value.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the TL's front-wheel-drive architecture is an advantage for some—especially those in wetter climates—other enthusiast buyers might prefer the driving dynamics associated with rear-wheel drive.

What's Significant About This Car?

A host of moderate changes inside, outside and beneath the sheetmetal add up to a more sophisticated TL. The big news for enthusiasts is the return of a Type-S model, which features more power, a sportier suspension and unique styling touches.

Driving the TL

Driving Impressions One of the great beauties of the TL lineup is that, 95 percent of the time, the Type-S is just as comfortable as the base model and the base model...

is just as much fun as the Type-S. Still, when the road starts to get curvy and your right foot gets heavy, the quicker, grippier, more responsive Type-S easily earns its price premium. The five-speed automatic has been enhanced for the Type-S—which also gets wheel-mounted paddle shifters—to deliver smoother, rev-matching downshifts and quicker, crisper upshifts, while the six-speed manual is as tight and precise as you'd expect in an all-out sports car. Without question, no other manufacturer has ever combined this much horsepower and front-wheel-drive running gear with such satisfying results. Rounding out the TL's impeccable behavior are its pleasant around-town demeanor and reactive but comfortable highway manner.

Comprehensive Navigation System
Newly upgraded for 2007, the TL's voice-activated navigation system provides real-time traffic info, Zagat restaurant reviews and includes a rearview camera. It even allows you to upload your entire personal phonebook into the Bluetooth hands-free phone system in one step.

Enhanced DVD-Audio System
The TL's impressive eight-speaker, 225-watt DVD-Audio surround sound system features DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, plus a six-disc CD changer that plays WMA and MP3 files. There's also an auxiliary input for portable MP3 players and such.

2007 Acura TL Details
Interior

The TL's interior remains one of the roomiest, most comfortable cabins in the category (especially for rear-seat passengers). The list of upgrades for 2007 includes a new three-spoke steering wheel (in place of a four-spoke model), softer seat leather, revised information displays, improved DVD-Audio surround sound system and an updated voice-activated navigation system that provides real-time traffic information and includes an integrated rear-view camera. Type-S models get sportier seats with contrasting stitching, stainless-steel pedals, red (not blue) instrument illumination, dark aluminum and carbon fiber trim and an active noise canceling system that generates sound waves to counteract the bigger engine's additional noise at cruising speeds.

Exterior
2007 Acura TL photo

Cosmetic changes for 2007 include a larger grille, revised front and rear lower fascia, the addition of independent fog lights, mirror-integrated turn signals, redesigned taillight lenses and new 17-inch wheels. The more assertive Type-S is distinguished by a collection of darker trim elements, including black chrome grille and lamp treatments plus wider side sills, a rear spoiler, dual circular exhaust outlets, dark 17-inch wheels and Type-S badges.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Except for the navigation system, a base Acura TL is fully loaded with an impressive DVD-Audio surround sound system, power moonroof, HID headlamps, leather seating, power/heated front seats, steering wheel-mounted controls and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

A navigation system is the only option available on the base TL. The step up to the Type-S includes navigation, a host of performance-oriented hardware and cosmetic upgrades, a choice of a more responsive five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission and the availability of high-performance tires.

Under the Hood

While the base TL keeps the same excellent 3.2-liter engine from last year (coupled with a slightly softened suspension), the Type-S gets a 3.5-liter version that, according to Acura, gives it faster zero-to-60, quarter-mile and passing acceleration than the 2006 Infiniti G35 and 2006 BMW 330i. The Type-S also gets a stiffer suspension, Brembo brakes, a more aggressive exhaust note and is the only model available with a manual transmission (which includes a limited-slip differential) and high-performance tires.

3.2-liter V6
258 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
233 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

3.5-liter V6
286 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
256 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual), 19/28 (automatic)

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2007 Acura TL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 685 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

I love Acura

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great value and they run forever"

Cons: "No sunglass holder like the older models"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Just detailed, a hobby of mine.

"I've been driving Hondas and Acura's for over 25 years. You cannot beat the value you get for your money! I am considering a TLX however Acura has moved into the same pricing structure as most manufactures, everything is an upgrade, I liked it when you had a choice of two types, with or without the Tech Package and everything else was standard. Acura is still a great car and a great value!"

Just detailed, a hobby of mine.

Great car, great quality

By on Friday, July 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Technology package awesome, quality ride"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought CPO in 2007, only did oil changes, tires and brakes before the 100k stuff (timing belt, etc.) Amazingly trouble-free. This car was ahead of its time, fully loaded with Nav, integrated phone, satellite radio, etc. Great job Acura! Will be looking at another soon!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, fun to drive, reliable, sporty"

Cons: "they don't make them like this anymore!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought my 04 TL used with 90K on it and have about 110K on it now.. runs amazing.. regular oil changes and new tires this past summer are all that I've had to do. Won't sell this car.. will drive it as long as I can."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

So sad to see her go!

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 233,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 04 Acura TL with 78k miles on it. I paid 12k cash and drove it to 233k miles without EVER fixing one thing! Just regular maintenance like tires, brakes and rotars. Best car I ever owned. Leather started to breakdown from the heat and humidity as soon as I moved to Florida. But the car had 200k miles already. This has been an amazing vehicle. Never broke down! Transmission issue at 233k miles so I had to get rid of. But I think I got my moneys worth! I will Always buy Acura!"

About as Good as It Gets

By on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "Cassette deck instead of bluetooth audio"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I'm the original owner and after 10 years I can say I'd buy this car all over again. In 10 years and 200,000 miles, the only major repairs I had to do were to replace the A/C compressor, the clutch (yes I have a manual transmission), and a rear brake caliper. An almost one of a kind combination of exterior and interior colors, a stick, and navigation system make this car an extremely rare find and I still get comments on how great it looks. The navigation system tends to run slow the first time you use it after you start it up, but is an asset nonetheless. A lot of stuff that had to be done while the car was in warranty however, but Acura stepped up to the plate. I've done all my recommended maintenance and have used only synthetic oil. I'll bet I get another 100K miles out of it. Has a cassette deck. Didn't Acura get the memo that cassette decks were obsolete years before this car was made and that iPhone and Bluetooth audio connections were already well instilled in the world?"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Excellent, Reliable, Beautiful car

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "beautiful, nice ride, powerful, great interior"

Cons: "premium gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my car new. It's a 2005 model. Initially, there was an issue with the transmission and after multiple trips to the dealership they've replaced it at no cost. Since then I've had zero issues with my car and I am very happy I bought it. It is beautifully designed (I still think so after 8 years) and the quality of the interior is excellent. It's essentially maintenance-free."

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