Acura TL Type-S – 2007 Review: Something about your kid’s playset just didn’t seem right. All the parts were included and labeled, the necessary tools provided. Unfortunately, as your good buddy Bob pointed out, you were looking at the diagram backwards, hence, what was left ended up right, and vice versa. We’re guessing the same thing happened when Acura assembled the TL Type-S, a car that should be rear-drive, but somehow the plans got mixed up and the folks in the assembly plant mistakenly put together a front-driver. The product of this miscommunication is a sport sedan that suffers from one of the worst cases of torque-steer currently on the market, a shame since this stylish four-door makes for an otherwise appealing package.
What we Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – Buglewicz
The drivetrain in this car is its greatest asset and its biggest liability. It’s a smooth V6 with good torque, excellent high-end power and all mated to a smooth shifting six-speed transmission. But it’s routing all that through the front wheels, dammit, which means a squirmy, lifeless steering wheel in your hands. It’s not too bad in a straight line, but power out of a turn and the TL will try to pull you into the nearest retaining wall. It’s frustrating, because the car is otherwise so likeable: excellent chassis dynamics, attractive styling inside and out, and a good bargain to boot at less than $40,000. The sooner Acura goes rear- or all-wheel drive, the better.
2nd Opinion – Perry
When it comes to my opinion of the Acura TL S-type, I just have to borrow a long-gone but appropriate phrase from the hit television show In Living Color: “HATED IT!!” It’s bad when I can’t wait to get out of a $40,000 car to get back into my Tacoma pickup, and that’s exactly what happened. Issues I have with the TL are excessive torque steer; throttle position that is on or off, with no in between; a clutch that has a narrow engagement range; and light steering. Did I mention excessive torque steer? Yes I did, but it warrants mentioning twice. There are also the millions (OK, I exaggerate) of unnecessary buttons and switches on the dash and steering wheel.
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry