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2009 Acura TL Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Acura TL Sedan

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.

What's new for 2009?

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.

Model Strengths

  • Distinctive styling
  • roomy interior
  • ride quality
  • high-tech features

Model Review

The mid-size Acura TL is completely new for 2009. It's about six inches longer than last year's model, and about two inches wider and slightly higher. That translates to a significantly roomier interior; but the real news is a more aggressive appearance outside and in. Acura has adopted a more angular yet sleek appearance for the new TL, most notably at the rear, where a sleek, rakish rear window flows smoothly into a decklid that's creased along the middle and flanked by pointed taillamps and dual exhausts. In front, projector-beam headlamps and Acura's new matte-metallic grille bring distinctive impression.

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LAKE CITY, Ky. -- To test the sticky tire grip of a chic TL, Acura's luxury sports sedan in the expansive incarnation of 2009, we steer one down The Trace Road, Kentucky 453, which wiggles over hilly terrain in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Coursing over humpback hills and cutting some acute-angled corners at the bottom of deep downhill plunges, this twisty strip of asphalt seems like it was designed expressly to show off the four-wheel agility of TL as equipped with Acura's SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive) equipment.

The smart SH-AWD system can disburse the engine's considerable torque not only to wheels fore and aft but the left or right ones too. It's always engaged and enables the vehicle to maneuver on wet or dry pavement with the uncanny agility of a wily sports car.

The device goes further than AWD controls employed by other vehicles because it can automatically increase the rotation speed of an outboard rear wheel during quick and hard cornering maneuvers.

Boosting the rear wheel's rotation speed ends up decreasing the cornering load on the car's front wheels, which thwarts the tendency of an AWD system to understeer and ultimately enhances total tire grip through a turn.

It allows the TL to carve precise turns on a curlicue route like The Trace Road and run circles around some size-wise competitors. Acura's AWD system normally channels most of the engine's power to the front wheels.

At normal cruise speed, about 90 percent of the torque is driving the front wheels, while the remaining 10 percent goes to turn the rear ones. If you put your foot hard into the accelerator, however, a computer quickly inverts the power ratio. It shoots up to 70 percent of torque to rear wheels to help the acceleration effort, while still holding 30 percent on the front wheels.

And there's plenty of power at play with TL, thanks to a forceful new V6 engine aboard the SH-AWD version.

TL's new aluminum V6 displaces 3.7 liters with SOHC (single overhead camshaft), four valves for every cylinder and a drive-by-wire throttle plus VTEC (variable valve timing and lift electronic control) technology which continually adjusts phasing of the intake camshaft with changes in valve lift, timing and duration.

The plant produces 305 hp at 6200 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm.

Standard transmission is an electronically-controlled automatic five-speed outfitted with Acura's sequential SportShift override for manual shifts via hand paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

The transmission has a unique "grade logic" shift point governor that selects top gear settings after measuring variables like throttle position, road speed and the rates of acceleration and deceleration.

Acura also builds the TL in FWD (front-wheel-drive) mode with a different V6 engine but the same five-speed automatic SportShift transmission. The TL FWD stocks a SOHC 3.5-liter VTEC V6 which nets 280 hp at 6200 rpm and 254 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm.

Both models -- TL and TL SH-AWD -- carry an electric power steering (EPS) system which employs a quick-ratio rack and pinion setup with speed-sensing variable assistance. Both also use an independent suspension system.

The front suspension consists of a double-wishbone design that precisely controls wheel motion. The rear suspension, in a multi-link layout, settles the rear and delivers an exceptionally smooth ride.

A big disc brake applies at every wheel, with ABS (anti-lock brake system) plus EBD (electronic brake distribution) and BA (brake assist) units, a TCS (traction control system) and VSA (vehicle stability assist) mechanism to correct lateral car skidding.

TL rolls on Bridgestone Turanza P245/50R17 rubber mounted on 17-inch cast-aluminum alloy wheels, while TL SH-AWD bumps up to Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires with 18-inch cast-aluminum alloy wheels.

TL and TL SH-AWD of 2009 represent a fourth generation for Acura's mid-size luxury sports sedan and the largest iterations by far.

Wheelbase length for TL grows 1.8 inches longer to 109.3 inches, as the width of the front/rear wheel track expands by an inch or more. These additions in wheelbase length and track width forge a larger platform, which sets up a larger structure with more space in the passenger compartment.

The longer and wider cabin creates more legroom and elbow room for riders. Cabin layout shows a pair of form-fitting bucket seats up front and a bench for three adults in back.

Take a walk-around tour of TL and you'll discover a streamlined body posing in hunkered stance that makes it appear ready to romp.

There's a low hood line to enhance forward visibility for the driver, with projector-beam HID (high intensity discharge) headlamps on front corners of a pointed prow crowned by a pentagonal grille in silver paint.

The driver-oriented cockpit features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an instrument cluster with light-emitting-diode (LED) back-lighting for an easy read and a Multi-Information Display (MID) which provides access to a variety of electronic functions.

Posh gear includes premium leather trimming the seats, automatic controls for the climate system with dual zones for comfort, power operation for windows and mirrors and door locks, the driver's bucket with 10-way power controls including adjustable lumbar support, heat elements inside both front buckets, a center console up front, power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off functions, a keyless entry device, and a 276-watt premium audio system with a six-disc changer, eight speakers and XM satellite radio service.

TL or TL SH-AWD may be upgraded with a Technology Package of electronic gear like a navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather radar mapping, a 440-watt premium audio system with 12.7-gb hard disk for media storage, and a keyless access system with pushbutton ignition.

Acura establishes MSRP figures for the 2009 TL series beginning at $34,955 for TL FWD, or $38,685 with the Technology Package aboard. TL SH-AWD tallies to $38,505, or $42,235 with the Technology Package.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Acura Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12 months/12,000 miles limited warranty from purchased date or expiration of new car warranty date. Additional 7 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty from in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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