Acura updates its cabin tech substantially with the new TL, while splitting the model into a base TL model and the more powerful TL SH-AWD. We test the latter and find out that, while Acura makes a good car, it still doesn't achieve the luxury afforded by its competitors.
2009 Acura TL SH-AWD
Acura updated the TL for 2009, changing the exterior styling, tuning the engine, and upgrading the cabin electronics. The company also offers a whole new version, the TL SH-AWD, fitted with a bigger engine and all-wheel-drive.
The grille shows further accentuation of the controversial Acura beak, while a stronger belt line encircles the car. The hood fits cap-like over the front of the car, with seams inboard of the fenders.
Acura refined the center knob a bit, using bigger buttons devoted to the navigation system. An audio button sits above it, but the cell phone display can only be brought up by a button on the steering wheel.