Saturday, March 24, 2007

Acura TL

Not satisfied with just being good-looking and well-equipped, The 2005 edition of the Acura TL bespeaks smoothness, inside and out.

The interior is thoughtfully laid out, nice healthy analog knobs where needed, and buttons large enough not to miss. The navigation system is simply the most useful and (more important) easy to use. The seating is very comfortable fore and aft with good cargo space under the fully retracting trunk lid.

Now that is how instruments should be illuminated! My theory is that some eager young design engineers keep showing automotive managers artists renderings of "cool and sexy" all-red instrument ilumination. On paper, maybe. In real live driving situations, you can have your blurry dashes. Besides, a red indicator should be indicating a problem.

We had a gas with the 270-horsepower, 3.2-liter V6 which provided plenty of power at any engine speed. The automatic transmission is absolutely seamless; you'll have to concentrate to notice gear changes. The steering and handling are precise without being hyper-sensitive. It's all been carefully balanced. It is quite simply an effortless drive - winning plaudits equally from male and female drivers and passengers. Don't you dare think about sports sedans without including the Acuras.

Engine Type
3.2-liter, SOHC VTEC V-6 Horsepower,
SAE Net 270 hp @ 6200 rpm Torque,
SAE Net 238 lbs-ft @ 5000 rpm Redline 6800 rpm Bore & Stroke
3.50 in x 3.39 in (89 mm x 86 mm)
Displacement 196 cu in (3210 cc)
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Induction System Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Valvetrain Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTECÔ),
4 valves-per-cylinder, belt-driven, single overhead camshaft
Engine Block Aluminum alloy with cast in iron cylinder liners
Cylinder Head Aluminum alloy
Emission Control Electronic Emission Control –
CARB LEV-2 ULEV/ EPA Tier 2-Bin 5
Ignition System Direct ignition system with knock control system
Alternator 130 amp. max Battery 12V,
maintenance free
Recommended Fuel Premium Unleaded, 91 Octane
Layout Transverse mounted, front engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmissions 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift
and Grade Logic ControlorClose-ratio 6-speed manual transmission
with helical gear limited slip differential Ratios (:1)
Manual Transmission1st 3.9332nd 2.4783rd 1.7004th 1.2505th
0.9756th 0.770Reverse 4.008Final 3.285
Automatic Transmission1st 2.5632nd 1.5523rd 1.0214th
0.6665th 0.480Reverse 1.846Final 4.428


Body Type All-steel unit body Front Suspension Independent double-wishbone
with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension Independent multi-link, double-wishbone with coil springs
and stabilizer bar
Shock Absorbers Gas-pressurized with Progressive Valve technology,
front and rear Stabilizer Bars
Automatic TransmissionFront: 1.0 in. diameter 0.18 in.
wall thickness (25.4 mm) x (4.5 mm) Rear: 0.67 in. diameter,
solid (17.0 mm)
Manual TransmissionFront: 1.07 in. diameter 0.20 in wall thickness
(27.2 mm) x (5.0 mm) Rear: 0.79 in. diameter, solid (20 mm)
Steering Type Torque-sensing, variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Steering Ratio 15.4:1
Steering Wheel Turns (lock to lock) 2.77
Turning Circle (curb to curb) 39.7 ft (12.1 m)
Wheels 17 x 8 JJ cast-aluminum alloy Tires P235/45R17 93W Bridgestone
Turanza All-Season235/45R17 93W Bridgestone Potentza High-Performance
(optional for models with 6-speed MT)
Braking System Dual-diagonal, power-assisted, 4-wheel disc brakes
with ABS Front Discs
Automatic transmissionVentilated, 11.4 in (300 mm) diameter;
1.1 in (28 mm) rotor thickness
Manual transmissionBrembo ventilated, 12.2 in (310 mm) diameter,
0.98 in (25 mm) rotor thickness
Rear Discs Solid, 11.1 in (282 mm) diameter; 0.35 in (9 mm)
rotor thickness
Total Swept Area Front: 242.4 sq in² (1564 cm2)
Rear: 169.9 sq in² (1096 cm2) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
3-channel system with 4 wheel speed sensors and electric/hydraulic
control Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system
Throttle control and brake control utilizing yaw, lateral g,
speed and steering sensors for traction control and stability enhancement
Traction Control System (TCS) Incorporated into VSA

Crankcase 4.2 US qt (4.0 L)
Cooling System A
utomatic Transmission8.6 US qt (8.1 L)
Manual Transmission8.3 US qt (7.9 L)
Fuel Tank 17.0 US gal (64.7 L)
Volume Passenger 97.9 cu ft
Cargo Cargo w/ Navigation System 12.5 cu ft 12.3 cu ft
Total w/ Navigation System 110.4 cu ft110.2 cu ft

FUEL ECONOMY EPA Fuel Mileage – City / Highway
Automatic Transmission20/28Manual Transmission20/30

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS Wheelbase 107.9 in (2740 mm)
Track, front 62.1 in (1577 mm)
Track, rear 62.0 in (1576 mm)
Overall Length 189.3 in (4809 mm)
Overall Width 72.2 in (1835 mm)
Overall Height 56.7 in (1441 mm)
Minimum Ground Clearance 5.8 in (148.0 mm)
Non-Load 4.4 in (111 mm)
Full-Load Curb Weight
Automatic Transmission3575 lb (1621 kg)
Manual Transmission3482 lb (1580 kg)
w/ optional Acura Navigation System
w/ optional high performance tires
w/ optional Acura Navigation System
and high performance tires 3582 lb (1625 kg)N/AN/A 3489 lb (1583 kg)
3491 lb (1584 kg)3498 lb (1587 kg)
Weight Distribution (% front / rear)w/ optional
Acura Navigation Systemw/ optional high performance tiresw/
optional Acura Navigation System and high performance tires
Automatic Transmission 61.4/38.6 61.2/38.8N/AN/A
Manual Transmission60.0/40.059.9/40.160.0/40.059.8/40.2

Front Head Room 38.7 in (984 mm)
Leg Room 42.8 in (1088 mm)
Hip Room 55.6 in (1412 mm)
Shoulder Room 58.3 in (1482 mm)
Rear Head Room 37.2 in (945 mm)
Leg Room 34.9 in (887 mm)
Hip Room 53.8 in (1367 mm)
Shoulder Room 55.7 in (1414 mm)

Vehicle 4-year / 50,000-mile limited warranty Outer Body Rust-Through
5-year / unlimited-mile limited warranty Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC)
with roadside assistance 4-year / 50,000-mile

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