2009 Acura TL Fully Revealed

Justin Berkowitz
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2009 acura tl fully revealed

Thanks to the folks over at Edmunds Inside Line , the embargo is broken and pics are out of the 2009 Acura TL. It's a 28th century wedge of cheese. Acura is really taking their cyborg design theme to the extremes (they call it Keen Edge Dynamic), and while I don't like the general styling, it may look better here on the new TL than it does on the recently debuted Acura TSX. The TL's grill is all ready to plow your snow. That should be a fairly easy job thanks to the optional AWD, included on the higher priced 3.7 liter V6 models. The base 3.5 liter V6 puts out 280 horses through the front wheels only. Both engines route power through a 5-speed automatic: no word if a stick will be available, sorry to friend that like using the left foot. Like in the TSX, the interior on the TL is another Acura buttonfest – an ironic and sad development from the Honda folks that used to build ergonomically pleasant cabins. Since brands without an identity are now trying to sell themselves as the high tech gadget companies (Acura, Lincoln, Ford, Tesla, Nissan), the TL will be loaded up with bluetooth this and alphabet-soup that. Another one bites the dust? How will it stack up against arch rivals like the fellow front wheel drive, automatic only Nissan Maxima? We'll wait to drive it of course, but the TL is off to an ugly start.

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  • Hoove Hoove on Aug 11, 2008

    It actually looks impressive. They ripped off the CTS a little, and are trying to make an Audi interior. Competition in this "information age" is getting really interesting, in a sadistic kinda way.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Aug 11, 2008

    Folks, welcome to 1958!!! (when almost everything got ugly for a few years...)

  • HtownHeff HtownHeff on Aug 12, 2008

    I just read the first drive review on InsideLine. The first word that came to my head when I saw this? FUGLY. This thing makes me want to barf, yet those guys made no comment on the new look. Once again, my 2005 TSX continues to look better and batter inside and out, at least until I can swing something from Bavaria.

  • KPM171 KPM171 on Aug 12, 2008

    OMG.... Acura?!?!?! What have you done to my beloved TL?? Once the rebirth of the glory that was the legend... now? Some half assed Saturn Aura with twice the buttons and price tag? The 2003 TL-S's are all ashamed to be of your lineage. Seriously, lose that urban assualt crap from Demolition man and bring it in. You have all the ingredients on hand to make an amazing car, stop F*&%ing it up!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to want another TL!!