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Acura TL vs Honda Accord

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  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Ya, my 06 accord rides well too, but it is a little bumpy. I really like the stiffer ride, but on some bad roads, it totally is not fun, you'll feel it all. Someone had told me that they preferred the S2000 over corvettes and several other cars, because of the S2000's fun factor. He in fact just bought out his lease. You know what, it is really hard to find that car that has the huge fun factor! That is what we all look for.
  • This is a valid question. Many differences are outlined below. I looked at an Accord as well but had to pass because it was too big. I have a shallow garage due to some cabinetry on my side and I personally prefer smaller cars. The TL will barely fit but not the accord.
    I just wanted to point out that the pricing is not as different as it appears. Since the Accords are new, they are less discounted. For example, the TMV pricing is:
    Accord V6 EX-L with Nav
    MSRP = $30,895
    TMV = $30,000

    TL with Nav
    MSRP = $36,940
    TMV = $34,427 - $2000 incentive = $32,427

    If the difference was $6000, it would be a tougher call. With the difference in reality being about $2500, I would have to say the better value is the TL. You could also skip the Nav and get a TL for the same as the Accord.

    Others pointed out differences. I have to admit I didn't study them too closely. The TL benefits included:
    - better warranty
    - HID lights (often nearly a $1000 option if available but standard on TL)
    - dual zone climate controls
    - more advanced trip computer
    - better quality interior finish
    - electronic parking aid
    - memory seats (seats, mirrors, steering wheel and even climate settings)
    - cassette??
    - 8 speakers vs. 7 in
    - reverse tilt side mirrors
    - rear/turn LED lights
    - DVD Audio, DTS CD's surround sound 8 speaker system.
    - remote entry with driver recognition

    These are just some of the things. Most are minor but they do add up to a quality presentation. Even with features both cars share, there are often subtle imrovements in quality with Acura. For example, they both have Tire Pressure monitors. The Accord will show a low tire icon light. The Acura will actually show you which tire and what the pressure is per tire. Both have a moonroof but Acura has auto open/close auto reverse and keyoff operation. Both have variable wipers but Acura is speed sensing. There are also several areas related to chassis, brakes, suspension, etc. that are improved in the Acura as well.

    Don't get me wrong, the Accord is a great car but if you focus on details, the Acura really does outshine the Accord. The question is how much more money is the Acura worth. There are also some Accord advantages being a new model such as folding rear seats, more space, slightly more HP, lower weight, regular unleaded., better gas mileage.

    Good luck with your comparisons.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Others pointed out differences. I have to admit I didn't study them too closely. The TL benefits included:
    - better warranty
    - HID lights (often nearly a $1000 option if available but standard on TL)
    - dual zone climate controls
    - more advanced trip computer
    - better quality interior finish
    - electronic parking aid
    - memory seats (seats, mirrors, steering wheel and even climate settings)
    - cassette??
    - 8 speakers vs. 7 in
    - reverse tilt side mirrors
    - rear/turn LED lights


    For the sake of being detail minded, I'd like to make a couple of corrections to your list if that's ok.

    The turn signals on the TL are just red bulbs, not LEDs like the taillamps.

    Also, the Accord has been available with dual auto climate controls since 2003, even before the TL had them I believe.

    One more thing, wouldn't the TMV include rebates and discounts? Maybe a HOST can answer this for us? I honestly don't know.
  • Someone clarified the dual zone climate controls in an earlier post:
    Basically, Dual zone/single mode (Accord and TSX) versus dual zone/dual mode (TL).

    I probably should have included this as part of the similar feature but slightly better in TL. I was also going off memory too. Thanks for clarifying the lights. I misread that and you are correct it is just the rear lights.

    I've had different experience with TMV pricing and rebates. Sometimes they look like they are included and sometimes not. I also look at carsdirect.com to get a feel. I'm in the middle of car shopping right now so am quite familiar with what prices are going for with TL's and Accords. The quotes I'm getting as well as others for a base TL is around $30K-$30.5 which includes the $2000 rebate extended until 3/3.
    The TMV price is about 32K which would indicate that the rebate is not taken out. Cars Direct has a price of $30.8 and does include removing the rebate. There is a link to "incentives" on the TMV pricing results that show the $2000 Marketing Support to the dealer. I was told it expired end of January but looks like it goes through March 3rd. I'm still pretty sure the TMV price does not remove this amount though as yesterday the TMV price was the same but there was no link to "Incentive." A host could confirm though.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    I am thinking it is more expensive to own an TL, than an accord, gas, insurance, and overall price, they offer a better lease deal, but in the long run, it is still more costly.
    Now, a tsx is little closer to the accords value, and is a really good bang for the buck.
    I have also looked at other cars, like VW's, Acura, and I still say you can't be the Honda's over all value. Although Acura is Honda.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Someone clarified the dual zone climate controls in an earlier post:
    Basically, Dual zone/single mode (Accord and TSX) versus dual zone/dual mode (TL).


    I always get that wrong - thanks for correcting me!
  • beatlefredbeatlefred Posts: 14
    I have an '05 Accord EX-L (4 cyl, auto, desert mist metallic) that I bought new in October '04. Its in great condition and only has a little over 18K miles.

    I was thinking about upgrading to an '06 TL (in either white or black, and prefer it to to be under 35K miles). I've never driven a TL before, so I was wondering how much of a step up it would be from the Accord I have. I guess a test drive at a local dealership here in the New York city area would show me how much I like driving it (as opposed to my only looking at them on the road and admiring how nice they look :)

    Can anyone give me some idea of what a good trade-in exchange would be? What would be a reasonable price for my Accord, and a reasonable price for an '06 TL. Bottom line: what is the difference in price between them?

    And which dealer in the NY area would be the best place to get a good dela on a trade-in?

    Thanks,

    Fred
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Dealing with a trade-in, at a dealership, I think you would be spending about $10k for the upgrade (with similar mileage to your Accord). I think you could do much better on "private party" deals though. Maybe $6k
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Wow! I guess you don't drive that much! Just 18K miles. With ultra-low mileage cars, you never get close to what they're worth on a trade-in. Much better to sell privately, even though that's a royal pain in the butt.
  • hpetershpeters Posts: 1
    No, My Accord V6 EX had a single CD, While my TL has a 6 CD Changer.
  • gene103gene103 Posts: 47
    Let me guess. You wrote your reply 13 years ago and remembered today you forgot to hit Post My Message.
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