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While vehicle's driving qualities provide plenty to recommend it, additional exterior and interior standard features only further distinguish TL.
The leather upholstery is comfortable, attractive and complemented nicely by stylishly contoured aluminum trim. Bright electroluminescent gauges and blue backlighting throughout cabin provide a sultry night-driving atmosphere.
Individually heated front seats, sunroof, XM satellite radio, in-dash CD changer with an eight-speaker sound system, voice-recognition navigation system, heated power door mirrors and Xenon HID headlights are all standard.
And, of course, cruise control, multiple driver and front passenger seat positions, air conditioning and individual, front-seat climate controls are also standard.
For front-seat passengers there's ample leg room and plenty of overall comfort. Back-seat passengers aren't as comfortable, with head and leg room slightly pinched. Cargo space is also tight, but styled well. The rear seatback doesn't fold, but there's a small pass-through port for skis.
Just like it has been for past several years, 2005 Acura TL is a nicely combined sport and luxury car with great attention to refinement and workmanship.
It's a perfect car to drive to a late-night jazz club or at to fantasize a similar journey, And it's a perfect vehicle for managing holiday traffic in any kind of weather.
2005 Aura TL
Safety features -- Driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags; Antilock brakes; Traction control system.
Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 20 mpg (city), 29 mpg (highway).
Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 4 years/50,00 miles; Corrosion, 5 years/unlimited miles; 24-hour roadside assistance: 4 years/50,000 miles.
Base price range -- $32,650-$34,850
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