The Fuglification Of Acura

Without a doubt I’ve always enjoyed Acura cars (and SUVs). Probably back to the Legend and Integra days they really set themselves apart. When the MDX came out – my mom was right there almost first in line. My sister picked up an RSX a few years after that and I found myself in a brand new TL when the updated 3rd generation showed up in 2004. After a nice few years the TL was moved aside (front-end T-bone totaled it) for a really nice 2005 RL (shout out to Buddy even if his voice has changed a bit lately.)

But c’mon, Acura. What are you doing with the “refreshed” RL & TL lines for 2009? They’re just fugly.

Acura TL Before:

And after…

How about the RL for this year? The old:

And the new…

A face only a mother could love… Honestly now… At least they kept the interior the same… Which is already impressive enough… (They did add cooling seats… Hello 2002 Lexus?) I will say they also got the back end dead on…

Why they messed up the new TL so badly who knows… So the RL wins out over the TL by a long shot… But it’s still two “L’s” in the losing column. The new wide grill, otherwise known as “Dynamic Power Plenum” grill just destroys any appeal for me…

We all held our breaths for a while… Waiting to see if the cars most of us had grown to love over the years would be “betterfied” by Acura – even if they haven’t been selling for years (just 6262 RLs sold in 2007). The wait is over and I’m just not sure with what’s left that I’d trade up my current Acura for a new one… Makes the Audi A5 look awfully good next year…

Here’s hoping that the NSX can save Acura’s image…

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  1. I totally agree! I owned Honda Preludes and Acura Integra’s/RSX’s since 1980, but when they dropped the RSX, I moved over to the Infiniti G35. For me, they have gone downhill, especially from the sporty aspect.

  2. The thing is – I WANT to like them… The more I drive my 2005 RL the more I LOVE it. Funny enough – it wasn’t until I actually rode in the backseat while my wife drove me home (just for fun, of course…) I just looked around and thought – this is a great car. Plenty of room, top notch materials, design, ride, quietness – just all around quality. Now with the 2009 – the interior is still great – it’s not until you get to the exterior does it start to fall apart… I also had a Civic and a Prelude – but those were 1985 years… They were all ugly then! LOL – it wasn’t until the 1990 did they have cool Preludes… Good memories… Remember the Prelude that had back wheels that turned in? I should update it to be called the Exterior Fuglification of Acura.

  3. Yeah – there’s something to be said for that… Don’t think that worrying about how a $50,000 car looks is all I think about… LOL – or is it? Sweet deal you’re paid off though… I had a car like that once… a long time ago…

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