Completely redesigned for 2009, the Acura TL boasts bigger size and bolder styling, more powerful engine, and high-tech features and gadgets. Acura TL photos reveal a significant departure from previous designs. The base model 2009 Acura TL with front-wheel drive is powered by a 3.5L V6 that produces 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive 2009 TL SH-AWD has a 3.7L V6 that generates 306 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both Acura TL models come standard with a 5-speed automatic that includes auto-manual steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Fuel economy for the 3.5-liter TL is 18 mpg city and 26 mpg hwy, while the SH-AWD gets 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy. The 2009 Acura TL comes with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front restraints which gives is a good safety rating. For the 5-speed automatic transmission, Acura TL standard features include moonroof, duel-zone adaptive-climate controls, power front seats, and paddle shifters.Read more Read less
Acura's mid-size luxury sport sedan, the TL, has been completely redesigned for 2009. Based on the all-new Honda Accord introduced last year, the new TL is larger, more aggressively styled and sportier than before. Especially of note is the new all-wheel drive model, incorporating Acura's performance-oriented SH-AWD system and a more powerful 3.7-liter V6. The model, as before, serves to showcase some of the luxury automaker's top technology features, including AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather.
Distinctive styling; roomy interior; ride quality; high-tech features
Thanks to its more aggressive styling, the new TL stands out in its class; its two separate models now cater separately to comfort-oriented buyers and performance enthusiasts. And although prices are not especially low, the sum of technology features that the TL offers is better than most other mid-size luxury cars. Resale value has been impressive on the TL.