The TL has been Acura’s best selling model for quite some time. In recent years, however, sales have begun to dip for a number of reasons. In an effort to breathe some life into the model, they have decided on a substantial redesign for this year. The result is the 2009 Acura TL.
If you’re familiar with the brand, the first thing you will notice is the drastically redesigned exterior. At first glance, the TL has what can probably be described as a futuristic appearance. The most noticeable characteristic is the “beak” that comes down under the grille. This unique feature will probably be one of those “love it” or “hate it” things. This unusual design is carried through on the rear of the car as well. Overall, the car is actually larger than previous models. It’s also larger than its two top rivals, the Infiniti G and the Lexus ES. The TL comes standard with 17″ wheels, and 18″ and 19″ are available as options. The interior of the Acura TL also receives an upgrade this year. The styling and technology options give the car a more upscale feel than previous versions. Standard features include 8 disc CD changer, USB and iPod connectivity. If that’s not enough, you can upgrade to the Technology Package, which includes the voice activated navigation system and premium sound.
Under the hood, you have the choice of two different power plants, both of which are paired with a five speed automatic transmission. The first is a 280 HP 3.5L V6 and the other is a 308 HP 3.7L V6. Gas mileage is reasonable at 18/26 in the base model, and 17/24 in the all wheel drive version. On the road, drivers can expect the same quality and performance they have come to expect in the Acura TL. The safety features in the 2009 TL are comparable to those in the Jaguar XJ-Series and most other new cars.
If you’re tired of the cookie cutter style of auto design these days, you may find the 2009 Acura TL to be quite refreshing. The redesigned exterior provides a very unique look as it goes down the road. Coming in at around $35,000 for the base model, the TL continues to be one of the most impressive sport sedans on the road today. Love it or hate it, the TL will definitely get your attention.