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2007 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

 
2007 Acura TL Type-S
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The Lexus ES 350 is perhaps the most direct competitor to the Acura TL; both are front-wheel drive and offer a way to step up to the superior dealership experience of a luxury brand, although neither strays tremendously from its Camry and Accord roots.

The 2007 Acura TL also takes on the more docile of the German sports sedans, including the A4 and 3 Series, though both models are a bit more serious.

The TL’s interior stands out from the pack, with superior materials and a brighter, more exciting overall design; it’s also a bit roomier than either German rival.

All-wheel drive is fast becoming a differentiator in this class as well; the TL doesn’t yet have it, but it’s available in the A4 and the 3 Series, along with the Subaru Legacy GT, which takes on the sporty side of the TL.

There’s also the Nissan Maxima, a front-wheel-drive sport sedan that, like the TL, can disappoint hard-core performance enthusiasts who need to carve canyons; the Maxima’s interior is as attractive as the TL’s, though the lack of lux-brand cachet is a con.

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8.2
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On all counts, the 2007 Acura TL is a sophisticated, luxurious, and dependable car. What it lacks is excitement.
8.4
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The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
7.4
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The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
8.6
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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The 2008 Lexus ES 350 is a plush, soft-handling car that would make Buick proud--if Buick still built cars like this.
7.8
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The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
MSRP From     
$33,625$30,700$20,795$32,700$34,120$28,630
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeCompactCompactCompactCompactMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan AT4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVTManualManualAutomaticContinously Variable

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