It would be unfair to criticize Acura for the current state of their sedan lineup because many automakers are struggling to sell their cars in a market that’s now heavily tilted towards crossovers. That being said, Honda’s luxury brand really botched the 2009 TL. How bad did the beak aesthetic affect sales? Not that much, actually. Customers lost interest in the TL several years before the fourth generation debuted. But it certainly didn’t help things. Fortunately, our featured Acura is not one of those models.
For millennials, Acura remained a pretty desirable brand well into the 2000s. Even with the loss of the Integra, the RSX, and the CL, the brand retained its sportiness with the TL and TSX. These models, and especially the TL Type S, will probably be collectibles at some point in the future. This particular TL is most definitely not an actual Type S, despite what the ad says. That’s a bit unfortunate, because those models were pretty potent. They employed the RL’s 3.5 liter V6 and were tuned for 286 horsepower, which is a pretty impressive figure for 2007, especially for something like the TL, which is slighter smaller than the American Accord from the same era. Then again, even this TL comes equipped with a potent engine: the 258 horsepower 3.2 liter V6.
It’s been about sixteen years since this generation originally debuted. In that time, we’ve seen a lot of changes in how sedans are styled. But this TL still looks just as good as it did when it originally sat on an Acura lot. I have a feeling the designers responsible for the 2008 Malibu looked to the TL for inspiration.
Our featured Acura looks like it’s seen a bit of action. The driver’s seat is torn up a bit and it appears that every seat boasts a bit of wear.
Leather equipped cars generally tend to tell better stories than their cloth counterparts. This Acura seems to be saying that passengers regular sat in the back. You probably wouldn’t be able to glean that type of information from cars that didn’t have cow hide in them.
Otherwise, the cabin seems like it’s in pretty decent shape. Ever wanted a car equipped with Bluetooth, a CD player, and a cassette player? Well here’s your chance! If I remember correctly, this was one of the last cars to feature a cassette player. If the Acura lacks a USB input or auxiliary audio jack, that’s actually a blessing. Why didn’t they ever give a Nobel Prize to the guy who invented the cassette adapter? He clearly deserves it.
In any event, this is still a nice looking car. This TL seems a little rough around the edges, with some cloudy light housings and the worn seats. But those don’t strike me as serious issues.
And the reliability of the TL is hard to beat. This strikes me as the ideal college car for the kid who wants something with a little pizazz.
With about 160k miles on the clock and some interior wear, it’s not the most collectible TL. But it’s still pretty solid. And the $4200 asking price is reasonable.
Source Hudson Valley craigslist