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2009 Acura TL shows its face

2009 Acura TL   32 members have voted

  1. 1. Which Looks Better?

    • 2008 Acura TL
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    • 2009 Acura TL
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The 2009 Acura TL is coming this fall, and Acura has released the first official image of the car. Acura's love-it-or-hate-it new shield-grille face is affixed to the front end of the new sedan, which also sports thin, slanted headlamps and a pair of angular lower intakes. A pronounced accent line sweeps down from back to front, where it leads directly into a very pronounced wheel arch. Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see the car's posterior.

Two TL flavors will be offered, confirming the preview report that we ran back in April. Honda doesn't announce powertrain specifics other than to confirm that the new TL will be available with Acura's SH-AWD system and also offer the marque's "most powerful engine ever." We assume that to mean the 300-horsepower 3.7L engine used in the RL and MDX will also be making an appearance in the TL. Based on what we were told back in April, look for a 280-horsepower 3.5L to serve as the base engine in the FWD car.

So, now that you've had your first look at the new TL, tell us what you think.

Source: AutoBlog

Thought I'd throw our own poll in for fun.

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Apart from the 1980's Russian-specification Lada Samara style grille, it looks smart enough but as with most large Japanese saloon cars, completely anonymous.

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Ugly front end, predictable roofline...seems everyone is copying the BMW kinked C-pillar. At least the current TL has it's own C-pillar...

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I always thought the current TL was a very handsome looking car. This, not so much. It's a rather anonymous design that's trying to liven up by shoving a big shield on its face.

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I always thought the current TL was a very handsome looking car. This, not so much. It's a rather anonymous design that's trying to liven up by shoving a big shield on its face.

Yes, the current car is very distinctive...I esp. like the rear quarter view of the current car...has unique sculpturing. I thought seriously about buying one a couple of years ago, I love the interior and the way it drives..

The new car, at what I've seen so far, doesn't look as distinctive...

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Strange looking thing. The wheel flare doesn't really work, and the trunk seems very high.

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Yes, the current car is very distinctive...I esp. like the rear quarter view of the current car...has unique sculpturing. I thought seriously about buying one a couple of years ago, I love the interior and the way it drives..

The new car, at what I've seen so far, doesn't look as distinctive...

A friend's older sister bought one. It looks very sharp, love the wheels. Looks just like this:

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It definitely looks more modern and muscular than the current. My only gripe, from what I can see here, is the roofline as it meets the rear of the car. It looks a little too generic. And of course the grille, which could be better, but at least isn't bad.

This redesign looks like it will attract luxury buyers more than the current. I like it better than the current, which is getting a little dated looking.

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Acura is capable of making good-looking cars. This does not appear to be one of them.

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Meh, it is ok, but far too generic for a luxury-branded vehicle.

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i like the back of the current TL but I find the front extremely boring. from the profile, I'm not sure if i'll like the 09 but since we only have the front pic to go on, I'm going to have vote for the 09

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A friend's older sister bought one. It looks very sharp, love the wheels. Looks just like this:

acurat500.jpg

IMO those are the best Acura wheels ever.

I voted '08. The '09 isn't a problem for me, but I still like the current one better.

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I really like the fog lamps and lower grille of the new TL. And those wheels are great. I'm so glad they didn't fuxor up the head lights.

The back end is probably going to be the most polarizing and controversial part of the new TL, based on the spy shots.

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Not bad but not good either. Those wheels are nice and I agree with siegen regarding the lower facia. But the car looks generic Hyundaish, from B pillar beyond.

Can someone chop out that ugly shield and just make the nose without it? I want to see just plain mesh grill.

Current car is not bad looking from the outside, and interior is very simple to move hands over all the important buttons. I hope they do not screw up the interior like th TSX by making it have zillions of buttons, and funky curves.

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pretty terrible. copy the last gen maxima rear. add mazda front with meat slicer grille.....ick.

way to ruin a good thing, honda.

having just looked at a Lincoln MKs over lunch, and not being overly impressed with it, i will say that it looks positively stylish in comparison to this ugly metal and rubber abortion.

Between the Avalon, new Maxima, and now this, I am supposed to be elated with Japanese crap....er.....products?

