2007 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2007 Acura TL Type-S
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
On all counts, the 2007 Acura TL is a sophisticated, luxurious, and dependable car. What it lacks is excitement.
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan AT4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODCVTManualManualContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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