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2004 Acura TL Mid-Size Near-Luxury Sedan

New Car Profile of the 2004 ACURA TL Mid-Size near-luxury sedan

Description: Mid-Size Sedan
Base MSRP Range: $28,980-$33,480
Invoice Price Range: $26,413-$30,030

In the class of mid-size near-luxury sedans, Acura's 3.2TL takes on airs of European cars, although price points seem downright domestic. The editions of 2004 represent a significant upgrade with fresh exterior styling evident.

Beneath the revamped skin there's a fortified structure with increased torsional rigidity and additional soundproofing around the passenger compartment with new acoustic front windshield glass and more plush appointments in the five-place cockpit. The new gear includes twin zone and dual modes for the automatic climate control system and the Acura/ELS Premium Surround Sound System with DVD-based audio kit, a six-disc CD changer and eight speakers. Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights are also aboard, plus a power-operated glass moonroof and the cabin is trimmed in brushed aluminum accents with perforated leather seats.

Honda's 60-degree V6 engine in the TL displaces 3.2 liters with overhead camshafts and high-tech controls. Horsepower increases from 225 to 270 and there's more useful torque too as directed to a close-ratio six-speed manual shifter or electronic automatic five-speed outfitted with Honda's Sequential SportShift override for clutch-less manual shifts. Safety gear ranges from multiple air bags with standard side curtain-style air bags to Acura's VSA with traction control system (TCS).