TL Acura has a little more displacement, a little higher compression
and more top-end horsepower, uses premium gas, includes all the
goodies you can order on an Accord, another year of warranty, and a
nicer badge. I'd have to check to see if it runs on a slightly
lowered suspension or has lower-profile tires, probably both, those
are the tricks they used in the past. Maybe more/strong sway bars.
It still won't handle like the Beamer. I think 90% decide between the
Accord and Acura on the badge. I went Accord this time because with
the 4-banger engine burning regular gas, it was suffiently cheaper and
still plenty fast enough for my purposes.
But I keep looking longingly at the beamers ...
Before getting our TL, I had three BMW 5 series cars. Two 540s and a 530,
all new, and leased for three years each.
Aside from handling, where you are entirely correct, the TL is much more car
for the money, at about $15-20,000 less. It's even slightly larger inside
So if you want to race, get the BMW. If you want to drive a nice-looking and
well-appointed car and save enough money to buy all new furniture and
appliances for you home, get the TL. ;-)
Larry J. - Remove spamtrap in ALLCAPS to e-mail
"A lack of common sense is now considered a disability,
Has many horsies cheap.
I dunno, if I could drive any car on the planet for free, but I
actually had to drive it on the freeway a couple of hours a day, I
might just go for a BMW M3. Or a Bentley. Or an Accord. At 15mph,
it doesn't much matter, and I like smaller cars.
And if I have to pay for gas and insurance, the Accord goes way up on
the list. Much less service. Though it's not way up on the list of
"chicks dig it". I guess that's why you end up with a TL!
The two vehicles share a platform, but the sheetmetal, interior and
details are different. TL gets a slightly higher power engine and
needs premium fuel. The TL is a very nice entry/mid luxury vehicle
tuned for comfort more than the BMW. If you love BMW handling, you
probably will not be happy with a FWD car. The TL also has far more
interior space than any BMW 3-series, the dimensions are more like the
Try 'em all and buy what you like.
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