2009 Acura TL Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Acura TL - Road Test Specs

2009 Acura TL Sedan

(3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
Style4dr Sedan w/Tech Package (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$38,685
Options on test vehicleTech Package (included with trim -- navigation system, real-time traffic, real-time weather forecasts and radar maps, rearview camera, GPS-linked and solar-sensing dual-zone adaptive climate control system, keyless ignition/entry, trunk spoiler, 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system with 12GB of digital music storage and DVD audio).
As-tested MSRP$39,445


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,471cc (212 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.2
Redline (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)280 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)254 @ 5,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 2.697; II: 1.606; III: 1.071; IV: 0.694; V: 0.491; R: 1.888; Final: 4.312


Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.96:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HxMxM4
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP245/50R17 98V
Tire size, rearP245/50R17 98V
Wheel size17-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)9.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 94.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.9
@ Full throttle (dB)74.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNo matter how aggressively I tried to launch with VSC off, the TL never spun the front tires. A bit of a stumble at first, then it went. Crisp upshifts in "S" at redline. VTEC change-over less evident than in the SH-AWD car.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsMedium-firm pedal got a little softer with each stop. Some dive, but always straight. (Brakes were smoking/smelling awful at the end of the acceleration test.)
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, easy to perch on the brink of understeer all the way around. Very consistent, steering loads nicely and offers some info. In the slalom, very good turn-in and balance throughout. Only by the last two gates did the rear begin to walk around a bit. Tires began to give up after eight-plus runs.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)79.56
Wind (mph, direction)2.6 SW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.36
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,726
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,712
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.3/38.7
Length (in.)195.3
Width (in.)74.0
Height (in.)57.2
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)63.2
Track, rear (in.)63.8
Turning circle (ft.)38.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)36.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)13.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front with head protection chambers
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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