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You are in the Acura TL
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#55 of 223 Re: Can't decide [williamhill]
May 06, 2005 (9:19 pm)
I have been considering both cars for several months. I currently have a 2001 TL which has been great. Prior to the TL I had 2 Avalons. So I have had some experience with both cars. I have driven both (XLS and TL w/o NAV AUTO)and they are totally different cars. They are both wonderful machines. The Avalon is a much smoother ride. The acceleration in both cars is great and will get you out of trouble on onto the freeway with no problems. The interiors are dramatically different. The Avalon going for the older crowd (of which I am one), while the TL goes for the FUN drivers (of which I am also). I have read all the complaints on ACURAZINE. Something to remember is that the complaints are from a minute number of owners. I am not saying that the problems don't exist but everything has to be kept in perspective.
To my other observations. Things I liked in the Avalon:
Interior Finish was great.
Ride was smooth and very quiet.
Liked the Temp Controls on the steering wheel.
Quality feel of the controls
Back seat room
Big Center armrest and console
Things I liked about the TL
Exterior design The looks are great
Interior Design, the cockpit feel
The blue dash lights
FUN To drive
XM radio standard
Preset/memory for seats and mirrors
4 year warranty
Mirrors that move down when backing up
Free loaners for normal maintenance
I have not figured out which I will go with yet, but I need to get off the dime by the end of the month.
May 07, 2005 (9:30 am)
Thanks for the feedback! I understand that the problems with the TL is with the 2004, and the 2005 is free of these problems. Also, I trust Consumer Reports. My wife is leaning to the TL, I am leaning to the Avalon, but I believe either car is great. My wife does most of the driving so she might make the final say. However, she has not seen the new Avalon and how great it looks.
#57 of 223 Re: Thanks all !!! [frisconick]
May 07, 2005 (12:44 pm)
I suggest before you make a decision you tell each of the dealers you want to keep the car over a weekend to test drive it. I have a TL with Nav in the driveway now. I am keeping it till Monday night so I can give a good test. I did the same for the Avalon XLS. You can get a good feel for the space, comfort, gadetry and lighting for each of the cars. I am anxious to take out the TL tonight to see if I really like the blue lighting. I have not tested the Avalon with Nav or XM display but I gotta say WOW to the TL gadgets so far.
#58 of 223 Wife's choice is in!
May 07, 2005 (8:12 pm)
We went to the Toyota dealer and my wife hated the look of the Avalon, both exterior and interior. I was shocked, I thought it was great. She disliked it so much she didn't even want to test drive it. So it's back to the Acura dealer for a test drive.
#59 of 223 Re: Wife's choice is in! [frisconick]
May 07, 2005 (10:53 pm)
Your wife is right. Hate might be too strong a word, but I just don't care for the looks of the Avalon, past and present. The best I could say for it is that it is inoffensive, but oh so bland and forgettable --- along the same vein as the Infinite Q45. And of course, if you compare it side by side, or one after the other, with the TL, then it's simple no contest!
#60 of 223 Re: Wife's choice is in! [bodble2]
May 08, 2005 (3:27 pm)
The only valid comparison to the Toyota Avalon would be with the Buick LaSabre, Park Avenue or Lacrosse! Luxury and bland.
#61 of 223 Re: Wife's choice is in! [ed31cincy]
May 08, 2005 (4:36 pm)
Maybe there should be a new thread comparing the most boring-looking and blandest sedans
#62 of 223 Re: Wife's choice is in! [ed31cincy]
May 08, 2005 (7:30 pm)
"The only valid comparison to the Toyota Avalon would be with the Buick LaSabre, Park Avenue or Lacrosse! Luxury and bland."
Actually, I think the 300c is the only legit comparison as it has the same amount of rear seat room and for sure has the horsepower.
Like you stated- those other cars are just too boring and would not bring in the under 35 yr old people.
Buick would need to come out with something like the Grand National but with more luxury to get younger buyers.
I think of my Grandfather when I think of Buick.
#63 of 223 Re: Wife's choice is in! [alphawolf]
May 09, 2005 (9:26 am)
The Avalon is probably a better car than any Buick, but unfortunately, I also think of my grandparents when I think of the Avalon. I don't what it is, but Toyota just couldn't come up with any decent styling for its sedans even if its life depended on it.
#64 of 223 Re: Avalon Limited vs. Acura TL [cafpaf]
May 12, 2005 (9:06 am)
All of you, STOP ALREADY with the Avalon/TL comparison!!! The ONLY similarity between the two is the price! Why not compare it to the RL, or better yet the Infinity M35. The M35 is a gorgeous, elegant car, but still falls short of the Avalon's quiet and smooth ride. There are a few more bells and whistles on the RL and the M35, but for my needs, the price difference is just not necessary. My new limited is a joy to get into each morning, and I even got all the floor and trunk mats, and the infamous little black case for the owner's manual WITHOUT asking for them.