2003 TL New Car Test Drive
Acura's TL strikes an excellent balance on many levels. It delivers quick acceleration performance, style, and comfort. The base TL comes with a powerful 3.2-liter V6 engine, a nicely balanced suspension, a rigid chassis, and classy good looks.
The Type-S model boasts a more powerful V6, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch V-rated tires, and an electronic stability program. It's quick and fun to drive, with a level of rawness that gives it character.
For 2003, the OnStar communications system has been added to the list of features for models with the optional navigation system.
Acura TL is available as two models: TL and TL Type-S.
TL ($28,980) comes fully loaded, and retails for less than many of the other cars in its class. TL offers a strong value. It's powered by a 3.2-liter single overhead-cam V6 rated at 225 horsepower and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Sportshift, a semi-manual mode that lets the driver manually select gears.
TL Type-S ($31,330) boasts a 260-horsepower version of the same engine. Type-S comes with an increased steering ratio and a firmer suspension. It also comes with Acura's Vehicle Stability Assist, an electronic stability program that uses anti-lock braking and traction control to keep the car from sliding.
Acura's DVD navigation system, or NAVI, is optional ($2150) and includes OnStar.