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You are in the Acura TL
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Toyota Avalon, Sedan
Jun 05, 2005 (8:48 am)
Acura hit a home run in 2004 with the TL new looks, however they really dropped the ball with the RL, it looks exactly like an Accord.
Regarding a TL vs Avalon comparison is strange IMO. But I was considering an Avalon because it's a lot car for the money and my past experience with Toyota was so positive - ultimate reliability.
Bottom line is that a new silver TL is in the garage
Jun 09, 2005 (1:26 pm)
You are quoting the older model GS300.
The new GS packs around 240 horses.
#80 of 223 Re: Car Comparison [wwang025]
Jun 09, 2005 (5:33 pm)
I think the Avalon stacks up very well against the Lexus E330. I actually like the exterior of the Avalon than the Lexus, great new look. You pay for that Lexus label.
Jun 09, 2005 (5:35 pm)
However, my wife hated the Avalon, so I bought her a TL and I love the car. She wanted a more sporty car for her lead foot.
#82 of 223 Re: However [frisconick]
Jun 10, 2005 (5:31 pm)
Count your blessings man!
I've posted a long time ago on this issue. Sold wifeys Avalon with intent on getting a TL. She drove the TL and the Lexus ES....she is now driving the ES. Although she is younger than me by a couple of years she did get old on me. My driver is a Corvette Z06!!
The TL is drop dead georgeous; great performer/great handling and all the toys one would want....EXCEPT, per wifey, "The Lexus rides nicer and is so much quieter".
I really didn't lose the battle as I am very impressed with the Lexus "for cruising the interstates", which is generally when I drive the car.
That being said, they are really two different cars, the TL for performance/handling and the ES for quiet cruising.
One has to pick his poison!
#83 of 223 Re: However [gbjerke]
Jun 10, 2005 (6:17 pm)
"One has to pick his poison!"
You mean cars, or wives?
#84 of 223 Re: However [bodble2]
Jun 11, 2005 (6:23 am)
LOL---how about I say BOTH!
#85 of 223 Re: However [gbjerke]
Jun 11, 2005 (1:07 pm)
LOL, I was so pleased that my wife chose the TL over an Avalon, and we did test drive the Lexus, and it felt just like our old Camry - didn't want to pay for an expensive Camry-like Lexus. My wife so disliked the Avalon she didn't even want to test drive it.
#86 of 223 Re: Can't decide [williamhill]
Jun 13, 2005 (8:38 pm)
I am a proud owner of an 05 Avalon XLS, but when I read your post, I thought, "Is this guy serious?" The Avalon has not broken the 6.00 seconds to 60mph in any published article, and the TL outhandles (slightly) all Avalon models, including the Touring, and I know this from driving them back to back from one dealership to the other on two separate occasions. If you don't trust my judgement, read the auto mag articles published on the TL over the last two years, and compare their comments and numerical data findings to the articles penned on the Avalon at this time (relatively few so far).
You'll find no head-to-head comparison - yet - but the TL consistently posts slightly higher slalom speeds and produces slightly higher G's than the Avalon, but the Avalon easily outbrakes the TL (honda underspecs their brakes and tires - why? I do not know any other reason than to save $ while capitalizing on quality/reliability reputation). Where did your info come from? If from an article, let me know which because I haven't read it yet.
Styling is normally considered subjective, but I've not read one article praising the Avalon's looks (most say "nice" or improved, somewhat sporty), but every article I've read remarks on the TL's good looks, calling it handsome, Alfa-Romeo-like, a fine Italian suit - never a lukewarm or derogatory comment. Personally, I like the Avalon's looks, but feel the TL's are better.
P.S. that 5.7 second run to 60 by a TL was probably done by one with a manual tranny, and because Avalons don't come so equipped, you should use numbers produced only by automatic-equipped TL's (which can only benefit the Avalon).