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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
All 2009 Acura TL models come with antilock disc brakes with brake assist
The 2009 Acura TL works hard to keep both driver and passengers safe, and based on crash test results, it succeeds admirably.
The newest Acura TL is a true standout in both NHTSA and IIHS crash tests, earning top marks from both institutions. In IIHS tests, the Acura 2009 TL lineup earns the highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset impact and side impact tests. The Acura TL performs so well, in fact, that the IIHS awards it a Top Safety Pick, citing the Acura TL's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control." The 2009 Acura TL also aces NHTSA's set of crash tests, earning a perfect five-star rating in both front impact categories, both side impact categories, and the rollover protection category. In short, few cars can hope to match the Acura 2009 TL lineup when it comes to comparing crash-test scores.
In addition to its industry-leading scores in the various crash tests, the 2009 Acura TL boasts a number of standard safety features that work in concert to provide a safe ride. Edmunds reviewers note that "all 2009 Acura TL models come with antilock brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control...and active front restraints," while Cars.com adds "side curtain airbags [and] front-seat side-impact airbags" to the list of standard safety features on the Acura TL.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com also rave about driver visibility from within the 2009 Acura TL, which is among the best of any sedan on the road. ConsumerGuide reports that the "slim front roof pillars provide good forward visibility," while a few design elements also contribute to rear visibility. Among those elements, Edmunds points out that the "large flip-up headrests provide protection for occupants, while clearing rear vision when nobody's back there." In the event that you are carrying passengers in the backseats, Automobile Magazine reviewers highlight the available "rear-view camera, [a] part of the...technology package" on the 2009 Acura TL.
Acura turns its attention toward safety with the redesigned 2009 Acura TL, one of the few vehicles to earn perfect scores in all of its crash tests.