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2009 Acura TL Front
2009 Acura TL Rear
2009 Acura TL Interior
2009 Acura TL Front-2
2009 Acura TL Interior
2012 Acura TL Front
2012 Acura TL Rear
2012 Acura TL Front-2
Any TL is packed with safety features, and the optional Technology Package provides most any gadget a driver could want. Base cars account for the majority of sales, and they’re the best choice. Those who opt for the SH-AWD will find it a refined and mature performance car, if a bit stiff riding. No SH-AWD models can quite match the high standard of handling prowess presented by key German competitors. The manual gearbox, however, bridges that gap somewhat. TLs so equipped are more fun to drive and ride better than their automatic-transmission counterparts. Strong TL resale value keeps used-car prices rather high.
Redesigned and slightly enlarged in most key dimensions for 2009, Acura’s premium midsize sedan was available in base and SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) models. The latter replaced the former generation’s Type-S as the high-performance member of the TL family.
Base versions, offered only with front-wheel drive, received a 3.5-liter V6 engine that made 280 horsepower. SH-AWD sedans got a 3.7-liter V6 that, at 305 horsepower, was the most powerful engine yet offered in an Acura. A five-speed automatic with “Sequential SportShift” steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters was the sole transmission for both models. Those paddles were always active, with no need to switch to sport mode before using them. The SH-AWD system included a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels in place of the 17s used on the base car. This all-wheel-drive system transferred torque fore/aft and side-to-side: up to 90 percent to front wheels, or as much as 70 percent to rear wheels. Electric power steering was new for 2009.
Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Also standard were leather upholstery with heated front seats, a sunroof, wireless cell-phone link, and eight-speaker audio. A Technology Package, priced as a separate model, included 10-speaker audio and a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather alerts. Rivals included the Audi A4, Cadillac CTS, and Infiniti G37, as well as the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2010 Acura TL: A six-speed manual transmission became available on the SH-AWD sedan as an alternative to the five-speed automatic transmission. The new manual gearbox was claimed to be stronger than the one used in earlier TL sedans. SH-AWD models with manual shift came only with the Technology Package. All SH-AWD sedans could have optional 19-inch summer-only performance tires. Base cars with the Technology Package were available with 18-inch wheels.
The 2011 Acura TL sees no major changes pending a freshening due in calendar 2011 as a 2012 model.
The Acura TL received a substantial freshening for 2012. The grille was restyled, a 6-speed automatic transmission replaced a 5-speed, and a newly optional Advance Package brought blind-spot alert, ventilated front seats, and larger wheels (18s on the base model, 19s on the SH-AWD).
The 2013 Acura TL saw no major changes following its freshening in 2012.
The 2014 Acura TL saw no major changes in its final year. The midsized TL and smaller TSX were both replaced by the Acura TLX for 2015.