2005 Acura TL User Reviews

2005 Acura TL Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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"ride" 15 reviews
"power" 13 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
"brakes" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"fwd" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"radius" 2 reviews

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Absoultely excellent acceleration, braking, styling, and handling! Sound system is great too!

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Front seats need more padding, weird occasional vibration in tires, lots of squeaks (from a Honda!), dash turns a ashy grey (need special cleaner to keep it looking good), No Aux connection to sound system

AlAlAl
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Fast, Fabulous, But A Sqeaks A Little Too Much For A Honda — Bought this car when my 95 Accord had 300k miles. Honda now has 430k miles and this car is my toy. I like the style inside and out, acceleration, handling, and brakes are fantastic. Have some quality issues that surprised me for Honda product. Glad I got this style before they changed it. No plans to sell it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sporty looking yet luxurious. Love all the buttons on the console, cockpit feel, you are in control of everything. Love the acceleration feel.

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Not too much of a fan on the colors

CalebTL
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The Perfect Luxury Sports Sedan — This ageless car will continue to look great in the years to come. It's unique design makes it feel relevant to the current time. It's attractive look will always make heads turn. Driving to a dinner while listening to classical music will make you feel elegant. Opening the sunroof with the windows down will make you feel free and joyful. Stepping on the gas pedal with a purpose will make you feel as a racer, as the engine roars into competition. The Acura TL is for those that like to embody their multi characteristic instincts at the press of a button ... or pedal.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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after 9 years was only in the shop  for routine maintenence what a reliable car

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that they do not make this body style anymore

c6z51vette
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Reliable Fun Sporty Car — I bought this after having a 2003 TL it is truly a ports sedan handles above it's weight class reliable never in the shop still looks like a contemporary car great for trips got 30+ on the highway enough power

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fuel costs are low

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I had to replace the transmission but post that I have had no issues

shirleyyoung
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Vera;s Report Card — I loved this car. I usually trade every two or three years. However, with Vera, I enjoyed her so much and her handling is so good I have had her just shy of 10 years. New TL was too expensive for the life style I choose to live now but would recommend them to anyone.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Color, Bluetooth, styling, sound system

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turn radius, no ability to stream audio

Ghost2004
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Sexy Family Sedan With Punch! — I like this car and the 2001 TL I owned. You will be impressed when you get out the car about how many times you take a look back at the car. The styling paved the way for many cars you see on the road today.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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stylish, quick, easy to drive, all bells and whistles you could ever want, good economy driving, reliable

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none

Huntandpark
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Perfect Car For Me And Anyone Looking For Sport And Practicality — Could not look for a more perfect overall car between electronics, size of engine, low cost, reliability, space, ease of driving, quality, fun to drive, ease of driving, sophistication, great maneuverability, braking, acceleration, comfort, and overall quality and ability to have fun while driving.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Many luxury options for a reasonable price. Good acceleration, smooth ride

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Trunk Space, no fold down back seat

kjgaret
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The Third Generation Tl Is A Winner — The third generation TL is a good combination of looks, luxury, and low cost maintenance. Acura is known for added value for your money and the third generation TL seems to have the perfect mix of sporty feel, luxury options, and low cost of ownership. Acceleration from the 3.2 liter V6, is nice with quick pickup to cruising speed when entering a highway on ramp or passing other vehicles. No need to worry about power. There is plenty of it available (270HP) to the driver whenever it's needed. Acura requires premium gasoline for this enging, and that may make some buyers shy away from this car, but I'm a firm believer in the fact that if you pay for the premium fuel in this engine, you will not have the problems that others have in some competing luxury brands. Braking seems confident, but not too "grabby". It's generally a smooth process to slow the car, however it will come to a stop quickly if you need it to. There is an abundance of seating room in both front and back. The leather is of nice quality and the heated front seats work well. Seating is comfortable in both front and rear. The only possible area of issue would be legroom for a passenger in the back behind a taller driver. The heating and cooling work efficiently and seemingly without much effort. There are dual climate settings to adjust for each individual in the front seats. The Acura Hands Free Link is supposed to be extremely easy to use with a cell phone; unfortunately I am unable to get my specific phone to work with it to try it. I hear from others that it is very convenient. Too bad that there are still bluetooth profile and pairing incompatiblities in 2013! The stereo with XM Radio and a multi disc changer works flawlessly. The sound is fantastic and the multi speaker setup (Including subwoofer) provide an amazing aural soundscape. I would say that this is a major highlight of the car. The only additional feature that I was hoping for in the stereo, was the ability to play back mp3 files from disc. Apparently that ability was added in later model years. There is really only one area that I wish could be improved, and that's cargo space. There is plenty of room to carry things like groceries and bagged items in the trunk, but trying to put in several large suitcases or any extra bulky items can be difficult. Also without a folding rear seatback, many longer items are basically impossible to move in this vehicle. Sure there's a pass through, but I'm not a skier and about the only thing else I could see fitting through it would be a couple fishing poles. I wouldn't give this generation of the TL a failing grade by any means, but I really believe that a folding rear seatback would help go a long way on improving the overal cargo carrying ability. Reliablity is first rate for Acura products and I have experienced just that. The visual appearance is a winner and looks classicly attractive without being over the top with styling cues. Build and quality of materials is excellent. Overal the 2005 Acura TL is a very nice mix of features for the price. It has many luxury options without paying an excessive cost to enjoy them.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fantastic car, no issues whatsoever.  I left Acura for BMW for 12 years and came back in 2005 with the TL.  Wise choice!

