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Subaru Legacy, Acura TSX, Acura TL, Sedan
#449 of 498 Accord Coupe vs TL vs Legacy
Dec 21, 2005 (1:23 am)
I've taken test drives in a manual 6-sp V6^ Accord Coupe, an auto TL and a manual Legacy GT. All are entertaining cars but only one made me think there was something wrong with my 99 Passat when I got back in it to drive away... The Legacy GT really seems to have a lot more low end grunt than the other two. I hear comments about turbo lag but I have to say it's almost imperceptible on the Legacy GT (maybe its because I really know what turbo lag is My 1.8 turbo REALLY needs to have the rpm's up a ways to get a decent launch the revs don't have to be sky high but if you let the clutch out before you've built up the revs a bit it's like stepping into a sink hole) I've driven the Legacy a couple times and even in the automatic found it to be very responsive (never thought I'd say that about an auto). The TL is by far the most attractive of the three but none of them are bad looking rigs and value you find in a V-6 6-speed Accord Coupe is hard to deny. I honestly think you could put an Acura badge on it and it would fit nicely in their line up. We are very fortunate to be able to have choices like this...
#450 of 498 Re: How did I let it go... [bodble2]
Dec 21, 2005 (1:28 am)
Ya I'd just have to tow my golf clubs around behind the Stang and leave it in garage whenever we get one of our 7 inches of precip a year in the form of hard rain or snow...
#451 of 498 The one that got away
Dec 21, 2005 (8:05 am)
You gotta pounce on opportunities like that, trouble is, it's not like you have $23,000 in cash laying around to spend on a whim.
The GT, coupled to a manual transmission, has very little lag at all. With the auto I sensed some lag, but not much with a clutch.
C&D's Forester XT (same engine, tuned for LESS power) ran to 30mph off the line quicker than a Ferrari Enzo. Not much lag there!
#452 of 498 Re: The one that got away [ateixeira]
Dec 21, 2005 (11:14 am)
I test drove an auto GT when it first came out and my seat of the pants assessment was that it has less low-end grunt than the CL-S I had at the time. Not much turbo lag though.
#453 of 498 Re: The one that got away [bodble2]
Dec 21, 2005 (11:16 am)
There's no doubt that engine mates up best to a manual trans. It unleashes every horse available.
#454 of 498 Re: The one that got away [ateixeira]
Dec 21, 2005 (5:35 pm)
The one downside of AWD of Four Wheel Drive is it seems to make people think they can stop in the snow and ice... I live on the corner of an intersection at the bottom of two steep hills. Today we got a nasty dose of freezing rain and I was entertained for an hour and a half by "Stars on Ice"! To be fair it wasn't just 4bys that were providing the entertainment but of the 8 (count em 8) cars that lost it coming down the hills 7 were all wheel drives. That doesn't count the Hummer owner who crashed once - drove back up the hill then came back down the same hill a little while later this time sliding down the on-coming lane (well actually scaping tires against the curb the whole way down .
I called the police after my neighbor's cars dodged the first 3 bullets but got hit by the 4th contestant. The guy in the Land Cruiser went for a 2fer and hit both of their cars! I had called neighbor's twice and gone and knocked on the door to try and warn them and on the third call got the dad (who had been in the shower) and told him he should come outside because his cars were gonna... make that just got hit....
Then a lady in a Suburban locked up on the other hill and just slowly slid towards the curb and rear ended a parked full size Ford pickup that ended up rolling 300 yards before it finally parked itself in a driveway at the bottom of the hill (pointed backwards). The unmanned pickup managed to pick off one neighbors car on the way by (they don't count in the total since they didn't have drivers). It was kind of like one of those insurance ads on TV where that golf ball causes all the damage...
I think I may have decided in favor of the subie just based on this short display - that crash test rating it got recently might be more important than I thought!
#455 of 498 Re: The one that got away [mhattrup]
Dec 22, 2005 (9:33 am)
Precisely. AWD/4WD helps with forward motion, but not with stopping. The problem with AWD/4WD is overconfidence which is often exacerbated by people driving in large vehicles.
I hope no one was seriously injured in that accident!
#456 of 498 Re: The one that got away [kens]
Dec 23, 2005 (1:58 am)
No one in the cars appeared to suffer any injuries however two neighbor girls whose parked cars got hit probably are pretty sore from taking nasty falls on their sidewalks as they came out to check on the damage done to their cars....
It was feet in the air flat on your back slick out. I made the mistake of stepping off the grass once and barely avoided my own fall before I gingerly turned around and shuffled my way back to the grass.
#457 of 498 AWD vs. crash safety
Dec 23, 2005 (5:53 pm)
that crash test rating it got recently might be more important than I thought!
The AWD is secondary, then.
#458 of 498 Re: HIDs sought after by thieves [rsholland]
Dec 23, 2005 (6:17 pm)
HID's are hot, but the reason the Maximas are so targeted is they slide right in to regular "non-HID" Maximas. Since TSX and TL both come with HID standard, a thief would be less likely to steal them.