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You are in the Acura TL
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Acura TL, Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#4 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon
Mar 14, 2005 (4:01 pm)
These are, IMHO, two different cars that may appeal to two different groups of buyers. The TL is smaller and is no where near as quiet as the Avalon. Having said that, I test drove the 2005 TL twice (I use to own a 2002 TL Type S - previous generation to the 05) and found that the newer TL had more road noise and a tougher or more firm ride than the Avalon. The TL is considered a near Luxury but, IMHO, the Avalon is so much more a better car in terms of comfort, ride, styling and speed. The TL, IMHO, has a better navigation system and also offers Blue Tooth technology (I do wish the Avalon offered Blue Tooth). Other than that, these are fine cars, so I suggest you take both out for long test drives and decide for yourself.
#5 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [dan41]
Mar 14, 2005 (6:28 pm)
I have no doubt the Avalon is a more luxurious, plush ride. Afterall, it's Toyota's flagship.
But I doubt any potential TL buyer would seriously cross-shop the Avalon, because I think any TL owner cares at least a bit about having some style to go with the substance, and the Avalon continues its tradition of eye-watering styling. It is just a awful, awkward, gag-inducing excuse for modern automotive design.
It is so bad it actually makes the Camry look decent.
#6 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon
Mar 14, 2005 (6:30 pm)
I too think these two cars are going to be cross shopped quite a bit, because they are in the same price point, and in my opinion, they are both near luxury cars. The TL has it over the Avalon in Navigation and Bluetooth, which I love. The technology on the TL is second to none. The Avalon has a more limo like ride. The TL a bit more sporty, although, I think the new Avalon looks pretty elegant.
The Avalon Navigation from what I understand is okay, but not up to Acura Standards. I am not sure if voice command works very well or not with the Avalon. Bluetooth is not available, but I have read about some after market kits. So, maybe it could be added. The roominess and elegance of the Avalon are pretty cool. Two great cars, a tough choice between the two.
#7 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [bmwdoug]
Mar 14, 2005 (9:00 pm)
Nice comparison..The one advantage that sold me on the Avalon is the fact I'm 6'2, and the Avalon has much more room. The tech. is great in the Acura, but the looks and ride are by far better in the Avalon. I was willing to give up the perhaps better Nav. and Bluetooth for this car.
#8 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [ronn]
Mar 14, 2005 (10:43 pm)
ronn, how would you rate the audio system in the Avalon?
To my ear, the Scheiner system in the TL sounds better, especially with DVD-A discs?
#9 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [priggly]
Mar 14, 2005 (11:30 pm)
I have not gotten a chance to hear the audio in the new Avalon, but I do know Lexus ML is just as nice as ELS in TL. Avalon's might not be as good as ML I'd guess. I'll say this tho: if someone thinks Avalon actually looks sharper than TL from the outside (mild shock to me), then Avalon overall would most likely fit that person's taste better.
#11 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [priggly]
Mar 15, 2005 (5:28 am)
I like the audio system in my Avalon..I did not have CD's with me when trying out the TL, but I find the Avalon system to be great...I use CD's most of the time...I am thinking of adding the XM
#12 of 223 Re: 2005 Acura TL vs. 2005 Toyota Avalon [igiban]
Mar 15, 2005 (5:31 am)
This someone thinks the Avalon is sharper looking than the TL. I do not like the chopped off look that the TL has. Avalon much sleeker lines..that of BMW. The front is better looking also in my opinion.Tried the RL also...still find the Avalon the better car
#13 of 223 CAR SIZE
Mar 15, 2005 (5:47 am)
One of my biggest reasons for the purchase of the Avalon was not only looks, but the room it has. I was looking for a car where friends can sit in the back without touching the front seats. I am 6'2, and the TL is much smaller inside. I did not have near the legroom in the drivers seat, and the Avalon has much more space in the back.