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If it were rear wheel drive, it would be perfect

PeteA
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2005 Acura Tl, The First Of The Best Looking Tl's — I bought it new and regularly maintained it. Other than a couple of recall's, have never had an issue. I run 89 octance and the performance is just as good as new. Brakes have been outstanding, handling is great (rear wheel drive version would be killer).

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Love the looks, inside and out.  Love the combination of decent handling with ride.  Love the sound system.  Love the comfortable, grippy seats.  Good for long rides.  Love the neck snapping acceleration, and great breaking. Handles well too for what I'm used to, and I'm used to Honda Prelude handling (my other car).

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Don't  love that it has a cramped rear seat given that it's a midsize sedan sharing a platform with the Honda Accord.(sucks with a child seat, and that's if it's in the middle.)  I'm dreading movign the seat to one side, as we'll most likely have to move the passenger front seat forward now.

Don't love that the trunk isn't deeper.  Would love to put a stroller in depth-wise, as opposed to sideways (well, any stroller larger than an umbroller, anyway)

Don't love that the rear seat doesn't fold down to connect to the trunk. (all cars should offer this, as it creates a lot of utility when needed)

Don't love that it requires premium gas (again, based on the fact that it shares an engine with the Honda Accord).  I can understand if it works best with premium performance and mileage-wise, but it shouldn't be a requirement to prevent engine damage.

Don't love that interior fit and finish is spotty (lots of squeaky interior body trim pieces that were replaced under warranty (7 or 8 so far).

Don't love that my model year has no input jack for MP3 players/phones.  All I can do is burn CR-RWs for my CD player to make a playlist.

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Still Love It, Warts And All. There Are Very Few Vehicles I Loves The Looks Of Inside Abd Out, And — Car has a nice balance of handling and ride, good for long trips (at least for front seat passengers Love the looks inside and out. Great pickup and breaking. It's been fairly reliable, but my 1998 Prelude has been way more so, despite being a non luxury branded vehicle and being 7 years older.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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This car is a solid car that is a great value for the money, and very fun to drive.

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The only thing i dont like about this car is its massive 40ft turning radius.

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Rocket Ship — `This car is a rocket, luckily i got one of the very few manual tl's out there before the year where the engine was refined. 0-60 in less than 6 seconds in a family/luxury sedan out of a 3.2 liter is quite good for the size of it. The brakes are far better than those of the average car because they're 4 piston brembos; they have kept me out of a lot of accidents with the idiots who inhabit the road. Handling is pretty good for a 3500 lb car, but there is some understeer and torque steer when your punching it. The build quality is phenomenal, not one thing is broken and its a 6 year old car. the nav is a little out of date, but generally gets you to where you want to go. Mechanically this car is bullet-proof; besides the gearbox problem with all hondas. This problem can, however be solved with a simple swap of transmission fluid with amsoil. It is the best looking tl in my opinion, and the interior does not appear to be cheaply made. And its optional tech-package gives you the feeling that your in something resembling a spaceship. Gas milage is average around town, but 28 mpg on the highway is very good for a v6 that runs on premuim. Maintenance is on the expensive side, but this car is a acura so that is to be expected. This car feel rock solid, while still having that amateur racer feel to it, so it is very fun to drive, athough it is notorious for its clutch being hard to learn.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2013 Acura TL Reviews

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2010 Acura TL Reviews

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2009 Acura TL Reviews

Beautiful To Look At But Power Is Lacking By jaykfromstatefarm

I love this vehicle. It's beautiful to look at and has great features. However the power in this car as opposed to the car I had before was as different as night and day. My old car as FUN to drive an... Read More

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2008 Acura TL Reviews

Stylish Sporty 4-door By GenesisTrack12

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A Real Looker, Good Daily Driver, Nice Tech Upgrades Over Accord By philipjfry27

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