2006 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Performance Tires, Nav System (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
This is a great looking car with Acura reliability. I have a '97 Acura CL with 223,000 miles and the thing just keeps going. I have owned the 2006 TL for over a year and have enjoyed driving it, but the biggest downer is it comes nowhere near the advertised fuel economy. Check the forums online and you'll see other owners saying the same thing. This is the main reason I'm rating this car 3.5 stars and not 4.5 stars. Its way over 250 hp and with that power and weight you aren't going to get great gas mileage. The quandary here is that similar Accords do get very good mileage, and my TL isn't getting close to what is advertised. I'm getting 16-17 in the city and only 19 combined. If I do take a rare highway trip its around 25mpg, but the downer is the city driving, I feel like it should be at least 20 mpg. Take this into consideration when buying. Acura is one of the only car manufacturers that had a Sirius XM receiver as stock in 2006, this is a huge plus! The stereo is also pretty awesome for stock radio, even includes a subwoofer. If you like keeping your paint perfect, the touch-up paint for the White Pearl model straight from Acura is a complete joke & will drive you nuts fixing little marks & dings. Its not even close to a match due to the two-tone nature of the treatment. You'll be spending hours to get one nick the right color from one or two base coats of white and then a dozen or so of the stupid pearl top coats to get the darkness to match because the base coat is way way too light. What every happened to the simple days or just one coat of paint in a touch-up tube that matched pretty well? The dual climate control works but doesn't work well if the passenger wants it warm and the driver wants it cold, the workaround is you have to turn the temp up really high on the passengers side to get warmer air to come out that side if the driver is pumping the AC. This is true in my car even though both sides have their own digital temperature control. Weird.
A final complaint is you can lightly hear the interior creaks and noises when going over speed-bumps doesn't seem quite as solid as you would think from an Acura. You only notice this when driving along in a quiet car with the radio off. Nothing serious, but my 97 CL doesn't have this problem.
The real selling point of this car is looks and reliability, if you can do with the weak MPG this might be the car for you. Its fun to drive, will impress the neighbors and is a real rocketship. If you can find a black interior, do it - stays much nicer looking if you have kids.
I owned a 2006 Mercedes benz c230 and had one prob after the next, engine was very noisy check engine light came on, had bad fuel press reg, and injectors, the abs stopped working, and the trans always got stuck in gear, and this car only had 40000 miles, I traded in on a 2006 acura tl, and this car tops it, it may be kinda noisy but it noo big deal, this is a great car, not as smooth as a benz, but a lower price tag, and easy to get parts on work on, get this car!!!
2006 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Nav System (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
For years, my kids heard me say "see that TL over there - THAT's the one I want". Now it's more like an unspoken "I love my car" (I bought it last summer). I love the 2004-08 body style - those before and since just don't have that same sleek, wedge look (the groove was so iconic that recent Accords copied it). All my research pointed to the 2006 being the most reliable of the bunch too. You ever get *exactly* the car you want and never, ever look back? Yeah, it's like that.
Styling (mine is white with tan interior)
"Cockpit" - legendary ergonomics and comfort
Mileage really isn't too bad (it's the same as my 2004 Accord V6 EX-L at about 23mpg overall).
Did I say "styling"?
Handling - in typical Honda/Acura fashion - this thing goes right where you point it - no slip, no play, no wash - just "right there".
Power - no, it's a Mustang GT 500 or even a new Challenger but it will get you out of a jam in a hurry (and feel as comfortable at 80+ as 55).
What's with the cassette player instead of an iPod or similar connection?
(We are well past the '80s, guys.)
My Accord has an "elevated" accelerator pedal (and "throttle by wire") which is much easier and comfortable to use than this bottom-hinged job.
The NAV system is less-than-reliable (I know maps get out-of-date but my screen flickers all too often and no, it's not the disk...). I have read that this the most troublesome area in other reviews...
Leather - especially the front - could use some improvement - mine has "muttled" prematurely in spite of as-dark-as-possible window tint.
The armrest power socket lacks a slot for the cord if you want to leave your gadget *out* of the tray.