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2009 Acura TL First Impressions – Its inner beauty wins me over

Thursday January 8th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: Derek


By Derek Mau

Pros

  • Smooth and supple ride
  • Lots of power on demand from a normally aspirated motor
  • An abundant number of luxury features makes for happy passengers
  • Full iPod integration
  • Respectable fuel economy from a 305 hp engine

Cons

  • Should have stayed true with the old exterior design

They say beauty is only skin deep. For the redesigned 2009 Acura TL you have to look under the skin to find its true beauty. With a lot of hype surrounding the new motor and suspension setup, I figured a true test for the new TL would be a long road trip. Like a blue-wing teal flying south for the winter, I decided to drive 400 miles from the San Francisco bay area to Los Angeles in search of warmer climate.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2008

Wednesday December 31st, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Happy New YearHappy New Year everyone!

Another year has passed by and it is time for reflection upon the past year, as well as looking forward to more good things happening in 2009. 2008 had the debut of the largely anticipated Nissan GT-R which ran rings around the competition from the European stalwarts such as the BMW M3 and Porsche 911. In 2008, gas prices reached an all-time high of over $4 per gallon and dropped below $2 a gallon in less than six months. I don’t even want to mention the controversy surrounding the subject of bailing out the big 3 American auto makers because that conjures up more pain that the taxpayers have to bear. Getting past the greedy oil brokers and money-grubbing banks, there were still some outstanding cars that came out in 2008. CarReview’s editors reviewed the cars for 2008 and picked their favorites. Below is our list of outstanding vehicles that don’t require any handouts from congress.

(The photos are linked to the page with the corresponding consumer reviews.)
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2009 Acura RL Review – Acura achieves balance once again with the RL

Monday November 3rd, 2008 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: peter

2009 Acura RL
By Peter N.

Pros

  • Smooth, but powerful driving
  • Excellent ergonomics and practicality
  • Packed with advanced technology

Cons

  • Bland styling

Introduction
I have long been a fan of Honda’s premier brand of cars, which has delivered many cars with solid performance at attractive price points. Lately, the Acura brand has put a significant emphasis on the technology they offer, touting their ability to bring the latest advancements in luxury automotive electronics to their customers. Has Acura created the next M-Drive or is this something humans can actually use?

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2009 Acura RL First Impressions: Year 12 of the Identity Crisis

Tuesday October 21st, 2008 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: John G.

2009 Acura RL
By John G.

Up:

  • Perfectly tuned suspension, excellent road feel. SH-AWD really works
  • Comfortable yet firmly supportive seats, great driving ergonomics
  • A luxury car for people that understand performance isn’t just how fast you can leave a stoplight

Down:

  • Can’t decide whether it’s futuristic or conservative. The result just looks strange
  • Dash has too much plastic trim, too many plastic buttons for a $50K car
  • Needs something more to differentiate it from the TL

Ever since they stopped naming their cars and started using cryptic acronyms, Acura has always had a major brand identity problem. Is it a luxury marque, or a performance marque?

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2009 Acura TL Review

Thursday September 11th, 2008 at 10:99 AM
Posted by: kirkbell

2009 Acura TL SH-AWD
By Kirk Bell

Pros

  • Powerful engines
  • Sharp steering and handling
  • Pleasant ride
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Premium audio offered
  • Value for the dollar

Cons

  • Polarizing styling
  • No split-folding rear seat
  • Bland base wheels

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2009 Acura TSX Review – Nice package for the conservative Brooks Brothers type

Wednesday September 10th, 2008 at 1:99 PM
Posted by: Francois

Review by Francis Cebedo | Photos by Derek Mau

Blings:

  • The build quality is top notch
  • The slick shifter is a joy to use
  • The engine is very willing and has a broad power range

Dings:

  • Power, power, power. A car of this stature can seem badly underpowered at times
  • There is a bit of body roll and tire squeal when driven at the limit

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All-New 2009 Acura TL Has All-Wheel Drive

Thursday September 4th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Acura TL SH-AWD

Hot-diggity! Acura comes out swinging hard with the redesigned 2009 TL and it looks “good“. Two distinct models are offered and both are heavy hitters with pumped-up engines. The FWD model gets a 3.5L V6, with VTEC®, that puts out a healthy 280 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. The big news is now a SH-AWD® drive version of the TL is offered and it puts out pumps out more power than the Energizer Bunny with 305 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from a 3.7L V6 VTEC®engine.

Lots of luxury items and performance features promise to make the 2009 TL a big hit with the home run crowd. We recently drove the new TL and will publish a full review with our impressions the week of September 8. If you haven’t seen too many pictures of the new TL, I included a handful of photos for your viewing pleasure. Official press release and more photos from Acura are below the jump.

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2009 Acura TSX Video Review

Wednesday September 3rd, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

With an updated engine, revised styling and new features, the 2009 Acura TSX is hoping to gain some traction as an entry-level luxury sedan. Somehow the latest generation TSX comes up short when compared to other entry-level sedans. Competitively in the same class as the BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and the Volvo S40, the 2009 TSX could use a little extra to get ahead in class crowded with over-achievers. The handling could be a little tighter and being a FWD drive car doesn’t help much. Limited by its single engine offering, a normally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-4 producing 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, the engine’s real power band begins in the upper rev range and the VTEC kicks in. Plus, it could use a little more low-end torque. The upside is above average gas mileage if you stay out of VTEC range. Watch our video review and find out how the new TSX sums up in overall value and performance.

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2009 Acura TSX Photo Gallery

2009 Acura TSX Specs

2009 Acura TSX Specs

AcuraThe official website of Acura – www.acura.com

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2008 Acura TL Type-S Video Review

Wednesday March 5th, 2008 at 1:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

The 2008 Acura TL Type-S provides a blend of comfort, convenience, and sportiness, at a reasonable price. The TL has a 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Performance Tires, 3.5L V6, 286-horsepower engine, an updated vehicle security immobilizer system, two new exterior colors and expansion to 76 metropolitan areas for the AcuraLink real-time traffic system.

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2008 Acura TL Type-S Photo Gallery

Acura TL Type-S Specs

2008 Acura TL Type-S Specs

AcuraThe official website of Acura – www.acura.com

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All-New 2009 TSX to Debut at New York International Auto Show

Friday February 15th, 2008 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Acura TSX

02/10/2008 – TORRANCE, Calif. -
Acura announced today it will debut the all-new 2009 Acura TSX sports sedan at the 2008 New York International Auto Show and released an exterior photo of the new model. Scheduled to go on-sale in the spring, the 2009 Acura TSX will be the second generation of Acura’s popular entry level sedan and feature numerous advancements in performance, styling, technology and safety.

“The new 2009 TSX speaks clearly to the direction we are taking our Acura sedans in the future,” said Dick Colliver, executive vice president auto sales, “The TSX is a significant step in the advancement of our sedan lineup and the continued enhancement of the Acura brand.”

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