2009 Acura TL  -  $35,765

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $35,765
Base Invoice: $32,946
Destination Charge: $810
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn 2WD
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 18 | Hwy: 26
Body Style: 2WD
Transmission: 5-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission w/OD, F1-style paddle shifters on steering wheel, grade logic control, shift-hold control
Engine: 3.5L SOHC PGM-FI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine


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

Model Highlights

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.

On the inside, the new TL has a layout that affords both the driver and front passenger their own personal space, divided by a center console and audio controls that protrude outward. Front occupants get firm but comfortable sport seats and there's space in back for three across. Rear legroom is up by 1.3 inches in the new model.

Also of note is that the new TL now has two different V-6 engines available. A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 powers front-wheel-drive versions, through a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive SH-AWD model upgrades to a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and a throaty high-flow dual exhaust system that brings more of a sport-sedan character. Although the all-wheel-drive model does improve the TL's available traction in snow and on slippery roads, the primary focus of the so-called SH-AWD (super handling) is to improve stability in sharp corners by sending torque to the wheels that need it most.

For both models, a double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link setup assures a firm but smooth ride. The SH-AWD model is tuned for more responsive handling without giving up much in ride comfort, by incorporating a performance-tuned suspension, larger wheels and tires, and a version of the electric power steering system tuned for more feel of the road. The hood is made of aluminum for weight savings in both models.

Standard features on the TL include dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink calling interface and an eight-speaker, 276-watt sound system with XM Satellite Radio and compatible with Bluetooth audio streaming.

Options are limited on the TL, with the most noteworthy of them being the Technology Package. It brings premium Milano leather surfaces, plus Acura's voice-recognition navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather info, a surround-sound premium system with ten speakers, 440 watts and a 2500-song hard-drive system, and Keyless Access. An active noise cancellation system and ambient lighting system are also included.

Value Writeup

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.

Model News

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.

Front-Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
26 (Est) MPG

Cruising Range - City
333.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
18 (Est) MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
481.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ -TBD-

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ -TBD-

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.8 qts

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
98.2 ft³

Front Head Room
38.4 in

Front Leg Room
42.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.1 in

Front Hip Room
55.7 in

Second Head Room
36.7 in

Second Leg Room
36.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.2 in

Second Hip Room
54.8 in

109.3 in

Length, Overall
195.3 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
74.0 in

Height, Overall
57.2 in

Track Width, Front
63.2 in

Track Width, Rear
63.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.9 in

Trunk Volume
13.1 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3708 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.18 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.75 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
17 x 8 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 8 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
19.2 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.6 x 1.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.1 x 0.4 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
FEB 03, 2016


Potential Number of Units Affected

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in Summer 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners during March 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JY0, JY1, and JY2.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

3.5L SOHC PGM-FI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine

Drive-by-wire throttle system

5-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission w/OD, F1-style paddle shifters on steering wheel, grade logic control, shift-hold control

Front wheel drive

Independent double wishbone front suspension

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Electric variable pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering

Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes -inc: (3) piston calipers

Integrated dual exhaust outlet w/quad finishers

17" x 8" alloy wheels

P245/50VR17 all-season tires

Motion surface body design

Pwr operated moonroof w/tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse, key-off operation

Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights w/auto-on/off feature

Front fog lights

LED tail lights

LED side marker lights

Heated pwr mirrors w/memory, dual reverse-gear tilt down, integrated directional signals

Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers

276-watt AM/FM stereo w/MP3 player & 6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: USB port, auxiliary input jack, memory, (8) speakers

XM satellite radio *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*

HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface

Heated leather-trimmed 8-way pwr sport bucket seats -inc: 2-way driver pwr lumbar, driver memory

Adjustable rear headrests

Active front headrests

Front center console w/adjustable armrest, dual level storage, coin holders

Rear seat center armrest w/locking trunk pass-through

Front/rear carpeted floor mats

3-spoke leather-wrapped collapsible tilt & telescoping steering wheel w/audio, cruise, phone, multi-info display, voice recognition

Theft deterrent system w/electronic immobilizer

LED back-lit instruments w/progressive illumination

Multi-info display w/memory, electronic compass

Outside temp gauge

Maintenance Minder system

Pwr windows w/auto up-down, auto-reverse, key-off operation, remote & driver door lock operated window open function

Pwr door locks

HomeLink universal garage door opener

Keyless entry system w/alarm

Remote trunk release

Dual zone/mode automatic climate control -inc: rear vents, air filtration, automatic humidity control, memory

Front windshield defogger

Rear window defroster w/timer

Aluminum threshold garnish

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Dual illuminated vanity mirrors -inc: driver card holder

Illumination controls -inc: steering wheel controls, ignition, pwr windows, door locks, overhead controls

Front/rear map lights

Seatback pockets

Cargo net

(2) 12-volt pwr outlets

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution, brake assist

Vehicle stability assist (VSA)

Electronic stability control w/traction control

Advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure

Side-impact door beams

Impact absorbing front/rear crumple zones

Daytime running lights

Dual stage dual threshold front airbags

Dual chamber front side-impact airbags w/passenger occupant position detection system

Front/rear side-curtain airbags

3-point seat belts

Front seat belt height adjusters, load limiters, pretensioners

Childproof rear door locks

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Emergency trunk release

Tire pressure monitor w/location & pressure indicators

Collapsible steering column





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