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My 2006 Acura TL Used Car Test Drive from Orlando to Nashville, September 10, 2008

In an earlier post I was writing about the 2006 Acura TL that our dealership acquired on Tuesday, September 9th in Orlando, Florida.

This unit is nice. It is white with ebony interior. It has factory Navigation and the vehicle has less than 32,000 miles on it. It still smells new!!! I decided to drive this one home to Accurate Cars and Automotive which enables me to give you a review.  Every trip back to Nashville, TN gives me the opportunity to see how one of my newly purchased cars drives and what kind of real gas mileage it gets.  It takes me longer to drive back to Middle Tennessee instead of flying but by driving back, I get a real-world test drive of the Honda and Acura vehicles that I buy for our customers.

I started at about 1:00pm EST in Orlando, Florida. The Acura TL was smooth and responsive. The stereo with 6 disc CD changer was also very nice. I filled up the fuel tank in Orlando and started home. My first stop was 205 miles up the road at Exit 5 in Lake Park, GA. I went ahead topped-off the fuel tank, which took  8.12 gallons of premium (93 octane fuel). This indicated that the car was only getting 25.2 MPG, but because the Acura TL is so smooth and quiet, a few times I did look down and I was driving at 85 to 90 MPH. One helpful hint…use the cruise control on the Acura cars otherwise they may get you in trouble. Besides driving a little fast, another thing to remember about the lower than normal MPG on the initial 200 miles of the trip home, was that the temperature was approx. 90 deg. F and I had the A/C  on HIGH.

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The next time that I stopped for a fuel stop was in Ringgold, Georgia. I had been 334.2 miles since the last fill up (see photo below). The fuel tank was not empty…but I needed to stretch my legs. I went ahead and stopped, took a break, and filled up the fuel tank. It took 11.29 gallons of 93 octane fuel. This indicated that the Acura TL was getting 29.6 miles per gallon….I had started using cruise control and I was driving approx. 75 miles per hour.

One final thing that I want to mention about the 2006 Acura TL. The TL is a very nice vehicle and they are not cheap….American Honda does not give these cars away and for good reason. There are not many cars that can compete with it in comfort, power, efficiency and safety. About 60 miles into Georgia, I was approaching a thunderstorm. There was a huge black cloud ahead of me. By the time I got to the area where I had seen the cloud, the storm had past and it was just sprinkling….but here is my point, I was in a construction zone and even at 60 MPH, I hit a tremendous amount of rain water running off from a recently departed down-pour. The water was flowing from the left side of the road across to the right shoulder in streams coming out from the cut-outs at the base of the concrete construction barriers. When the TL hit this road condition, in an instant, the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) activated, which contributed greatly to the vehicle tracking straight and true……The Acura TL is very well designed and is one of the best vehicles on the road today.

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One Response to “My 2006 Acura TL Used Car Test Drive from Orlando to Nashville, September 10, 2008”

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    Honda and Acura Vehicle Buying Trip for September 9th and September 10th | Honda and Acura Used Car Blog | Accurate Cars of Nashville TN Says:

    […] This was the vehicle that I drove home and I will share a little story about that in a later post here. The other vehicle acquired on Tuesday was a 2006 Honda Odyssey with Navigation and DVD. This Honda […]

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