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2009 Acura TL Tech AWD

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  • Stock#:
    8553
  • VIN#:
    19UUA96539A006700
  • Engine:
    3.7L V6 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    White Diamond Pearl
  • Interior Color:
    Gray
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Automatic
  • City MPG:
    17
  • Highway MPG:
    25
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2009 acura tl

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.7
131 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (86%)
4 Star - (11%)
3 Star - (2%)
2 Star - (5%)
1 Star - (12%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.8
COMFORT
4.7
INTERIOR
4.8
RELIABILITY
4.9
VALUE
5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Acura addressed customer requests in its full redesign of the 2009 TL; it's now bigger, quicker and easier to maneuver at slow speeds. However, its controversial styling could be a hit or miss with consumers.

What's New

The 2009 Acura TL has been completely redesigned. It's bigger than last year's model and boasts a more powerful V6, available all-wheel drive and new technology features.

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PROS

Tons of user-friendly high-tech features, spacious cabin, smart all-wheel-drive system, superb available surround-sound stereo.

Introduction

From now on, there will be no more chicken-(expletive) designs from Acura. At least, that's what one company official tells us. Acura's new goal is to be bold and brash, with aggressive lines and audacious details. The 2009 Acura TL accomplishes just that. Gone is the previous TL's wedge shape with side cut lines, replaced by prominent wheel arches and a new-look front end dominated by a shiny alloy grille. Some say the grille resembles a guillotine, or a vegetable slicer. Folks have gotten creative in their derision, but as BMW has proven, changing the status quo with a bold new styling direction can pay dividends. Acura is hoping to follow in those footsteps.

Underneath the midsize TL's radical new styling is a car that addresses many key customer complaints and requests. There's more interior room, a more powerful V6 engine, new technology features and lighter steering weighting to help with parking lot maneuvers. There are also two TL models available: the base car and the more athletic SH-AWD model. The latter's name indicates the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that manages the model's 306 horsepower (the base car makes 280) by eliminating torque steer and providing impressive cornering abilities. Though last year's TL Type-S and its available manual transmission are no more, the SH-AWD carries on most of that car's finely tuned performance characteristics.

Like all Acuras, the TL is a showcase for the latest automotive gadgets. The base car comes standard with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, and the optional Technology Package is a cornucopia of electronics goodies. An excellent hard-drive navigation system, real-time traffic and weather forecasts, adaptive climate control and a superb surround sound system will have technophiles playing around in their car while it's parked. Given the TL's price, it all comes at quite the bargain and Acura predicts most TLs will be so equipped.

Our opinion of the 2009 Acura TL varies depending on the model. The base TL with no options is really nothing more than a dressed-up Honda Accord V6, and as such, it's not the best choice. The Technology Package makes it slightly more persuasive, but we really think the SH-AWD model with its more powerful V6, better handling and all-wheel-drive traction is the one to get. But there are many other choices in the entry-level luxury sedan game such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G35 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, along with non-luxury choices like the Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima and Volkswagen CC. Acura's new TL stands out thanks to its roomy interior, competitive price, high-tech features and reputation for reliability, but we certainly suggest taking a good look around as each vehicle here has its own area of appeal.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Acura TL is a midsize luxury sedan available in base and sport-oriented SH-AWD trim levels. The base TL comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a sunroof, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear ventilation controls, eight-way power front seats with heating and driver memory functions, a tilt-telescoping steering column, leather upholstery and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Also standard is an eight-speaker stereo with in-dash six-CD changer, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio connectivity, auxiliary audio jack, USB port and dedicated iPod interface.

The TL SH-AWD adds all-wheel drive, a more powerful engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded brakes, more aggressively bolstered front seats, upgraded metallic trim and upgraded leather upholstery with contrasting stitching.

The Technology Package available on both trims adds a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic, real-time weather forecasts, GPS-linked and solar-sensing adaptive climate control system, keyless ignition/entry, a rear spoiler, rearview camera and a 10-speaker Panasonic/ELS surround-sound system with DVD audio and 12.7 GB of digital music storage. All TLs can be equipped with more aggressive tires, while the SH-AWD can be equipped with 19-inch wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

The base model 2009 Acura TL is front-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 hp and 254 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive 2009 TL SH-AWD gets a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 306 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive system is capable of transferring different levels of power to individual wheels to maximize traction and grip through turns and in inclement weather. Both TL models come standard with a five-speed automatic that includes automanual steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Fuel economy for the 3.5-liter TL is 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, while the SH-AWD returns 17 city and 24 highway.

Safety

All 2009 Acura TL models come with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front restraints.

Interior Design and Special Features

Along with the litany of standard and optional high-tech features, the 2009 Acura TL features a thoroughly high-tech design. The center stack juts out in a waterfall fashion toward the driver, which puts climate, audio and navigation controls right at hand. The steering wheel also features a number of buttons for audio, cruise control, the trip computer, Bluetooth and the Technology Package's large number of voice commands. With either trim (and its subsequent LCD display), a direct iPod interface is standard and one of the best available.

