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2009 Acura TL Consumer Reviews

4.7
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Out of this world great car

by from Niceville, Fl on January 22, 2010

We were 4 months from paying off my vehicle when a young man totaled it. We test drove this car and the first thing I told my wife was I wanted the drivers seat in the den. They are the most comfortab...
We were 4 months from paying off my vehicle when a young man totaled it. We test drove this car and the first thing I told my wife was I wanted the drivers seat in the den. They are the most comfortable seats imaginable. The car looks amazing and sporty. Most vehicles I've driven, when you step on the gas, you can feel when the transmission shifts, and you get that little jerky thing. This car you can see the RPM's shifting, but can't feel it. The technology package is WELL worth the money. Awesome car and we would recommend it to anyone.
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Best Car I have ever owned

by from Pittsburgh, PA on January 8, 2012

Bought my TL in 2009 and have 41,000 miles on the car. I have had absolutely no problems at all. Have only had oil changed and tires. Every time I take it in for oil change I ask if my brakes are OK a...
Bought my TL in 2009 and have 41,000 miles on the car. I have had absolutely no problems at all. Have only had oil changed and tires. Every time I take it in for oil change I ask if my brakes are OK and they are. I can't believe it, most of the 41000 miles are city driving. I have never owned a car that I could go this long without something needing done, let alone brakes. By the way, I previously had 2 BMW's and a Lexus. I have always loved BMW's especially, but for what you get pricewise in the Acura it is a much better value. Anybody that ask's me, I tell them that it is the best car I have ever had.
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Invigorating Performance + Stunning Looks

by from Alexandria, VA on September 26, 2009

I applaud Acura for finally taking the lead with a fresh bold design for the TL. The car’s styling is simply brilliant--- inside and out. The superbly integrated Tech. package brings the car’s substan...
I applaud Acura for finally taking the lead with a fresh bold design for the TL. The car’s styling is simply brilliant--- inside and out. The superbly integrated Tech. package brings the car’s substance on par with its stunning looks. The car feels solid and stable at high speeds; torque delivery is instant and linear; the steering is precise; and the suspension delivers a taut sporty ride without feeling harsh on rough roads (thanks in part to the excellent choice of 245/50R17 Michelin tires). I also love all the goodies that come with the Tech. package---the hi-res. voice-activated nav. system, the backup camera, the keyless entry system, the 440 watt HDD-based audio system, HandsFreeLink, and the supple leather. And they’re all amazingly intuitive. For the last 15 years, I’ve only driven German cars. Before buying the TL, I also considered Audi A4 V6, BMW 535xi, VW CC VR6, Infiniti G37x, and the Lexus ES350. In this bunch, the only car that topped the TL w/ Tech. package was the ’09 VW CC VR6, but only if you could live with its two-seater rear arrangement ... and I could not! So, all things considered, my final analysis led me straight to the TL.
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Great Buy

by from Ohio on November 24, 2012

Being a loyal Honda/Acura owner in the past, I struggled in finding a quality used car that had the features and reliability I had grown accustomed to. I was looking for a change, so I drove basically...
Being a loyal Honda/Acura owner in the past, I struggled in finding a quality used car that had the features and reliability I had grown accustomed to. I was looking for a change, so I drove basically every foreign vehicle out there. Infinity, Lexus, Bmw, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru. None of these cars grabbed my attention, felt quality, had reassuring reliability reviews or were priced accordingly. The last car I stumbled upon was my 2009 Acura TL. Initially, I was a bit put off by the front grill. I always thought the previous generation TL's were attractive but this generation’s design had me scratching my head. Is this thing hideous? Is it modern? I decided that ugly or not, it would be a worry-free purchase. Within several months of ownership, I am actually happy to report that countless people have approached me at gas stations and shopping plazas to ask me about the car and comment on how beautiful it is. It has actually reached the point of annoying. The car is 4 years old and apparently such an eye catcher, folks think it’s brand new. Maybe the subjective styling was just a bit ahead of its time? The interior with its cockpit design is well laid out with plenty of high end features you would expect on an Acura. Although the ridiculous amount of buttons looks intimidating, they are all in reach, serve their purpose and are simple once you know where everything is. The V6 engine is powerful and quiet (premium only gas is not an issue as it ends up being only a few bucks more per fill up), suspension is a bit stiff and more sporty than expected and steering is smooth and responsive. The headlights and taillights are extremely bright, possibly blinding oncoming traffic and those stopped behind me at traffic lights. As far as repairs go, this 4 year old vehicle with 50,000 miles has been problem free. I’ve had to recharge my air conditioning, replace tires and schedule oil changes. The breaks are original and still have a decent amount of life on them. Overall, this vehicle has exceeded my already high expectations of an Acura automobile. My warranty is set to expire in less than a month. With the least bit of concern, I plan to keep my TL for many years to come.
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Acura Perfection TL

