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Acura TL, Honda Accord, Sedan
#1140 of 1161 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [robertsmx]
Nov 26, 2007 (12:36 pm)
Since the Gen VII Accord came out Dual Climate has been available. It is (and has been) on the TSX as well ever since it came out.
And, don't get me started on the engine compartment; I want to see the good stuff under the hood!!! Don't hide it under plastic!
#1141 of 1161 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [thegraduate]
Nov 26, 2007 (1:12 pm)
Dual zone/single mode (Accord and TSX) versus dual zone/dual mode (TL).
You may like to see stuff under the hood, but luxury brands are more about minor touches like these, where things have to have better finish. You open the door in an Accord, and the foot-plate is plastic. In TL, you have well finished stainless steel plate. Little details like these are key to differentiating cars, from mainstream to upscale. Most folks miss these details when comparisons like these are drawn. To some, these differences carry value, while it be be superfluous for others (hence "luxury"). Here is another comparison, this time between RL and TL...
Note the windshield wipers. They are completely flush and hidden in the RL, not so in the TL, an example of minor detailing that will often go unnoticed to the casual observer.
#1142 of 1161 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [robertsmx]
Nov 26, 2007 (1:21 pm)
Help me with the "mode" thing please. Do you mean which vents are open?
#1143 of 1161 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [thegraduate]
Nov 26, 2007 (1:52 pm)
Yes, and both sides can be operated independently (the driver may want only dash vents, while the passenger may want dash and floor vents). Single mode will allow only one of the two settings for both zones.
I believe MDX has taken it even further with tri-zone/tri-mode climate control but thats for another thread.
#1144 of 1161 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [joelhel]
Nov 26, 2007 (2:51 pm)
I'm surprised I haven't seen this mentioned. Maybe it's just a given. It is something that has me a bit annoyed. The 6-cylinder Accord has a 3.5 liter variable cylinder management (not sure of exact name) engine. It has more horsepower and torque than the 3.2 liter TL engine and gets better gas mileage: 3 MPG highway, 1 MPG city. Don't know why this engine was not in the TL. Maybe it was not seen as appropriate for a sports sedan, but I sure would have preferred about 10% better gas mileage and the ability to use regular fuel.
The 2008 Accord was not out yet, at least where I live, when I bought my ('08) TL.
#1145 of 1161 Re: What are the real differences - Accord & Acura TL? [kkrtrekl]
Nov 26, 2007 (3:00 pm)
TL is unlikely to get VCM. Unlike Accord, TL isn't primarily about value. And it has 3.2/V6 in base model since it was launched at a time when Accord had 3.0. This is bound to happen during transition period. When 2003 Accord arrived, its V6 has 240 HP, while TL (base) had 225 HP. So, this is not unprecedented.
That said, while you can't run regular grade in TL, you can get pretty good mileage from it. I do (mine is an 06).
#1146 of 1161 Get the TL
Dec 08, 2007 (9:52 pm)
I picked up a TL after considering the '08 Accord. The current gen TL blows it away. You really need to drive both to compare. Once you do you'll know the TL is an entirely different animal, and you're comparing apples to oranges. To be fair, these cars aren't at the same price point and do not compete with each other.
flawless interior fit and finish
just the right size (I don't want a Buick)
2 memory seat function tied to indvidual transmitters
un-castrated 260 HP V6, w/nice growl
perforated leather interior
rear AC/Heat vents
BTW, the buying experience is like comparing Nordstrom's to Walmart.
#1147 of 1161 Re: Get the TL [havok]
Dec 09, 2007 (9:49 pm)
The engine in the regular TL actually has less juice than the Accord V6. But I agree that the memory seats, HID, and the tidier size would be reasons enough to tip the scale in favour of the TL. Plus, despite being in the last year of its model cycle, I think the TL still has it over the Accord in exterior and interior styling.
#1148 of 1161 08 Accord V-6 v 07 or 08 Acura TL
Dec 10, 2007 (8:01 am)
The above posts are accurate on differences between the cars. We have an 04 Accord V-6 and an 04 Acura TL. I prefer driving TL, 6 speed manual with Brembo brakes. Wife prefers driving Accord V-6, automatic. The Accord, although restyled to be very impressive, is still a 'floater' car by my definition. It takes very little attention to drive safely, and corners adequately, but not great. The Acura TL drives great, if you get 6 speed manual, has more interior extras, has better styling exterior, IMO, and corners much better than Accord V-6. If you seek an automatic TL, then both are not much fun to drive, IMO, but the extras on TL would still lead me to buy a TL, which I will do again in 2009 when/if a TL, 6 speed manual (I hope), with Super Handling AWD, is offered. If you really want to have fun, buy and drive the Honda S2000, which is like driving a motorcycle with 4 wheels. My TL sits in the garage most of the week, since I prefer driving S2000. Neither Accord V-6 or TL are bad decisions, especially when compared to what Honda/Acura offers for the price vs. other cars on the market. Good luck and have fun. Live is Short.
#1149 of 1161 Re: 08 Accord V-6 v 07 or 08 Acura TL [jkgreer2]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:07 am)
Very accurate observations based on what I can tell. I have an Accord (06), and it handles well, but it's not sports car. It is nice to have a smoother ride on my daily commute (bumpy!), but carving corners would be more fun in the Acura.
For most, I suspect the price difference will be the deciding factor.