Last post on May 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM
You are in the Acura TL
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Honda Accord, Sedan
#1130 of 1159 Re: Accord or TL pending new SH-AWD TL [elroy5]
Nov 07, 2007 (9:41 am)
Well, I touch the radio controls a lot - especially with XM or Sirius or a CD loaded down with mp3 folders. While scrolling up and down through pre-sets on the wheel is helpful, it is limited. And the look and feel of that console on the Accord is just not friendly to me when it's time to reach over and go diretly to the song (on a cd) or channel (1 of 20 on XM or Sirius) I want in an instant.
I have decided that for me, a loaded Altima SL w/NAV is a much more likely comparison to the Acura TL than is the '08 Accord. In addition to my great dislike of the new Accord console, I love the Altima's keyless FOB with auto lock/unlock and push button start/stop (I'm sure the 09 TL will have one - can't imagine why Honda skipped it this year). The Altima is still smaller than the growing Accord (which is approaching full-size status imo!). And the Altima is a far better looking machine on the outside than the new Accord. I also prefer the NAV 3D view on the Altima to the 2D Honda map.
#1131 of 1159 What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL?
Nov 25, 2007 (5:24 pm)
I'm considering either a fully loaded Accord w/Nav or a TL. I understand that they both share an Accord frame but what else do they share? Drivetrain? Suspension? What are the real differences between Accords and Acura TLs?
Looking for facts - not opinions.
Thanks - Joel
#1132 of 1159 Re: Accord or TL pending new SH-AWD TL [wolveseatsheep]
Nov 25, 2007 (5:37 pm)
You wrote "I love the Altima's keyless FOB with auto lock/unlock and push button start/stop". It's interesting that you are intrigued with the pushbutton starter. All of the U.S. manufacturers had those for many years until they discontinued them a few years after World War II ended. Pushbutton starters replaced the old cranks below the front bumpers. The much more secure ignition key technology became commonplace after the demise of pushbutton starters.
#1133 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [joelhel]
Nov 25, 2007 (5:56 pm)
The most important "facts" are the ones that you discover. Sure, you can read about 'em and solicit advice here. But, my advice: Go drive both of them at length! Then figure out which one best meets your needs/wants/desires/budget...
TL did it for me.
#1134 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [laurasdada]
Nov 25, 2007 (9:09 pm)
Overall More Luxurious
Older in Design
Smaller Inside (I believe techinically a compact by the EPA but could be wrong)
Has a Better Warranty
Go drive them and form some opinions.
#1135 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [thegraduate]
Nov 26, 2007 (9:49 am)
Let me restate my question.
They share the same frame. What other components are the same or different?
Those are the kind of "facts" I'm looking for.
#1136 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [joelhel]
Nov 26, 2007 (12:19 pm)
They don't share frame, they share platform (sharing frame would generally imply that the difference is merely on the sheetmetal). And besides dimensional differences, there are some structural too. TL gets more chassis reinforcements, and more aluminum too (for example, front subframe in Accord is hydroformed steel, while it is aluminum-alloy in TL).
#1137 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [robertsmx]
Nov 26, 2007 (12:21 pm)
The differences are incredibly numerous. What I listed are the differences that would be felt or noticed to a driver.
#1138 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [thegraduate]
Nov 26, 2007 (1:13 pm)
Then you left out 2 features which I feel are significant plusses for the TL -- memory driver seat, and xenon headlights.
#1139 of 1159 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [bodble2]
Nov 26, 2007 (1:29 pm)
Besides features, there are differences in detailing as well. One can see it in quality of material, and how they are assembled. There is a different design to the trunk hinge, carpeting, greater noise insulation (you can see that in wheel wells too), better leather, etc. Even the look under the hood spells the difference...
There was another difference between TL and Accord (and TSX) even with all of them having dual zone climate control. TL came with dual mode on top of it (Accord and TSX had single mode). This may not hold true anymore if the new Accord has dual mode as well (I do see a "dual" button on the climate control).