|Reviewed By||Jeff Sabatini|
|Price as Tested||$35,395|
No longer the blandest of the bland exterior styling; comfortable seats; brushed aluminum knobs on stereo look like vintage ’70s audiophile gear.
Rear suspension is squirrelly; clutch takes up abruptly about a half-inch from the floor; steering extremely indirect; nav system thinks Fort Wayne, IN, is uncharted territory.
What was once a bulletproof, if boring, sports sedan has now become the poster child for putting product planning ahead of engineering. Over-styled and over-powered, the front-drive TL’s nice, new six-speed manual is ruined by horrendous torque steer, courtesy of its 270-hp V6. That the rear end never wants to go where the front end is leading—even if that direction is straight—doesn’t help. Add a typically stupid navigation system to the package and you’ve got a car that looks, drives, and feels like an unfettled tuner car.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Aug 23, 2004