I love Honda and Acura. I have owned everything from the CR-X, CR-V, Civic, Accord, TSX, RDX, and MDX. Out of this long list of cars, the TL is right up there with the MDX as the Acura best of the best. In terms of performance, price and reliability nothing beats it.
Strongly considered moving into a BMW 335 xDrive or C300 series MB and moving away from Acura after some boring experiences. However, the standard options, performance and cost of ownership cannot be beat by the Honda/Acura line up.
If you want sport performance the MT is a must! Honda has the best clutch and throw feel shifter and can hands down blow you back into your driver's seat. The 19" wheels hug the road, smooth, fast!
The 6spd MT is a Honda/Acura specialty and gives this car a soul. Excellent interior speaks of quality and the sound system is tops. Love the ergonomics of the shift knob, fits in hand very naturally. Hill assist is bonus.
USB and iPod interface very modern.
High Performance tires a very nice addition for those wanting the most of the MT and SH-AWD.
Rear head rest fold down! Love it.
Dash is very crowded with too many buttons to really "see" what you need right away.
No blind spot warning lacks behind other cars in class.
Lack of color to dash and gauge lighting is Accord-like in feeling and a bit cheap, accents of blue or red as with TSX would add a bit to sport models.
Leather a bit hard and not pleasant to touch as with other brands in class. Upgrade this for better interior quality and appeal.
Plastic a bit harsh and cheap feeling in some areas, sun glasses holder, front storage bins.
Lack of folding rear seats, heated seats in back.