The TL is Acura's mid-size luxury sedan, and for the 2007 model year gets revised styling-both to the exterior and interior-as well as an improved navigation system. The 2007 model year also marks the return of the TL Type-S performance model, with a larger and more powerful engine and a suspension tuned for higher performance.
The TL was redesigned for the 2004 model year and since then has undergone annual enhancements. However, for 2007, it has been restyled inside and out. Outside, it has a new front fascia with a larger grille, a redesigned bumper, and new headlamps and fog lights. Likewise, the tail lamps, rear bumper, and wheels have been redesigned. Inside, there's a new steering wheel, gauges with a "spun metal" look and laser-etched numerals, and model-specific lighting (blue on the TL and red on the TL Type-S). All TL models except those equipped with navigation systems have vacuum fluorescent center console displays, designed to look like those on high-end audio systems. The TL and TL Type-S come with Acura/ELS surround sound audio systems and satellite navigation (standard on the Type-S and optional on the TL). The base TL draws its power from a 3.2-liter V-6 that pumps out 258 hp, yet is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.
To the delight of some Acura shoppers, the TL Type-S returns to the model lineup after a three-year hiatus. It has special exterior design features, including black chrome trim, wider sills, and quad tail pipes. It also has special sport seats. Further, the TL Type-S has a sport-tuned suspension that appeals to more aggressive drivers. The TL Type-S has a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 286 hp, achieves 19/28 mpg city/highway fuel-economy figures and, like the 3.2-liter V-6 on the TL, also gets an ultra-low-emission vehicle ULEV rating.
The Acura TL competes in the Compact Premium Conventional segment, which consists of 15 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, exterior styling, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the BMW 3 Series (120,180 units sold), Acura TL (71,348), and Infiniti G35 (60,741). The Acura TL's 71,348 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 8.8 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Premium Conventional segment include the Cadillac CTS, Lexus IS-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Acura TSX.
|3.2 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$33,625||258-hp / 3.2L 6-cyl||20/29|
|Type S w/Nav System (A5)||5 speed automatic||$38,125||286-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/28|