Acura TL

It is well worth noting that the Acura TL is the second best-selling luxury sedan in the United States behind only the BMW 3-Series; not to mention, it is Acura's best selling model in their line of vehicles. The Acura TL was introduced to the automotive community in 1996 as a replacement to the Acura Vigor, and as an entry-level luxury car. The success of the Acura TL is so remarkable considering the tough competition in that specific market segment. Others in the same segment include the Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Buick Lucerne, Infiniti G35, Cadillac CTS, Audi A4 and the Jaguar X-Type among others. In fact, the TL was so successful and well received that Acura was further inspired to release a smaller entry-level luxury car (the Acura TSX) to attract even more consumers. March 28, 1995 marks the first time the Acura TL rolled off the assembly lines. It made its star appearance in 1996 with a 2.5 L 176 hp (131 kW) SOHC 20-valve 5-cylinder engine or available with a 3.2 L 200 hp (149 kW) SOHC 24v V6 engine. The difference between the 2.5 L and 3.2 L merely came down to consumer preference of style. The 2.5 L could be best described as sporty; meanwhile, the 3.2 L appealed to luxury. The 2.5 L however was dropped from the line leaving a 3.5 L to carry the model to its heyday. Japanese customers are driving the vehicle under the Honda Inspire name, which incidentally is manufactured in Marysville, Ohio and imported to Japan. Regardless, the 2006 Acura TL was awarded Consumer Search's best 'Sports sedan with luxury touches' in the Best Luxury Cars category in September 2006 and was also awarded 'Best blend of sport and luxury' in the Best Sports Sedans category in June 2006.