• Oct 20, 2008
Acura's new corporate fascia hasn't gained the affection of the automotive press, not to mention our commentators. And to make matters worse, not only is "The Shield" employed on the MDX, TSX and TL, it's expected to infect the rest of Acura's lineup into the next decade.

We're still far from convinced that the new nose was a smart move, but we've conceded that it doesn't look nearly as bad on a silver TSX, matching the lines and the color to slightly better effect.

An Acura dealer seems to have a similar idea, and after taking delivery of one burgundy TL, had the grille painted to match the rest of the exterior. While it's an improvement, we'd love to see something similar to the 2009 Legend's schnoz retrofitting an Acura emblem in place of the Big H.

[Source: Acurazine via Motive]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who sees Camry here?

      Still, beats the shield.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The SE Sport Camry looks really good in red :)"

        And 2 posts away you called a classic Dodge Challenger ugly. . . ooooooookkk
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pengwin, that looks pretty damn sexy, but what's the mod? Isn't that the stock look?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Dave t.
        is Ab where you get the info to post at cars.com, and by the way i love cars.com its where i used to go before i found AB. now i go to both. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        JDMlover, if you think the Camry looks good, it's time to visit the optometrist.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RPM,
        Ah, you are right. MY photo has been photoshopped with the black paint. That is a subtle change which isn't that bad.

        Crackberry Addict,
        We have a rather large editorial staff here at Cars.com and do our own reporting as well as linking to others. But I've been a loyal reader of Autoblog since before day 1 ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Dave.

        If you noticed I never said it was my photo, i never said i edited it, i merely said "im a bigger fan of this mod". So before you jump the gun next time please, it makes someone, a professional, like you look like, frankly, a dumb-arse.

        That said, would you like to know where I found the picture?
        Simple really, autoblog posted the source of the information which is " [Source: Acurazine via Motive] " and if you head over to Acurazine you will come across post number 40, which just so happened to have that picture. I guess you should go yell at/sue/badger/harass/make false claims/attempt to tarnish the reputation of "Code3forJC". It is a bit impractical though seeing that his profile says he's in Long Beach, CA, but you seem to have more than enough time on your hands if you can scour the internet looking to see who "stole" your photos. I'll shut up so you can see the post for yourself now:

        http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10078965&postcount=40

        And thanks for the compliment, I thought I did a good job too! Makes the two of us.

        You folks at Cars.com must be a hostile bunch, up in arms over a mildly photoshopped picture, no wonder I read Inside Line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, instead of old bland, its new bland
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never been a big fan of bras on cars. Acura's are definitely the exception.
      • 6 Years Ago
      shoulda sprayed over the rest of the shiny schnoz....
      • 6 Years Ago
      can't say i like this but it's definitely much better
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still looks like a can opener.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was looking for a good comparison and you hit it square in the kisser. I think the body color panel is an easy improvement, cost about $150 at union shop rates. The design is echoed throughout the overall design, and isn't out of character with the rear, especially. I'd like to see more interiors with trim using the exterior color to integrate the design. Terrible logistics for the factory, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was one of the harshest critics of the way the new TSX looked, but in person it really doesn't look that bad... still, I like this face lift a lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ummmm...that picture that pengwin posted isn't a real "mod" it's a photoshopped picture from the acurazine forums (not 100% positive but like 98.2% sure.)

      http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm132/gsxgirl916/tl006.jpg

      that's a real painted grill in a dealership just like the burgundy colored one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't mind the cartoony proportions of the car, what bugs me is that beak.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is an improvement, however it is still ugly. If you buy the TSX you can opt to get the Euro Honda Accord's grill which looks better, however I don't see that a Honda Legend's grill will fit on a TL, an RL maybe, but not this car. I think the shield should be painted a gloss black so it would blend in even more, especially with the honeycomb grill. I am really scared to see what the NSX's front grill will look like... Yikes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks great. Only on certain colors though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      something about Pig and Lipstick comes to mind... And I like the rest of the car... Can't put a bag over this one's head...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a great loss, considering Acuras have never been lookers.
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