2006 Acura RL - w/CMBS/PAX (50 State)
Pros: Keyless operation
Cons: voice recognition doesn't recognize voices very well
Advice: Buy it!Techie features are lots of fun - adaptive cruise control, auto braking, GPS with real-time traffic, keyless operation. Very solid handling even under heavy rain.
2005 Acura TL - w/Nav System (M6)
Pros: Near perfect balance of performance and comfort.
Cons: Wish it had automatic headlights. (a minor complaint)
Advice: Shop around. I got the best deal in the next state.I got my 06 6 speed with Navi 2 month ago. My first Acura. Previous car was a Lexus IS300. This car doesn't handle quite as sharply as the IS but it's still pretty good. Not nearly as harsh as the IS was. The larger turning circle takes some getting used to. Stereo and Navi are terrific but voice recognition is not perfect. Clutch is light but has this knee in the middle of the engagement that took some getting used to. My biggest beef is that this car is so good that they are everywhere.
2004 Acura RL - (Alaska & Hawaii
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: It's a great buy for the moneyGood visibility. Quite ride. Much more comfortable than my Lexus ES 300 was. Holds the road well and less tire wear also.
2005 Acura TL - (M6)
Pros: overall appearance
Cons: constant rattles
Advice: If you can stand the noise, buy it.I just bought a new TL and I have already had it in the shop three times for rattles in the dash, rattles in the door, and rattles in the back. The service technicians have admitted this is a documented problem with the TL's. I wish I had known that before I dropped $33,000 on a new car.
2005 Acura TL - w/Nav System (A5)
Pros: Long list of standard features
Cons: Dealership experience witth multiple Acura dealers
Advice: Do your homework to avoid being gouged. Make sure you can deal with a firm ride.Clearly the best vehicle in its class. Not quite as precise as a 3-series BMW, but much sharper than the dull offerings from Lexus/Toyota. This is a smart choice. The car comes very well dressed without the need to add options. You get all of the Honda quality, reliability, and praticality with enough luury to make you believe that you are in a much costlier vehicle. The nav system is intuitive and easy to use. The sound system is one of the best OE setups I've ever heard. It just needs a couple hundred watts more power. The ride is taught without being stiff. It may be too firm for some. If a plusher, wallowy ride is your speed, your car is the Avalon or ES 330.
2005 Acura RL - (48-State
Pros: Interior design
Cons: Door chimes that ring when you exit car with auto lights on
Advice: Buy it!I previously owned a 2003 Infiniti M45. This car has much more features standard (GPS, XM Radio, All wheel Drive, rear & side sunshades, etc.) Although the performance is not the same as an M45 the car drives like a dream and I made an incredible deal during the recent huricane. Paid under 40K for a car that listed for $49,700. The M45 would have cost about $9,000 more. You can't get a better car for the money. Decent fuel economy too.
2004 Acura TSX - (A5)
Pros: In-dash 6 disc CD changer
Cons: Heated front seats (I live in Florida, so it's rarely needed)
Advice: Just enjoy it and keep up with the maintenance scheduleI bought the car with 149 miles on it in April of 2004. Now, a year and a half later it has 53,000 miles on it. So far, it's been extremely reliable, comfortable, and economical. It's quiet, quick enough to make driving fun and handles great. There has not been any repairs needed. The stereo works well, the power equipment works like new. The leather seats are in like new shape. I've driven it to California and back to Florida last year. This year, we drove it all through New England and made close to 30 mpg on the highway. Highly recommended!