By James Bergeron

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2009 Acura TL

Day 1:

2009 Acura TL
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The alphabet soup continues this week with YALC (Yet Another Luxury Car) as I continue on the string of high rollers I’ve been riding for the past two months or so. This week, the car is the 2009 Acura TL, affectionately referred to as “The Grille,” referring to none other than the gigantic chrome schnoz on the redesigned-for-2009 TL.

My TL tester is a front wheel drive version, the most “basic” model TL available, with a price of $39,990. Also available are the TL-Tech at $43,490, the TL SH-AWD ($44,490) and of course the TL SH-AWD Tech for $47,990; all prices are plus freight of $1,825.

2009 Acura TL
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I don’t want to talk about the styling. It is polarizing, that is for certain and I’m sure 90 per cent of the comments on this blog will discuss how Acura got it all wrong with the grille. But let’s put that aside, forget about the styling and instead focus on the car’s substance, shall we?

Like most other Hondas and Acuras, the TL has grown from generation to generation. For some this could be a good thing, but the TL was plenty large before so I’m not sure it needed to be much larger; this is a big car.

This model is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine, while the SH-AWD model trumps it with a 3.7-litre engine. These engines produce 280hp and 305hp respectively; that is a lot of power in a mid-sized sedan, as evidenced by the black streaks on the pavement where I picked up the vehicle, attempted to leave in a rush and nearly fried the front tires off.

I was a big fan of the previous generation TL although I did find it a little on the firm side suspension-wise. It certainly was one fine automobile, so we’ll see how this new car stacks up. And one note about styling — I did like the previous generation’s looks more…

2009 Acura TL
MSRP as tested (including destination): $41,815

For more information on Acura and the TL visit Acura Canada

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