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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.
Favorite Features

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 672 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

Best car I ever owned.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "TL feels just great to drive."

Cons: "Only objection is road noise."

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

"This car is as good as Consumer Reports rated it in 2006. Only problem is a little too much road noise at times due to high performance tires."

Best car I ever owned.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "TL feels just great to drive."

Cons: "Only objection is road noise."

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

"This car is as good as Consumer Reports rated it in 2006. Only problem is a little too much road noise at times due to high performance tires."

Best car I ever owned.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "TL feels just great to drive."

Cons: "Only objection is road noise."

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

"This car is as good as Consumer Reports rated it in 2006. Only problem is a little too much road noise at times due to high performance tires."

Great car, problem-free

By on Thursday, April 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

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: "Power, value, trouble free"

Cons: "Premium gas"

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

"I have driven this car for almost 8 years, never had any problems. Just changed timing belt, got new tires and new brakes, and it's good to go for another 8 years."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great value

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Excellent price, not expensive to maintain."

Cons: "Premium fuel"

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

"The price was thousands less than others in its class. The car is fast, handles great and better than expected mileage. The dealers are excellent and supportive. Most parts are priced like Honda and were reasonable, except for low beam headlight bulbs."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

one of the best

By on Thursday, March 13, 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
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "price looks"

Cons: "inside lites leather seat"

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

"owned this car 35000 now 105000. reg. repairs ie timing belt 100000 trans flush etc. no suspension yet. only things not happy with lite in shifter out lite in steering wheel out driver seat leather cracking."

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