Interior quality and craftsmanship are quite good, but some may feel that it lacks the luxurious, glossy wood ambiance of competitors like the Lexus ES 350, Cadillac CTS and Hyundai Genesis. In particular, TLs without the Technology Package feature cheaper-looking metallic trim and audio switchgear, which gives the cabin the impression of belonging to a snazzied-up Honda Accord. On the flip side, the SH-AWD model's available two-tone color scheme, higher-quality alloy trim and contrasting stitching are a nice touch.

The TL's cabin is quite roomy, and drivers will appreciate the wide adjustment range for the well-bolstered driver seat. The rear seat is spacious and offers enough headroom for passengers more than 6 feet tall. Large flip-up headrests provide protection for occupants, while clearing rear vision when nobody's back there. The trunk holds 13.1 cubic feet of luggage, a bit less than typical for this class of car.

Driving Impressions

Since both 2009 Acura TL models feature different engines, different drive wheels, different wheel sizes and different electronic steering calibrations, they are very different to drive. The base TL is more for comfort-minded buyers who should find the 280-hp V6 more than ample for commuting. The steering's low-effort response, however, feels decidedly artificial, and the car lacks the previous TL's nimble nature.

The SH-AWD is a different story, as the "Super Handling" part of its acronym proves to be more than just hyperbole. By apportioning more power to the outside wheels during cornering (it's the same principle that makes a tank turn), the TL exhibits excellent grip and control. The SH-AWD TL's electric steering also exhibits more weighting and feedback, resulting in a more natural feel. It's not as communicative as the old TL's power hydraulic steering and the car doesn't feel as agile, but the newfound maneuverability at lower speeds is a trade-off most consumers should be happy to make. In addition to the inclement weather benefits of all-wheel drive, SH-AWD also allows for the model's 306 hp to offer lively thrust without the torque steer.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Climate Control
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Sun/Moonroof

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • HID headlights
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Start
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation System
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • Hard Disk Drive Media Storage
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Seat Memory
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
Value Added Features
  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • (2) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • 3-point seat belts
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped collapsible tilt & telescoping steering wheel w/audio, cruise, phone, multi-info display, voice recognition
  • 3.7L SOHC PGM-FI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution, brake assist
  • 440-watt AM/FM stereo w/MP3/CD/DVD-audio/DTS charger -inc: USB port, auxiliary input jack, speed sensitive volume control, hard disc drive, memory, (10) Acura/ELS surround sound speakers
  • 5-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission w/OD, F1-style paddle shifters on steering wheel, grade logic control, shift-hold control
  • 8" VGA high resolution color display
  • Active front headrests
  • AcuraLink satellite communication system w/real-time traffic, traffic rerouting *Available in 48 contiguous United States*
  • AcuraLink weather -inc: Doppler technology radar maps, 1 and 3 day forecasts, specific area weather, severe weather alers
  • Adjustable rear headrests
  • Advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure
  • Aluminum threshold garnish
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cargo net
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Chrome accented door handles
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Daytime running lights
  • Drive-by-wire throttle system
  • Dual chamber front side-impact airbags w/passenger occupant position detection system
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors -inc: driver card holder
  • Dual stage dual threshold front airbags
  • Dual zone/mode automatic climate control -inc: GPS linked solar sensing climate control, rear vents, air filtration, humidity control, memory
  • Electric variable pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Emergency trunk release
  • Front center console w/adjustable armrest, dual level storage, coin holders
  • Front fog lights
  • Front seat belt height adjusters, load limiters, pretensioners
  • Front windshield defogger
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Front/rear map lights
  • Front/rear side-curtain airbags
  • HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface
  • Heated pwr mirrors w/memory, dual reverse-gear tilt down, integrated directional signals
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Impact absorbing front/rear crumple zones
  • Independent double wishbone front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Integrated dual exhaust outlet w/quad finishers
  • LED back-lit instruments w/progressive illumination
  • LED side marker lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Maintenance Minder system
  • Motion surface body design
  • Multi-info display w/memory, electronic compass
  • Navigation system w/voice recognition, rearview camera *Available in 48 contiguous United States*
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Push button ignition
  • Pwr operated moonroof w/tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse, key-off operation
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes -inc: (3) piston calipers, front mounted cooling ducts
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Rear seat center armrest w/locking trunk pass-through
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Remote trunk release
  • Seatback pockets
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Super handling all wheel drive (SH-AWD)
  • Theft deterrent system w/electronic immobilizer
  • Tire pressure monitor w/location & pressure indicators
  • Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights w/auto-on/off feature
  • XM satellite radio *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*
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