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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Tons of user-friendly high-tech features
A feast of advanced technology
Nav boasts real-time traffic information, specific lane routing for multilane highways
Car and Driver
Over the past decades, Acura has earned itself a place in the heart of younger luxury shoppers for its innovative use of high-tech features. The 2009 Acura TL continues that tradition, offering all the usual goodies and, in what is becoming a common move for Acura, an industry-first option.
The base Acura TL is hardly deserving of its lowly "base" designation, as Edmunds reports that this Acura 2009 comes standard with "tons of user-friendly high-tech features." Among the more noteworthy standard items on the 2009 Acura TL are "iPod and Bluetooth connectivity," full power accessories, "an eight-speaker stereo with in-dash six-CD changer, [and] satellite radio," according to Edmunds reviewers. Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com list even more standard features, which Motor Trend says are "enough to make the commander of a Los Angeles-class submarine jealous," including "a conventional AUX jack plus a USB port that allows complete control (and charging) of your iPod through the audio system" of the Acura TL.
Few cars on the road today come standard with full iPod integration, but the 2009 Acura TL offers much more than that, if you're willing to spend a little extra. The most frequently mentioned option package in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com is the appropriately named Technology Package, which adds, among other features, a "voice-activated navigation system" that Cars.com attests "works well and features improved screen graphics compared to Acura's current system." Edmunds reviewers mention that the Acura 2009 Tech Package also brings "real-time traffic, real-time weather forecasts, GPS-linked and solar-sensing adaptive climate control system...and a 10-speaker Panasonic/ELS surround-sound system with DVD audio and 12.7 GB of digital music storage." Car and Driver is particularly impressed with the Acura TL's navigation system, which they say features "specific lane routing for multilane highways, and an industry-first Doppler radar weather-map feature." For you audiophiles out there, Cars.com reports that the 2009 Acura TL's hard drive "allows users to upload music from CDs or flash drives" and can actually "recognize the artist and track names from the CD you want to record."
The 2009 Acura TL can get pricey if you step up to some of its options, but they’re some of the most impressive, high-tech upgrades.