2009 Acura TL Consumer Review: Good but not great

2009 Acura TL - Consumer Review

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Good but not great
By rickpoole on


2009 Acura TL Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


After test driving 3 different 2009 TLs w/Tech while my 2007 TL was in the shop I found it was improved in many areas but took a few steps backwards that would keep me from trading my 2007 TL for a new 2009 TL - not worth the price difference. Main issues was worse city mileage; 09 ratings are supposed to be fairly accurate, 07 ratings were high by 10-20%. Both were rated at 18. Driving my 07 conservatively I can get 19-20, driving the 09 the same way only got 16-17.

Best Features

Ride is softer and quieter than my 2007 TL. Nav system is more responsive and mostly easier to use. Ability to play MP3s from thumbdrives. Instantaneous MPG display. Controller is easy to use after a short learning curve. Distance scale on BU camera.

Worst Features

Gas mileage - expected slightly better city and slightly worse highway than 07 TL. Got 2-3 MPG worse in city. All 3 cars had a few thousand miles and had too many rattles. Tone down front grill. Much larger HD.
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