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My 2009 Acura TL – Wonderful Car

my 2009 acura tl

As I head into my 70’s, my 2009 Acura TL might just be my last personal car. And it’s been great to own and drive.

Recently, I have been wondering if Hilda and I still need two cars. I get these thoughts every year at insurance renewal. I really don’t drive that much anymore, just a few times a week. Mainly visits to friends and Home Depot.

This got me thinking about how much I have enjoyed this wonderful car. Most of my driving history has been with mid-sized “ordinary” cars, including 18 years of Ford Taurus. While I had short stints with an Audi 100 and 5000, German cars were expensive to maintain. So, about 16 years ago, I decided to go Japanese upscale.

At the time, I was doing a lot of highway driving. A friend suggested I try Acura. I bought a used, low-mileage Certified 2003 Acura TL Type S. My objectives were reliability, luxury and especially stability control. My experiences with the TL and the local Silverhill Acura dealer were so good, I took the plunge for a brand-new 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD. Never looked back.

It’s been 13 years and 150,000 kilometers and my car still drives like its brand new. Amazing. And I am probably only half-way through its lifetime.

Let’s review my repair costs. Oh, wait! I haven’t had any. Just regular maintenance. My total cost of ownership over 13 years has run about $240 a month plus gas and insurance.

My 2009 Acura TL Performance

I find the SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) exceeds expectations, especially in Canadian winters. Highway gas consumption is about 8.0 liters per 100 kilometers, or about 29 mpg. Not great but good enough. Seats are very comfy. Lots of V6 power. I really could not ask for a lot more in a car.

So, I think I will just enjoy this car until it expires, if it ever does. Stepping into an upscale sedan was a good decision. Eventually, I will just share Hilda’s RAV4, if she lets me!

(By the way, our long term experiences with Honda and Toyota have been great. Interestingly, our TL and RAV4 were both made in the USA.)

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