Really makes me love that pretty blue brand new lucerne someone's been parking in the lot recently here at work. G8 and CTS look amazing and stunning in comparison.

How much longer are we suppose to go on praising these japanese metal and rubber abortions?

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Ugly. The thick wheel flare is the ONLY curved line in the whole front clip- out of place by a mile. The quadruple slots in the lower fascia, with 2 different color/size/shape lights, is poorly done. Wheels are OK- reminds me completely of the CTS-Vs rims, with less atitude. The rest isn't bad, just generic/boring/anonymous as mentioned by others.

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Ugly. The thick wheel flare is the ONLY curved line in the whole front clip- out of place by a mile. The quadruple slots in the lower fascia, with 2 different color/size/shape lights, is poorly done. Wheels are OK- reminds me completely of the CTS-Vs rims, with less atitude. The rest isn't bad, just generic/boring/anonymous as mentioned by others.

+1.

Honda has built some cars with great, clean lines, such as the 1999-2000 Civic Si.

This car tries to be too many things at once, without doing any of them well.

Chris

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pretty terrible. copy the last gen maxima rear. add mazda front with meat slicer grille.....ick.

way to ruin a good thing, honda.

having just looked at a Lincoln MKs over lunch, and not being overly impressed with it, i will say that it looks positively stylish in comparison to this ugly metal and rubber abortion.

Between the Avalon, new Maxima, and now this, I am supposed to be elated with Japanese crap....er.....products?

Really makes me love that pretty blue brand new lucerne someone's been parking in the lot recently here at work. G8 and CTS look amazing and stunning in comparison.

How much longer are we suppose to go on praising these japanese metal and rubber abortions?

Mazda front? Looks like a clear evolution of the current TL.

It's probably going to look a lot better in person, as most Hondas do. The TSX's I see in person now look pretty good and make the old model look very dated, even though I still don't like most of the TSX press photos. So far the new TL looks much more premium and substantial than the G8, but then the G8 isn't supposed to look premium. The CTS is kind of a mess. If you think the fender flare looks out of place on this TL, take a real close look at the CTS; lots of odd design decisions and it lacks cohesiveness, but it has the right bling parts to make a good initial impression.

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you are smoking crack and all of that if you can honestly say the exterior of the TL (totally lame) looks nicer than the sleek G8.

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G8 is what it is, looks nice but not particularly progressive (tho AGgressive). tl is just... confused. Design as a whole has very little forward room for progression, and a number of the japanese brands just don't seem to know where to go next; they're floundering on many fronts. I actually like the current civic; real cohesive. The next tl just..... is. Also, it strikes me that not only do the wheels echoe the CTS-V's, the whole 'Veed' front bumper does as well. But I cannot stop starting at that gratuitous front frender hump.

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It's okay... however, I did read the responses... and yes, it does kind of look like a Honda Camry.

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Acura's love-it-or-hate-it new shield-grille face is affixed to the front end of the new sedan

I don't get how Autoblog can call it a "love-it-or-hate-it" grille. I think it's a "hate-it-or-not-care-too-much" grille, I can't imagine too many people really loving it. It will eventually become like the BMW grille though, nothing particularly attractive about it or great, but it just says "BMW" and works. That is if Acura doesn't change the grille again in the next FMC cycle.

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It's okay... however, I did read the responses... and yes, it does kind of look like a Honda Camry.

The rear end has some serious Lexus GS styling cues, but I think once we see a rear 3/4 shot (for better or for worse) it will not resemble it so much.

The current Camry head lights borrowed heavily from the previous TL and TSX. Otherwise I don't see the Camry resemblance in the least bit.

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it's fine but too common. there's nothing remotely about it to stand apart from the rest of the crowd. the restraint in prior generations of TL and TSX mixed along with very handsome features and surfacing was enough to set them apart as new beacons for endurance, consistency, sophistication. these new TL and TSXs over time, what are they going to say? the grille is trying to hard, the wheel flares are like everywhere else, the rears retain the old car's feel, but mixed in with the extravagant front end you can no longer say these are strongly taut and refined in a very conservative manner. the last tl and tsx were like finely pressed armani suits, if armanis are the traditional designs....these are trying way too hard to fit in and be ostentaious.

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