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2009 Acura TL SH-AWD

At a Glance

Pricing $34,955 - $42,235
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 3.5l V6, 3.7l V6
Transmissions A5
Fuel Economy 17-18 (city), 25-26 (highway)

Overview Information

The TL is a premium mid-sized sedan loosely based on the popular Honda Accord. With prices starting at $35,000, the TL is a distinctively styled sedan with a high quality interior and a generous list of standard equipment. The front-wheel-drive TL base model is equipped with a powerful 280-bhp V6. For the performance enthusiast, the TL SH-AWD pairs a larger 305-bhp 3.7L V6 with Acura's all-wheel-drive system. The inclusion of all-wheel-drive widens the appeal to buyers who may be shopping rear-wheel-drive alternatives. An optional Technology package includes a voice activated navigation system, premium audio system and keyless operation. The short option list compares favorably to competitive offerings like the Cadillac CTS and Lexus ES whose base price quickly escalates with options.

What Changed:

The redesigned fourth generation TL is larger and more powerful. Dramatic new styling wraps a body that is longer (6.2 inches) and wider (1.8 inches). Horsepower increases on the 3.5L V6-powered TL base model to 280-bhp. A new TL SH-AWD model featuring Acura's performance oriented all-wheel-drive system replaces the TL Type-S. A larger 3.7L V6 in the TL SH-AWD produces 305-bhp. A five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard on both models.

Official Word:

The all-new, completely redesigned 2009 Acura TL employs dramatic new styling along with a luxurious interior that includes more driver relevant technology than ever. Featuring the most powerful Acura engine ever, the 2009 TL will be available in two distinctive versions including the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(R)) on TL. Available in the fall of 2008, the new TL will deliver a driving experience that achieves new highs within the performance luxury...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
TL 3.5l V6 (280-bhp) A5 FWD 18/26/22 $34,955
TL Technology Package 3.5l V6 (280-bhp) A5 FWD 18/26/22 $38,685
TL SH-AWD 3.7l V6 (305-bhp) A5 AWD 17/25/21 $38,505
TL SH-AWD Technology Package 3.7l V6 (305-bhp) A5 AWD 17/25/21 $42,235