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Used Acura TLs in New York will likely benefit from the positive exposure they recently received in a reputable magazine.
In late fall, Consumer Reports asked its 380,000 subscribers whether or not they would buy their car again if they had the opportunity to make the decision a second time. The Acura TL was high on the Yes list, which Automobile Magazine says is unsurprising.
The TL first appeared in 1996 to replace the Vigor and eventually found itself in second place on America’s best-selling luxury sedan chart, according to Forbes. The 2007 TL illustrates Acura’s desire to maintain the vehicle’s popularity, as this generation was built to compete with the likes of the BMW 3-series, Infiniti G35 and Lexus IS – three formidable foes.
Acura was selling roughly 80,000 TLs a year when the first 2007 rolled out of the factory, according to Inside Line. Since the automaker wanted more out the four-door, instead of offering it with a limited list of options for the fourth year in a row, Acura decided to build the TL Type S, a sportier version of the sedan that made the stock model’s 258-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 seem puny.
Although the 2007 Type S came with a motor that was 0.3 liters bigger, a displacement increase the added 28 HP to the TL’s power rating, Acura chose to make some other upgrades as well, reports the publication. First, the five-speed automatic was swapped for a six-speed manual gearbox, in a decision that probably made many motorheads smile. Individuals who couldn’t drive stick also got what they wanted, since Acura mounted F1-style paddle shifters to the steering wheels of some of its TLs.
Under the hood, Acura considered more than size, says the news source. The engine found in the 2007 Type S wasn’t only bigger, it was also better built. Acura, a subsidiary of Honda, took advantage of its parent’s VTEC technology, which outfitted motors with high-lift and long-duration cams. Combine those with cold-air induction, a dual-stage intake manifold and a heavy-breathing exhaust system, and the Type S wasn’t only faster than the TL, it sounded angrier too.
Japanese car enthusiasts might start paying more attention to used Acura TLs in New York and elsewhere when they learn of the Consumer Reports survey. If the publication’s research inspires car shoppers to buy a Type S, it’s likely their readers won’t regret the decision.
A used Acura in New Jersey was recently involved in an accident that damaged eight Rent-A-Wreck vehicles.
Robert Casiano of Sayreville went careening into the parking lot of a Rent-A-Wreck business in his 2003 Acura on November 30, according to The Star-Ledger. Rent-A-Wreck is the oldest and largest used car rental company in the world, according to the agency’s website.
Local detective Jeremy Berry said Casiano’s accident occurred at around 1:45 a.m., reports the publication. His car smashed into four Volvos and then knocked over a telephone pole that fell on four other cars. The force of the impact was such that the Acura’s motor was ejected from the car’s engine compartment and later found nearby on the ground.
Casiano was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, says the news source.
Law enforcement agencies take seatbelt safety especially seriously during the holiday period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign has helped create a seatbelt usage rate of 83 percent.
Casiano’s accident could change the reputation of used Acuras in New Jersey.
Used TSXs in New York could be back in style when more people learn about the Acura wagon that is about to hit American shores.
The Acura TSX has always been a hot car. In fact, its sales in 2004 were only marginally lower than they were in 2008, according to HondaNews.com. The success of the TSX has been such that Acura is now planning on bringing the sport wagon edition to the U.S., according to CNET.com.
Drivers who prefer sedans over wagons will want to know that a base model 2004 TSX equipped with a manual gearbox generally sells for under $13,000, according to Edmunds.com. This car came equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that put down 205 horsepower at the wheels. That sort of muscle is rather impressive for a naturally aspirated motor of this size. This engine is a great performer that doesn’t consume too much fuel or severely damage the environment.
While drivers who want Acura wagons will have to wait until next year to pick one up, shoppers looking for used TSXs in New York can head to the dealership tonight.
Buyers looking for used cars in New York may be following the precept of many consumers, who are forgoing new items for used and second-hand goods, according to a USA Today report.
“We’re seeing classic recession behavior,” Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wachovia told the news provider. “People are trying to get more value for every dollar they spend.”
Kiplinger’s agrees with trying to get the most out of one’s purchasing power in a recently released report on best used car values.
They say that a used Acura TL was one of the best in its class for two years, and the 2006 model offers “quality and reliability,” for a price range that’s $10,000 less than what it retailed for when it was first released.
Edmunds.com editors agree, noting that the car is “enjoyable to drive” and has a well-appointed interior and strong V6 engine that combine for a “pleasant blend of ride comfort and fun.”
With just under 260 horsepower going to the wheels, the EPA estimates that with combined city and highway driving, the used Acura TL would still go for nearly 360 miles on a single tank.
Most people, especially in today’s economy, would think that buying a luxury car is out of their price range. But AOL Autos says there are a number of luxury used cars that can be had for under $30,000.
The website lists a number of Acuras including the 2005-2006 MDX, the 2007 RDX and the 2006-2007 TL, which it says used car buyers might be able to find in the Type S package featuring a 286 horsepower, 3.5 liter engine.
A new fully loaded Infinity G35 is going to go for over $40,000, but AOL Autos says a slightly used version is going to dramatically cut down on price and while it’s a sedan, it still has some considerable power with the manual boasting 298 horsepower.
According to the website the one luxury used car that can do no wrong is a Lexus of any kind.
“Bottom line, given the [Lexus’] reputation for high-end luxury, quality and long-term dependability, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the above-named Lexus entries,” said the website. “And all have plenty of engine oomph and luxo-line amenities.”