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You are in the Acura TL
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Acura TL, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#116 of 165 Re: Acura TL vs. 2007 Toyota Camry [pat]
Jul 31, 2006 (6:17 pm)
It is all about price! To me, the real price for Acura TL is about $30K. I heard people in the forum talking about Camry SE V6 around $28K (maybe dealer giving out misleading information). If that's the case, I don't mind pay another $2K to get a Acura TL. I never drive the TL. But the Camry just feel like Honda Accord. I did not see the values here. If the Camry SE V6 is around $24K. That probably make sense. But I guess the price will drop, and no need for the TL vs Camry comparison anymore.
#117 of 165 Our personal comparison of the Acura and Camry
Aug 01, 2006 (9:06 pm)
Me and the wife just bought a 2007 Camry so obviously we liked it better then the others we looked at.
We test drove the VW Passat, Honda Accord, Acura TSX,TL, Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300.
Since this thread is only about the Acura and the Camry I will stick to those two.
We took both machines on the same test drive, which was a freeway test, and a back road test between Ashland and Medford. A turning test in a parking lot for steering and a break test on a gravel road.
Both cars did well on the gravel brake test doing what they could at not sliding on the rocks.
The backroad test revealed that the TL seems to have a stiffer ride and a bit twichy on bumpy roads with corners and pot holes. I also own a mod'd Mustang that rides kind of like that, I guess on the "sport" side its good, going for more of a luxury feel, we didn't like it.
Freeway test was close the camry is a lot quieter on the inside then the tl again, not a lot but it was quieter.
Freeway test 2 was passing, we came up on a car at 80 mph and then punched it, the camry promtly dropped gears and took off upto 110mph before we backed off and went around. The TL also promptly dropped gears but just didn't have much left to gain speed.
Parking test, we took it to the same parking lot drove the wrong way up the parking section (slanted parking stalls) and then make a turn to park right next to another car. The camry made the turn into the stall perfect, the tl crossed over the next slot, we tried that 3 times, couldn't hit it.
I don't think you can go wrong with any other them, you are going to get one of the best built auto's in the world. This was just my experience.
#118 of 165 Re: No Comparison [elroy5]
Sep 06, 2006 (5:48 pm)
I'd tend to agree that the TL isn't a direct competitor to the Camry SE... for the extra price and upmarket name... Toyota's Lexus IS 250/350 or Infiniti's G35 would be the direct competitor. Just a thought.
#119 of 165 Our personal comparison of the Acura and Camry
Sep 07, 2006 (6:26 am)
I think the Camry SE is closer to the TL - (VS the LE, XLE, CE)
The big strike against the Camry was the weak AC system. We drove 4 different Camry's all had the same weak AC. The TL blows ICE cubes.
If the Camry SE would have had a better AC it would have been hard to pass it up.
I bought the TL so I don't have anything against Acura (or Honda) - but do not see the Acura brand as anything special (as in upscale).
#120 of 165 Re: Our personal comparison of the Acura and Camry [z71bill]
Sep 09, 2006 (1:18 pm)
"The big strike against the Camry was the weak AC system. We drove 4 different Camry's all had the same weak AC."
Interesting to hear that. My 2005 SE-V6 also has what I would call a weak AC system. Doesn't get nearly as cold as my wife's Highlander. Takes quite a long time to cool the car down on a hot day.
Sep 12, 2006 (11:21 am)
Bought a Mazda3 back in January 2004 - the AC is very weak - as a result all this - I am very aware of weak AC.
We test drove on a very hot day - but it took 15-20 minutes before the car even started to cool off - since many of our trips are short - a quick cold AC is a must - I live in Houston.
#122 of 165 Canadian price comparison
Nov 11, 2006 (9:47 am)
List prices, without dealing anywhere yet, Camry SE V6 optioned up before tax is $36,945, (after tax $43,452). The TL is $44,088 before tax, so a $7000 premium. I've driven the SE V6, great engine, not so convinced about the front stack design, and maybe I'm to self concious to drive a Camry yet. I'm trading a RSX, so appearences do matter. Interesting results on the black book value site, when I plugged in my RSX details and compared the TL ans Camry with same year and kms...
2003 RSX 39,000 km = $17,700 to $19,550
2003 TL 39,000 km = $14,650 to $16,900
2003 Camry SE V6 39,000 km = $14,700 to $16,000
So my RSX holds it's value better than either the TL or Camry. I paid $27,000 for it.
Anyway, I'm off to test the TL this week, along with the G35 and IS350
#123 of 165 Camry SE abd Acura TL driving experiences
Nov 18, 2006 (7:03 am)
Drove the type S as well yesterday, here are my thoughts on the 3 cars I drove (car would be for my wife);
Engine, great grunt, great sound!
Interior, imo decent dash, ugly front stack, which in the dark lights up in this horrible pale blue, what's wrong with red, orange or dark blue? Also the plastic fake chrome looks very cheap
Driving experience, Good, transmission seemed to kick down propmptly when floored
Engine, Doesn't feel and sound quite as powerful as the Camry but seems to get up to speed quickly
Interior, Great looking dash, nice front stack, feels like quality
Driving experience, Good, handled very well
TL type s auto
Engine, Sounds and feels like the most powerful of the 3, virtually launches itself when you put the pedal down
Interior, Great looking dash, nice looking guages, too bad you have to take the navigation package in the type S
Driving experience, Good, handled very well, not sure how often I'd use the paddle shifters
The type S of course looks the best, they've done a nice job with the quad exhausts, grill work and gauges. The type S didn't feel like it was going to ride much harder than the regular TL, both felt more forgiving than the RSX we are trading. Slight wonder on the reliability and maintanance of the type s vs regular TL. Don't need a navi package but have to take it in the type S.
The Camry motor feels great, but that front stack just jars me, not sure if I could live with it.
Put the TL interior in the Camry and then you'd have an under the radar, well priced sports sedan!!
#124 of 165 Re: Camry SE abd Acura TL driving experiences [sbtatter]
Nov 19, 2006 (8:17 pm)
The TL is an aging sedan (as well as the TSX). You're comparing a 2007 model to basically a 2004 model (the base TL). When Acura does their redo of the TL (and the Accord/TSX) try your comparo again.
#125 of 165 Which car will last longest without problems
Dec 22, 2006 (7:19 pm)
I have a 95 CE camry with 212,000 mile and is drive hundred miles a day on freeway. This camry hasn't given me any problems really. Wondering if the acura TL can be run into the ground like the camry without man vehicle issues? What do you think, which car will will last lonest without nickel and diming?