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You are in the Acura TL
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#192 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [bplayer]
Mar 09, 2006 (6:48 am)
Trunk space is a major issue? With a TL or any sport sedan? I think my 06 has more than enough trunk space FWIW.
And this generation of TL has taken the car way past the previous gen. Two totally different cars.
#193 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [booyahcramer]
Mar 09, 2006 (10:57 am)
"And this generation of TL has taken the car way past the previous gen. Two totally different cars."
In what ways? Gizmos I presume, basically its the same engine from the previous genaration Type "S" that they brought over to the current TL with a bit of fine tuning.
I am not bad mouthing the current TL but the previous generation (which I own) has a more classier look especially the Type S.
#194 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [billyperks1]
Mar 09, 2006 (1:44 pm)
I (and my father/brother: All TL owners) have to disagree re: styling. The prior gen TL I found to be a generically handsome car. Nothing wrong with the style, it just blended in with the crowd more so than the current gen. Both interior and exterior style are vast improvements in the current iteration. So much so that my dad broke his '03 lease early and my bro is jealous of our TLs (but fiscally more prudent than dad, no early lease terminations for him!).
In addition to the gizmos, I believe they also fine tuned the suspension as well as the engine. As one would hope, the TL continues to evolve.
#195 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [laurasdada]
Mar 09, 2006 (2:05 pm)
As we have said here numerous times style is subjetive.
I have three more payments on my 03 TLS and the current TL is not even on my short list.
Right now I am looking on the RL, 530XI, A6 3.2 or 4.2 and the GS350 (waiting for the release).
Honestly, I am in no rush to buy a new car, I might just wait for the next generation TL.
Good Luck with your TL.
#196 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [billyperks1]
Mar 09, 2006 (3:12 pm)
"the previous generation (which I own) has a more classier look especially the Type S."
Other than a label of 'Type-S' I can't tell 03 TL from 03 TL type-S from the outside. Why Type S 'especially' then?
I have to also say 04+ TL stands out much more than 03- TL. Now it may stand out to one's liking or disliking, but I bet more would turn their heads for those new TL. 03 TL does give you a softer (more comfy) ride, and it's less $$ though. Can't get everything.
#197 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [billyperks1]
Mar 09, 2006 (5:05 pm)
No argument, BillyP. Beauty is in the eye. Sounds like you're heading uptown with the next car. Be sure to post your impressions as you test drive each.
If I was in the market, from your list I'd test all but the GS350. The styling just isn't for me (we do have a Lexus in the family). The 530 is no beauty, but it's grown on me. It's still only a 7 to the TL's 9, however!
Speaking of the RL, it reminds me of your gen TL in that I find the RL to be handsome, but generically so. It just blends in to the crowd a little to much. Cool car, though.
#198 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [billyperks1]
Mar 10, 2006 (5:50 am)
You are moving up a level based on the list stated. I love the ride provided by the A6. The car in demand for media testing is the M35X and you should add that to your list. There are so many fine choices in this group.
#199 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [igiban]
Mar 13, 2006 (10:30 am)
'Other than a label of 'Type-S' I can't tell 03 TL from 03 TL type-S from the outside. Why Type S 'especially' then?'
They are actually several physical features that are different on the S-
1).Wheels- much better than those star fish wheels on the base model
2)17" on the S compared to 16" on the base
3)The seats are different
4).The type S badge as you mentioned
Things you cannot see but feel-
1).The 260 horses compared to the 225 on the base
2).The sports tuned suspension compared to the soft suspension on the base.
I love this car but we are going to have to go our seperate ways this coming summer.
#200 of 223 tl vs avalon?
Mar 13, 2006 (9:42 pm)
I chuckled when I saw the thread title. Do people seriously cross shop the two. I drove both before buying the TL but drove the Avalon before I decided on an entry level sport/lux sedan. I thought the Avalon and TL were worlds apart in every department. I saw the avalon as an upscaled camry/maxima and the tl more inline with the Audi's (between an A4 & A6), new Passat, Beamer(between an 3 & 5), infinity and lexus sedans, despite the obvious fwd vs awd and rwd performance differences.
I would be interested to see what others are thinking..Do most of you see the handling, quality, trim and styling of the TL as closer to the Avalon or as closer to the entry sport/luxury sedans?
#201 of 223 Re: tl vs avalon? [glenn386]
Mar 14, 2006 (9:27 am)
People cross shop everything these days, but I totally agree with you. In looking at the two cars, it seems that shoppers looking for a touring car would prefer the Avalon's ride, and those preferring a sportier drive would opt for the TL. The Avalon is a good ride - for my mother-in-law.
When I crossed shopped, I looked at the entry level sport sedans from Infinity, Lexus, Audi, and VW (Passat). The combination of sporty exterior, ride, handling, interior, and price of the TL won out for me. Some of the others had better handling or power, but for me the TL had the best combination of looks, features and price.