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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TOV Road Test, TL
Create Date October 13, 2003 08:00
Last Update November 13, 2003 01:00
2004 Acura TL - Introduction

Seattle - Sept. 2003

It's been several years since Acura announced it was once again going to establish performance as a hallmark of the brand. While the Integra/RSX and NSX have always formed great bookends to a performance-oriented lineup, the sedan lineup has been rather uninspiring. The Type-S flavors of the CL and TL models were Acura's first shots at fixing this problem, but as it turns out, they were only stopgap measures designed to temporarily satiate enthusiasts' appetites for performance. With the brilliant TSX setting the tone for the new generation of Acura perfomance sedans, things are indeed looking up.

This renewed direction for Acura rests on a platform supported by three pillars: Dynamic Design, Exhilarating Performance, and Precision Craftsmanship. Compared to the outgoing model and its top competitors, the '04 TL certainly delivers on all three counts. Additionally, there seems to be an unmentioned fourth pillar: Class-leading Value. You can fiddle with the numbers all you want, but at a sticker price of $32,650 (+$545 destination, as of Oct. 2), there's really nothing that can touch the '04 TL in terms of performance, quality, refinement, technology, and overall value for the price. Go ahead and get in line to buy one now.

The 2004 TL is already trickling into showrooms, and last month we were afforded the opportunity to put some miles on several preproduction examples. I participated in a 2-day program hosted by Acura in the Seattle area, where I was drenched in details surrounding the 2004 TL. This program consisted of several hours of presentations, direct discussions with TL development engineers, and a good bit of seat time on the road and Pacific Raceway (formerly known as Seattle International Raceway)

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10-22-2003 01:03
Trading in my 540i   (Score: 2, Insightful)
ElwoodCat
10-22-2003 18:44
Re: Trading in my 540i   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-29-2003 22:02
Re: Trading in my 540i   (Score: 1, Normal)
KIWICanuck
03-04-2004 00:56
Re: Trading in my 540i   (Score: 1, Normal)
retired
12-04-2003 11:26
Comments from Jeff needed after the C&D attack!   (Score: 1, Normal)
KIWICanuck
01-14-2004 20:21
Re: Comments from Jeff needed after the C&D attack!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
10-18-2003 19:26
Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
drjgorman
10-19-2003 12:29
Re: Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
Atomic Frog
10-19-2003 13:16
Re: Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
PGH
10-19-2003 15:33
Re: Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-19-2003 20:44
Re: Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
Atomic Frog
10-21-2003 02:32
Re: Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
digital_b
12-04-2003 11:30
Re: Just had my first test drive   (Score: 1, Normal)
KIWICanuck
10-13-2003 12:48
Solid German Alternative   (Score: 1, Normal)
Tom Atkian
10-16-2003 16:11
Re: Solid German Alternative   (Score: 1, Normal)
Atomic Frog
10-21-2003 02:28
Re: Solid German Alternative   (Score: 1, Normal)
digital_b
11-11-2003 23:37
Re: Solid German Alternative   (Score: 1, Normal)
surepal
10-13-2003 19:35
Every Honda should use the TL's gauges.   (Score: 1, Normal)
babyvoxfan
10-14-2003 01:23
Re: Every Honda should use the TL's gauges.   (Score: 1, Normal)
TN707
10-14-2003 12:21
Re: Every Honda should use the TL's gauges.   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-14-2003 13:52
Re: Every Honda should use the TL's gauges.   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-28-2003 18:45
Re: Every Honda should use the TL's gauges.   (Score: 1, Normal)
Slim Shady
10-30-2003 17:23
Re: Every Honda should use the TL's gauges.   (Score: 1, Normal)
babyvoxfan
10-20-2003 00:43
Fog Lights/Daytime Running Lights ??   (Score: 1, Normal)
Allan
10-20-2003 11:48
Re: Fog Lights/Daytime Running Lights ??   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-20-2003 22:39
Re: Fog Lights/Daytime Running Lights ??   (Score: 1, Normal)
Allan
10-22-2003 14:33
Re: Fog Lights/Daytime Running Lights ??   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-22-2003 18:42
Re: Fog Lights/Daytime Running Lights ??   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-13-2003 20:46
Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-13-2003 21:19
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
neuronbob
10-13-2003 21:26
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-14-2003 01:17
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
TN707
10-14-2003 10:39
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
mad_ox1
10-14-2003 12:13
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-14-2003 17:26
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
TN707
10-14-2003 18:48
Re: Issue of headlight-off auto timer...   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-14-2003 19:31
Need Help Finding Aftermaket Headlight- Auto-on/Auto off   (Score: 1, Normal)
TN707
10-14-2003 19:44
Need Help Finding TL Aftermaket Rearview Mirrors, Inside and Out   (Score: 1, Normal)
TN707
10-16-2003 12:23
Re: Need Help Finding Aftermaket Headlight- Auto-on/Auto off   (Score: 1, Normal)
stlgasman
10-16-2003 13:02
Re: Need Help Finding Aftermaket Headlight- Auto-on/Auto off   (Score: 1, Normal)
TN707
10-18-2003 12:08
Re: Need Help Finding Aftermaket Headlight- Auto-on/Auto off   (Score: 1, Normal)
stlgasman
10-16-2003 19:51
Great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
vtechbrain
10-18-2003 07:51
Re: Great review!   (Score: 1, Normal)
RJC RSX
10-14-2003 00:02
Question for Jeff   (Score: 1, Normal)
Sigma521
10-14-2003 06:21
Re: Question for Jeff   (Score: 1, Normal)
Loureir
10-14-2003 11:20
brembo versus standard brakes   (Score: 1, Normal)
Tuan
10-14-2003 12:16
Re: brembo versus standard brakes   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-14-2003 14:06
Re: brembo versus standard brakes   (Score: 1, Normal)
Sigma521
10-14-2003 14:37
volume of 4-pistons vs 1-piston   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
10-14-2003 17:59
Brembo Rotors?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Sigma521
10-14-2003 18:09
yes   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
10-13-2003 12:37
Underside Photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-13-2003 12:45
Website w/n open   (Score: 1, Normal)
Mike Freitas
10-13-2003 13:02
Revised Link   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-13-2003 13:17
Re: Underside Photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
Mike Freitas
10-13-2003 20:39
Re: Underside Photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-13-2003 20:59
Re: Underside Photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-13-2003 22:39
Re: Underside Photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-14-2003 11:16
Re: Underside Photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
need4spd
10-13-2003 21:03
So very true...   (Score: 1, Normal)
dodole
10-13-2003 21:23
Re: that's what I think.   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-14-2003 00:07
Re: that's what I think.   (Score: 1, Normal)
shingles
10-14-2003 01:40
Accord and TL   (Score: 1, Normal)
Ingo456
10-14-2003 07:25
Re: Accord and TL   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
10-13-2003 16:16
Bluetooth phone used for demo?   (Score: 1, Normal)
mook
10-13-2003 16:27
I'm about 99% sure it was Nokia   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
10-13-2003 20:16
Re: Sony Ericsson is workable too...   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-13-2003 19:16
Acceleration differences between 5AT and 6MT?   (Score: 1, Normal)
princed
10-13-2003 19:18
Re: Acceleration differences between 5AT and 6MT?   (Score: 1, Normal)
princed
10-13-2003 20:08
Re: Acceleration differences caused by DBW?   (Score: 1, Normal)
le
10-13-2003 12:35
Review was long in the wait...but well worth it!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
Mike Freitas
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