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As we hammer the 2009 Acura TL down some of Malibu's most challenging canyon roads, the big sedan is handling itself well. It carries enough speed through the corners to make us a little nervous, but the lack of tire squeal makes it clear that we're far from pushing its limits.

Jamming this TL into a hairpin doesn't upset it either. The brakes scrub off plenty of speed and the transmission executes perfect, rev-matched downshifts. When we flat foot the throttle on the way out, the newly optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system puts down all 305 horsepower of the 3.7-liter V6 to the pavement without a single chirp of the tires.

When we finally hit leisurely traffic on Pacific Coast Highway, the TL returns to luxury sedan mode. The cabin goes silent, the transmission smoothly sifts through the gears and the suspension soaks up everything short of a sinkhole. We're not surprised, as this is the classic Acura formula - admirable performance coupled with high-tech luxury, and now the TL has a little more of both.

Comments

    • mccraejoey82
      mccraejoey82

      I love this tl

      about 2 years ago
    • mccraejoey82
      mccraejoey82 In reply to mccraejoey82

      Aj Ev I agree this tl is just better and it feels big when you sit in it me personally I didn't care for the 2nd or 3rd gn tl very much

      about 6 months ago
    • Aj Ev
      Aj Ev In reply to mccraejoey82

      mccraejoey82 I agree. Everyone always bring up the previous generation tl looks. The 3rd TL didn't have that much cabin tech at all.

      about 9 months ago
    • Kelvin
      Kelvin

      may look ugly for others but this car stands out on the road, looks alright

      about 7 years ago
    • ceapy
      ceapy In reply to Kelvin

      @SL dude you're ugly

      about 16 days ago
    • SL
      SL In reply to Kelvin

      dude its ugly

      about 1 year ago
    • nuff vids
      nuff vids

      so sexy

      about 7 years ago
    • Lyrical00Messiah
      Lyrical00Messiah

      soooo ugly

      about 7 years ago
    • SdGkbqrwxB
      SdGkbqrwxB

      Undecided... Can get a used IS-F for same price that has 100 more horses

      about 7 years ago
    • TraitorByTrade
      TraitorByTrade

      Compared to what the TL used to look like, this is plain ugly.

      about 7 years ago
    • Xboxlove1
      Xboxlove1

      the back isnt that great.

      about 7 years ago
    • Hishman007
      Hishman007

      @honeybearlove65 But even then, it would make sense that you can trust your money to the companies that have consistently released prime engineered vehicles. Even though GM and Ford are picking it up, their innovation might still be slower than JAP automakers.

      about 7 years ago
    • iamastupidhead84
      iamastupidhead84

      I like the older modles better than this one

      about 8 years ago
    • honeybearlove65
      honeybearlove65

      @oldschoolthrasher666 ford's getting their shit together bro. gm's catching up too

      about 8 years ago
    • ImKoolWithThis
      ImKoolWithThis

      @jaymum23 what is the fastest in it's class if i was looking for speed cuz this baby has 305hp

      about 8 years ago
    • AF
      AF

      @jaymum23 Yes i agree. especially because the G37 is more performance oriented where as the TL is family and road trip oriented, while still being fun to drive and fast as fuck.

      about 8 years ago
    • LuxCruiser818
      LuxCruiser818

      Some parts of this car resembles the 6th gen Maxima. Overall great looking car!

      about 8 years ago
    • Dashcam Dumbasses
      Dashcam Dumbasses

      The design is growing on me. I like the boldness of many new models from a lot of car manufacturers, Lexus didn't get that memo.

      about 8 years ago
    • Neel Choudhary
      Neel Choudhary

      I crashed my Dad's TL 3 months ago... still haven't forgiven myself yet.

      about 8 years ago
    • bredmyut
      bredmyut

      sweet car

      about 8 years ago
    • tom11zz884
      tom11zz884

      @jaymum23 The Acura will have the best resale value as well.

      about 8 years ago
    • SuperSoulSeeker
      SuperSoulSeeker

      Best looking car on the road.

      about 8 years ago
    • POOKIEE
      POOKIEE

      ugliest TL thus far!

      about 8 years ago
    • Mbaze Pashtufu
      Mbaze Pashtufu

      call me a dumbass, but the design is growing on me

      about 8 years ago
    • SuperSoulSeeker
      SuperSoulSeeker

      @JeremyFuhenstasser

      The last gen is nice. Just too conservative for my tastes. I just love the new one and it drives like a dream to boot.

      about 8 years ago
    • iamastupidhead84
      iamastupidhead84

      ewwww.. i like the old one better... and i NEVER say that...

      about 8 years ago
    • SuperSoulSeeker
      SuperSoulSeeker

      @oldschoolthrasher666

      You tell em. I don't know what's wrong with people these days. it's ok if you don't like the car but there are many people who do. What gets me is some of these reviewers who harp on the looks more than the performance. I love this car. I did take it over the boxes.

      about 8 years ago
    • SuperSoulSeeker
      SuperSoulSeeker

      @Jpark881

      agree. This car looks awesome.

      about 8 years ago
    • tom11zz884
      tom11zz884

      @acura1877 you are in the minority with your experience with an Acura...most of them are flawless cars.

      about 8 years ago
    • Mbaze Pashtufu
      Mbaze Pashtufu

      @acura1877 maybe you did fuck it up

      about 8 years ago
    • Mbaze Pashtufu
      Mbaze Pashtufu

      @jaronpv i know, but you dont get a lower body kit, or a spoiler, now you have to get it aftermarket

      about 8 years ago
    • Mbaze Pashtufu
      Mbaze Pashtufu

      too bad they dont still have the type s

      about 8 years ago
    • Park Jason
      Park Jason

      i dont care whatever ppl say about the front of this car w.e this cars awesome

      about 8 years ago
    • peewee2627
      peewee2627

      I heard a rumor about a 420 horsepower V8 TL being produced soon. Does anyone know if this is true??

      about 8 years ago