by from Boca Raton, FL on October 1, 2009

I had the Acura TL-S 07 and was convinced to move to the new one Acura TL 09. Didn't get very impressed because I loved the TL-S but how surprised I was when i test-drove the car. It was almost the sa...
I had the Acura TL-S 07 and was convinced to move to the new one Acura TL 09. Didn't get very impressed because I loved the TL-S but how surprised I was when i test-drove the car. It was almost the same as my TL-S with more comfort and equipment. So I decided to move to the new Acura TL. Congratulation to Acura again! They've made the perfect car again!
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Erconomics

by from Portland on October 3, 2012

I have had many cars in the past and found this car to be one of the best I have owned. I like very much like the erconomic design of the interieor. Everything is laid out nicely and easy to reach. Th...
I have had many cars in the past and found this car to be one of the best I have owned. I like very much like the erconomic design of the interieor. Everything is laid out nicely and easy to reach. The exterior is very modern and is different which I like. Doesn't look like a typical car. I bought this car due to several reson and wanted to protecct my newborn. First It has a 5 star crash test side, front, and even scored acceptable with the new highway test, partial front side impact. Not many cars passed this test, especially luxary cars. I also factor the AWD as a safety feature that will help in car control in wet and snowy condition. The final factor is the reliability of Acura. I've owned a 2002 Acura RSX for over 12 years and have not had any major repair. Due to this experience I know I can not go wrong with this car.
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great luxury value

by from long island,ny on January 1, 2013

this is a truly great deal, the combination of performance, luxury,size and reliability cant be beat.the tech package with nav, back up cam and voice activated controls is a must get. The back seat is...
this is a truly great deal, the combination of performance, luxury,size and reliability cant be beat.the tech package with nav, back up cam and voice activated controls is a must get. The back seat is very spacey and comfortable. It has more rear room than its competitors.this car brand holds its value better than most brands. You cannot lose, the car is consistently ranked amoung the most reliable brands.
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2009 Acura TL-SHAWD w/Technology Package

by from Mason, OH on April 14, 2009

I have owned Honda's and Acura's since 1992. My latest was the 2004 Acura TL and after five years and 128,000 miles it was time for a new one. When I first saw the 2009 body style I was very disappoin...
I have owned Honda's and Acura's since 1992. My latest was the 2004 Acura TL and after five years and 128,000 miles it was time for a new one. When I first saw the 2009 body style I was very disappointed. So disappointed that for the first time I decided to look at BMW and Infiniti as well. I test drove a 2009 335xi, 535xi, and Infiniti G37 Sedan. The 335xi was the best handling car I have EVER driven. I can see why enthusisasts are attached to this car. But it's too small for me. The 535xi was nice but not as fun as the 335. The Infiniti was very fast but the 7-speed was busy as reviewers have posted. All three cars lacked the same thing that the TL has. A oomfortable, modern, technologically rich interior. The BMWs' interiors were archaic compared to my 2004, let alone the 2009. The Infiniti's interior was bland and small. The radio was not as good as advertised. The 2009 TL is not as fun to drive as the 335 and is not as fast as the other three cars, however the Acura TL offers the best value and amenities for someone that drives 25,000 miles/year and enjoys both the driving experience and interior entertainment. I am very pleased with my purchase and now love the new body style. The wheels on the SH-AWD make it look 100 times better than the base model and the car looks very modern compared to the BMW's and Infiniti.
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Great Value for the Money

by from Lehigh Valley, PA on January 4, 2009

I looked at the TL in 2004 but with a family of 4 it was a no-go because of the room in the back seats. I thought the new 2009 model was fnally adequate so I bought the car. I just got the base 2 whee...
I looked at the TL in 2004 but with a family of 4 it was a no-go because of the room in the back seats. I thought the new 2009 model was fnally adequate so I bought the car. I just got the base 2 wheel drive without the tech package for a price well below the price I expected to pay. It may be buying on Jan 2, 2009 but way below sticker and nearly at invoice. No other car can match that with the performance. I test drove the Accord V6 and it was just plain boring and didn't evoke any emotions in me. I am coming from 2 SUVs so this car handles like a dream to me. People may not like the new grill but after parking next to an older TL (not sure of the age), it looked like a grandpa's car to me. This car looks modern. All my friends like the look. No nay-sayers yet. Anyways, my only gripes are no fold-down back seats (which I knew), big wide tires (going to cost me to replace), and the shifter doesn't have an indicator next to it (it does on the control panel in front though). Maybe I'm missing something on that last one. Backing up is tricky as there are some blind spots and the seats will not be for everyone. I love the headlights. There may be other cars which are faster, better handling (check the SHAWD model), nicer interior, better stereo (get Tech package if you must but the base stereo is pretty darn good), but for this price??? Forget it. Driving so far has averaged right around 20 for local and highway combined. Waiting for that first long trip to see what it can really do. By the way, I'm no speed demon but laugh when the camrys, accords, SUVs, etc get on my tail or try to pass. The power is instant and throws you back into the seat. My kids keep telling me to stop it.
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worth the money

by from chicago ill on January 5, 2011

great styling excellent gas mileage best resale all i wish they would make the interior a little more up scale other then i'm very happy. yes i would recommend this car.
great styling excellent gas mileage best resale all i wish they would make the interior a little more up scale other then i'm very happy. yes i would recommend this car.
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