Northwest NEWS

April 12, 1999


1999 Acura 3.2TL

Test Drive: 1999 Acura 3.2TL

   It only took a few minutes of driving the 1999 Acura 3.2TL to be enchanted. The 3.2TL is a sporty and classically designed front wheel drive sedan, with luxury features and a smooth and pleasurable ride.

   Powered by a 3.2-liter, 225 horsepower VTEC V-6 engine, the test model was matched with a 4-speed transmission and a new suspension design with front and rear stabilizer bars. The 3.2TL has been re-engineered front to back, resulting in better handling, responsiveness, and quietness.

   The automatic steering has a grade logic control so that the car knows when it is on a hill and adjusts the gear ratio automatically for climbing or descending. The sequential sports shift gives the driver the opportunity to become more active in selecting upshifts and downshifts by moving the transmission handle up or down in a special slot. The gear position is indicated in the tachometer display.

   Acura engineers credit their newly designed double wishbone front and rear suspension for the excellent handling. I appreciated the smooth and very quiet ride.

   Larger diameter 16-inch wheels with an upgraded ABS disc brake system make it easy to brake and corner.

   And it is fine, just fine, inside with plenty of room for five passengers, leather throughout, and lots of standard features that include: heated front seats, heated power door mirrors, power sun roof with sliding shade, driver's power adjustable seat, cruise control, satellite-linked navigation system, and Bose music system with steering wheel controls.

   The navigation system is fun. A six-inch color LCD display tells you where you are, and if you can figure out how to enter where you want to go, a voice will tell you the route and help you get there. You can also enter a phone number and it will give that location.

   This is great car for the price!

1999 Acura 3.2TL