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TL Tech SH AWD
Pros: AWD handling
Cons: noneOutstanding car. Listed for $42,900, paid $37,000. The SH AWD sold me on the car. The ride, handling and S drive with paddle shifters makes this a four door performance car.
Pros: bluetoothexcellent driver, reliable
An astonishing value!
Pros: Hard drive Sound System
Cons: TransmissionPrice range is about $42K. In this range, one expects some luxury, connected drivability, and comfort. On drivability, the SH-AWD is remarkable in keeping the car headed in the right direction whatever the driver does. I would not buy this car without the SH-AWD, it's that good. My only complaint is that the 5-speed auto is not quite up to the task; I believe a 6-speed is needed. I average about 24mpg, which is acceptable for a 6cyl auto with 305hp. The interior is 'nice', but suffers from the normal cost-cutting measures; i.e. dashboard that are black regardless of the interior color chosen. The sound system is second to none (get Technology Package). I will never again buy any car without a hard drive sound system. The Nav system is very good. Would like a better lower back cushioning. Overall, a lot of capability in this price range. You can spend a lot more than this and still not get the features and capability of the Acura TL SH-AWD.
2005 Acura RL
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: road noiseI have owned the RL since I purchased it as a certified used car. It is alot of fun to drive and is very comfortable, the only item I have a problem with is the road noise from the tires. I have Michelin A/S Sport tires and they seem to be noisy on alot of road surfaces.
Pros: Tech pkg. ( Nav/Hard Drive)
Cons: MPG( still breaking in though,I hope) Voice ActivationAggressive styling, not like everything else. Great mix of Luxury/Performance. Love the Tech pkg. Heated seats are nice, but should be cooled as well. Love the 'DC-10 Cockpit' as my friend called it, @ night with all the lit up buttons( and yes I like ALL of the buttons).