Acura TL Model Changes
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.
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.
On the inside, the new TL has a layout that affords both the driver and front passenger their own personal space, divided by a center console and audio controls that protrude outward. Front occupants get firm but comfortable sport seats and there's space in back for three across. Rear legroom is up by 1.3 inches in the new model.
2009 Acura TL Prices
|2009 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan 2-Wheel Drive||$34,955|
|2009 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$38,505|
|2009 Acura TL Tech 4-Door Sedan 2-Wheel Drive||$38,685|
|2009 Acura TL Tech 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$42,235|
|2009 Acura TL Tech HPT 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$43,235|
Also of note is that the new TL now has two different V-6 engines available. A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 powers front-wheel-drive versions, through a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive SH-AWD model upgrades to a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and a throaty high-flow dual exhaust system that brings more of a sport-sedan character. Although the all-wheel-drive model does improve the TL's available traction in snow and on slippery roads, the primary focus of the so-called SH-AWD (super handling) is to improve stability in sharp corners by sending torque to the wheels that need it most.
For both models, a double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link setup assures a firm but smooth ride. The SH-AWD model is tuned for more responsive handling without giving up much in ride comfort, by incorporating a performance-tuned suspension, larger wheels and tires, and a version of the electric power steering system tuned for more feel of the road. The hood is made of aluminum for weight savings in both models.
Standard features on the TL include dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink calling interface and an eight-speaker, 276-watt sound system with XM Satellite Radio and compatible with Bluetooth audio streaming.
2009 Acura TL Parts and Accessories
- Maintenance & Repair
- Performance & Tuning
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- Interior Accessories
- Tires & Wheels
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- Tools & Equipment
Options are limited on the TL, with the most noteworthy of them being the Technology Package. It brings premium Milano leather surfaces, plus Acura's voice-recognition navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather info, a surround-sound premium system with ten speakers, 440 watts and a 2500-song hard-drive system, and Keyless Access. An active noise cancellation system and ambient lighting system are also included.