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2003 Acura TL

2003 Acura TL
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The top-selling car in its class last year, the 2003 Acura 3.2 TL is a sedan to be reckoned with. A luxury performance sedan with great interior amenities, plush materials, quality parts and aggressive performance capabilities, the TL is the mid-level offering from this manufacturer.

This year, the OnStar communications system was added to the Acura Navigation System making it better equipped with technological sophistication than ever.

Available Models
The 2003 Acura TL has two models this year, the base Acura 3.2 TL and the Acura 3.2 TL Type-S: a sport model with a significantly more powerful engine. Both models can be purchased with or without OnStar and Navigation.

Interior Features
The 2003 Acura TL has the level of interior content one would expect in a luxury class car rather than the near-luxury segment it is offered for. Items like leather upholstery, automatic climate control, name brand Bose audio and heated front bucket seats are just highlights of an extensive list. The Type-S has no additional interior features but both models have optional OnStar-equipped Acura Navigation System versions available.

Exterior Features
The 2003 Acura TL will continue to an image with crisp lines to accentuate the cars sporty performance capability. This year two new colours are being implemented including Desert Mist, which is replacing Naples Gold, and Royal Ruby, which is replacing Firepepper Red. This means the TL is available in nine exterior colors. Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights will offer drivers outstanding night time visibility.

The base 3.2 TL has a couple of engine choices including a new 24-valve 3.2-liter V6 engine capable of 225 hp at 5600 rpm and, and 216 lb-ft of torque at 6100.

The Type-S is a different story. With 260hp at 6100 rpm and 232 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3500, the sporty Type-S will give you lots of acceleration, speed and easy merging ability. It is only a V-6 but it has Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC(TM)) to maintain optimal power and is ample for this size of vehicle.

The Acura 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission is common to both models. This system allows the driver to enjoy an automatic transmission or shift gears semi-manually in a special manual shift gate.

Safety and Security
The addition of optional OnStar obviously cranks up the safety quotient. However, even without OnStar, buyers will enjoy outstanding passive and active safety technology. This is especially for the Type-S, which comes with the usual assortment of airbags and seat belts as well as active safety innovative systems like antiskid, traction control, a sport suspension and road hugging, low profile 215/50VR17 tires.

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Fast Stats


MSRP from
3.5L VTEC V6
3.2 TL: 225 @ 5600
Type S: 260 @ 6100
5-speed automatic
MPG: City/Hwy
19 / 29

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