Big Sporty Value Champ Car
By davidO on
Vehicle2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewI've had my '02 TL-S (non-nav) for some time. Considered BMW 325xi/330xi, Audi A4, Nissan Maxima, Saab 9.3, Lexus IS300/ES300. Acura won by being $10k less than the BMW for the same features and being more reliable. Audi A4 not reliable enough. Maxima not luxury-oriented; Saab to expensive and not reliable. Lexus IS300 is rear-wheel and so not appropriate in the snow; ES300 won't handle -- too soft.
Best FeaturesAcura is so great on the road; firm suspension, great steering, super fast; wonderfully supportive vented seats (perforated leather); nice Bose stereo; so many useful options all included at $0. Back seat is huge. The Acura TL is a true four person car.
Worst FeaturesI thought the handling wasn't good enough (too much sway), so I bought the CompTech sway bars. Makes an *incredible* difference! Turning radius is pathetic, like a boat. Car is big; BMW/A4 much more nimble. Low profile wheels easily damaged by curbs (caution).
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