This is my first Acura but it won't be
my last. The car is well built. The
engine is outstanding. The handling
(high speed cornering) is not shabby
either. The car just feels solid!
nit-picks...(1) the leather could be of
higher quality. (2) The glove box is a
joke. (3) the stereo is over rated.
The sound is not as deep as my previous
car. (4) The Engine is quiet, that
cannot be said for wind noise.
That said, this car is still a great
Acceleration & Handling.
Stupidly small glovebox. Smoother
I looked at the previews for 2004 TL
and disliked its overwrought styling.
The present model is elegant and
classy. The TL is well-designed for
long trips, the interior is superb, the
handling is precise. Love the step-
tronic tranny, TL accelerates quickly
with a base engine; I found no need for
type-S. A bargain compared to tiny BMW-
3, or 530, Benz C320, or Inf. I35.
Lexus ES300 looks too much like a Camry
and costs 36K+ with leather. TL is
ultimately the best all-around choice.
I prefer its FWD configuration because
it does much better in CO winters than
RWD found in 2 competing sedans.
Step-tronic transmission (great passing
time), luxurious interior, elegant
styling (newer models have prominent
grills), comfortable pwr front seats.
Cornering and handling, good Mich
tires, safety. Memory system for 2
drivers/2 keyfobs. Great Bose stereo
with 6CD indash changer.
Nothing as of today. The 1999
transmission issues have been fixed for
After test driving the TL type S, I
just have to get one. I was looking
into GS300 and almost took delivery on
one. The handling and horsepower on
the type S is awsome. Sure the brand
new 2004 are coming but the 03' TL type
S is still a great performance car and
should not be overlooked.
260hp, 17in tires, 6cd changers, heated
seats and side mirrors
Would be nice if a rear spoiler is
standard on type S
Hadn't planned on buying this car, but
glad we did. Excellent value for the $$.
Beautiful exterior and interior styling,
much nicer-looking than Accord or
Infinity. I am normally a German-car
driver, but I think this car has an
excellent mix of comfort, handling,
smoothness, power, gas mileage, and
all-around bang for the buck. We get
much better HWY gas mileage than I
expected (~28+ mpg). Very quiet ride.
Feels & drives very safe & solid.
Suspension eats up road bumps like
nothing. Quiet smooth engine, but still
growls when you step on the throttle!
HID headlights are excellent! Very
comfortable on road trips (calms me down
as a driver, even in fast city traffic).
Smooth suspension, but still takes turns
well. Plenty of power for 99% of people.
Great-sounding stereo. Minimal body roll
for a car this size. Memory
seats/mirrors are great.
Not too fond of foot parking brake.
Throttle is a bit touchy in stop-and-go
traffic. Climate control should allow a
VENT-only setting without making me turn
OFF the A/C every time I turn the fan
on. Somewhat cheap-looking interior
plastic wood trim.
I 'stepped down' from a 2001 Q45 to
the 2003 TL, because I thought the 'Q'
was too cumbersome and conservative.
While the TL cannot match the comfort
level and stereo system of the 'Q' it
is almost everything I had hoped for.
I think the TL is an outstanding value
for its price. I paid $26,450 for
mine, and I think it's worth every
Nimble handling, great acceleration,
decent gas mileage, smooth ride, clean
lines. Allows me to fit a second car
in my garage.
Headroom, auto headlights, cupholders,
telescoping steering wheel, lights for