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STYLING | 8 out of 10
sportier seating, carbon fiber trim, and racy steel pedals
the current TL sedan exhibits a wider, more aggressive stance
the TL's cabin is nicely finished
a mid-product-cycle face-lift added a revised front fascia and new headlamps and taillights
Overall, reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com felt that the styling of the 2007 Acura TL was in good form, but some said that it lacked character and excitement.
On the exterior, staid sophistication reigns—even with some upgrades for the Acura TL in 2007. ConsumerGuide notes that the year brings "slightly revised exterior styling," while Cars.com gets a bit more specific. "Compared with earlier models," the editors contend, "the current TL sedan exhibits a wider, more aggressive stance." Cars.com rounds out the analysis, noting that changes include "new fog lights mounted on each side of the front air dam, as well as redesigned taillights. The TL Type-S adds front ground effects, quad exhaust and black chrome trim."
ForbesAutos echoes these thoughts, pointing out that the 2007 Acura TL offers "a mid-product-cycle face-lift added a revised front fascia and new headlamps and taillights." Again, Cars.com goes a step further to describe the 2007 updates, saying, "The TL's body displays a pronounced wedge-shaped cabin-forward profile, led by a shield-shaped grille that incorporates a large logo. Acoustic windshield glass is installed."
Inside, sophistication is again the name of the game. ConsumerGuide sums it up: "The TL's cabin is nicely finished, with high-grade materials and assembly quality, and a vast array of standard luxury and convenience features." Cars.com points out "leather-trimmed seats are standard." Edmunds also praises the interior design of the 2007 Acura TL, spotlighting "an attractive, well-built interior designed with a more sporting intent in mind."
Across the board, there is also much praise for the design of the dashboard area and the instrument panel. Cars.com, for example, pronounces, "the instrument panel's multiple textures not only are pleasing to the eye, but also provide good visual rhythm."
Edmunds offers one caveat: Not everyone will be pleased with the interior redesign. "Aluminum inlays, bright blue electroluminescent gauges and aggressively bolstered seats should appeal to enthusiasts," they note, "but may put off those looking for a more classic luxury look."
Autoblog likes the sporty updates, referring to the 2007 TL's "sportier seating, carbon fiber trim, and racy steel pedals." At Cars.com, the info is much the same, though editors there take particular notice of the "brushed-aluminum trim" accenting the dashboard and the "red lighting, embossed headrests and carbon fiber trim" available on the high-end 2007 Acura TL Type S.
The emphasis is class and sophistication. Some may be put off by the lack of overt sportiness on the outside, but there’s a lot to love inside.