2009 Acura TL SH-AWD – First Impressions

Friday January 16th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2009 Acura TL
By Holly R.

  • Super comfortable seats, which hold you in place nicely when railing corners, accelerating quickly, or just cruising along the freeway
  • Easy to drive, easy to see out of and super sexy to look at
  • Pure quality on the interior and exterior. Not a rattle, creak, jerk when opening or closing anything
  • Really nice luxury features
  • Lots of thoughtful (and hidden) cubbyholes for things
  • Drives like a dream
  • Firm suspension that reminds you that this really has sports-car qualities, yet smooth enough to not be a bone-jarring ride


First Impressions:
The first car I ever got to review was the 2008 Acura TL Type S. I was anxious to compare the 2009 TL model to the 2008! My very first impression when I saw it was “Rrrowr! What a hot car!”. Acura did some re-design/update work on the TL, with dramatically positive results. Once I sat in it, I was even more impressed. When I drove the TL – I was blown away. It’s the luxury sedan that drives like a sports car, rides like a luxury car and is so hot looking that your heart beats faster walking up to it and you just don’t want to walk away from it.

The features and options in this car are really, really fantastic. The 10-speaker surround-sound system is excellent, and with the in-dash 6-CD changer, XM® Satellite Radio AND MP3 jack, it was hard to decide just WHAT to listen to! The Milano premium leather seats were super comfortable and had enough adjustments to make most people quite happy. And best of all in this chilly weather: the seat heaters heated quickly and were more than adequate!

Acura TL interior

Mileage was okay for me at around 19.3 mpg. This was mostly highway and included very little stop & go driving. The mileage isn’t great, but it could definitely be worse. More controlled driving (that 305 HP just begs you to stomp on the accelerator) would definitely elicit better mileage. The specs give it a low of 17 and high of 25, so mileage in the low 20′s with this type of engine, would be a reasonable expectation.

The Bluetooth® was REALLY easy to program, and yet I was afraid it would be difficult. I had it programmed and my phone book downloaded to the car in about 5 minutes flat. It was easy to scroll through my phone book on the Navigation System screen, easy to dial, and easy to hear and be heard. The MP3 jack was so easy to use too. I just plugged my iPod to USB cable into my iPod and plugged the USB end into the car, and it was up and running.

Acura TL - iPod ready

In my short time in the TL SH-AWD, my biggest complaint: the lack of exterior lock buttons on all the doors. It’s only included on the two front doors. Considering it’s a 4-door, all four doors should have them. But this was the only real complaint I had about the car. Everything else was just as it should be.


Acura TL Photo Gallery

Acura TL Specs

Acura TL Specs

AcuraThe official website of Acura – www.acura.com

5 Responses to 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD – First Impressions

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  2. LL says:

    Good performance, nice SH-AWD, very reliable, very confortable and nice inside. The only thing wronk is the look, very agly from the front. Could use wider tires.

  3. R says:

    The 2009 TL has a major transmission issue. When you accelerate there is a “LOUD” popping noise that takes place. This consistent in all 2009 TL’s I’ve tested several.

  4. N says:

    The TL is a great car. I find it terribly ugly though. The car looks like it’s smiling at you from the back.

  5. adam says:

    Holly, great little write up, thanks!





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