2009 Acura TL Review

2009-acura-tl We all knew a brand new TL was due, since Honda recently redid the Honda Accord that the TL is based on.  Sure enough, here is the 2009 TL –  traditionally Acura’s best selling vehicle.  I say traditionally, because we may have some problems this time around.

Sure, performance is up – the base engine puts out a solid 280 HP.  If you opt for the SH-AWD ( Super Handling All Wheel Drive ) version, you get a larger 3.7 liter six banger that puts out a hefty 305 HP.  This thing will move, and won’t have any trouble in the twisties.  G35x – look out.  And the pricing is about right – $35k – $42k.  If it’s putting out the numbers and is priced right, what’s the problem?

Have you looked at the 2009 TL?  Take a minute.  It should jump right out at you.  Yes, that.  The new Acura grille.  The abomination that is Acura’s new face.  I could get over the mildly funky rear end.  I could even get over the 8,000 buttons in the center stack.  But that face I cannot get on board with.  On the other hand, if silly things like looks don’t bother you, you could do a heck of a lot worse than the new TL.  Honda reliability, serious performance, and super AWD?  Maybe the face isn’t so bad after all.

2009 Acura TL Specs

  • 280 HP 3.5 liter V6 with FWD
  • Optional 305 HP 3.7 liter V6 with SH-AWD
  • 5 speed automatic transmission
  • Estimated price range: $35,000 – $42,000
  • EPA Says: 18 MPG city / 26 MPG highway

2009 Acura TL Reviews

2009-acura-tl-2 Left Lane News reviews the 2009 Acura TL and writes – ‘The noteworthy feature of the SH-AWD was how competent it was when responding to an unexpected change in camber or curve radius. With most high-performance cars, even the new M3, when things change unexpectedly, you’ve got to be prepared to drive the car; though they are capable of handling issues that might arise, they don’t actually help the driver. In contrast, the modulated torque to each wheel in the SH-AWD actually pitches in to help you handle anything you encounter.’

Cars.com reviews the 2009 Acura TL and writes – ‘The one car I compared the TL to the most was the new Cadillac CTS because of their relative sizes, aggressive looks, similar prices and available all-wheel drive. I drove an all-wheel-drive CTS the week I returned from testing the new TL, and realized pretty quickly that the TL SH-AWD certainly would be my choice over the Cadillac. The CTS is just as harsh over rough roads, but doesn’t handle nearly as well as the Acura.’


Published on August 25, 2008 in Acura

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