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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Rear seat is spacious
Interior storage space is good
Material qualities are first-rate
Car and Driver
As Honda's more upscale brand, Acura is held to a higher standard in the quality department, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the latest Acura 2009 TL doesn't disappoint.
Inside the 2009 Acura TL you can expect to find what Edmunds calls a "spacious cabin." Up front, Automobile Magazine reviewers comment that the "comfortable seats embrace you with deep side bolsters," and in keeping with Acura's upscale image, "both front seats are power, with memory for the driver's side." Cars.com agrees that "the front seats [are] both comfortable and supportive," while reviewers are equally pleased with the rear accommodations inside the Acura TL. ConsumerGuide reports that "headroom is good" inside the 2009 Acura TL, while Motor Trend notes that "the new TL provides noticeably more rear-seat legroom than the outgoing car." In comparison to some of the Acura TL's chief rivals, Cars.com says that the backseat is "vastly roomier than any of the competition from BMW, Audi, Cadillac or Infiniti."
Aside from offering decent performance numbers, the 2009 Acura TL makes its case as a practical family vehicle, thanks to its decent storage volume. Edmunds reports that the "trunk holds 13.1 cubic feet of luggage, a bit less than typical" for the class but not too low to make it impractical. Even though the trunk falls slightly below the class average, ConsumerGuide finds that "trunk space has been increased," but a "rise in the trunk floor...robs most of the gains." Inside the cabin, ConsumerGuide contends that "interior storage space is good" on the Acura 2009 TL.
The interior of the 2009 Acura TL is dressed up with a liberal dose of upscale materials—Car and Driver says that "material qualities are first-rate, and this car feels more upscale than the previous one did." Automobile Magazine agrees, finding that "the quality of interior materials is very good." ConsumerGuide reviewers voice similar opinions of the Acura TL, and report that the interior features "rich-feeling leather, soft dash and door surfaces, and metallic trim" that help justify the 2009 Acura TL's sticker price.
Build quality is also exemplary on the base 2009 Acura TL, at least if cabin noise levels are any indication. Motor Trend notes that the Acura TL "immediately impresses with its quiet," while Cars.com says the latest TL is "almost Lexus-silent." However, stepping up to the higher-performance SH-AWD brings a noise penalty, as these "versions suffer from road and tire noise that are excessive for the class," according to ConsumerGuide.
The 2009 Acura TL is all-day comfortable yet still manages to keep you from sliding during high-performance driving.