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2010 Acura TL Review



A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Acura TL

In short: A high-tech, mid-size luxury sports sedan.

Acura’s fourth-generation TL features an angular, modern theme with an edge of sportiness. Complementing its redesigned body is a 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine—capable of exerting 280 horsepower—and a five-speed automatic transmission with F1-style paddle shifters. This luxury sedan provides a roomier interior than previous incarnations, particularly in the rear seat area. Acura even claims that the TL is able to fit a family-sized picnic cooler in the trunk, unlike other cars in its class. The Acura TL’s finer amenities include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls, ten-way adjustable power driver’s seat, and an eight-speaker audio system with a six-disc CD changer.

Read a review of the 2006 Acura TL

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile outer body rust-through warranty; fifteen-year/150,000-mile seatbelt warranty.

Base Price: $35,105

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC V6
Horsepower: 280 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 254 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with F1-style paddle shifters

Curb weight:
3,699 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 195.3/74/57.2 in

all-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake distribution and brake assist
Suspension: double wishbone in front; multi-link in rear
Traction: vehicle stability assist with traction control

0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 152 mph (governor limited)

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

tire pressure monitoring system; dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; dual-chamber front-seat side airbags; side curtain airbags; active head restraints for front headrests; traction control

2009 Acura TL SH-AWD

A three-quarter rear view of a 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD

Raising the bar on the 2009 Acura TL’s smorgasbord of features is the TL SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive), which boasts Acura’s most powerful engine to date: a 3.7-liter, 305-horsepower V6. Combined with a fully automatic transmission, this performance sedan can transfer up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, enabling hard acceleration and tight turning. Owning one of these vehicles will set you back about $42,000.

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