Acura TL Model Changes
The Acura TL receives several changes for 2012, including a revised grille and updated nose contours. Headlights are now darker, and new tail lamps have been fitted. Inside, the TL is now quieter thanks to increased noise isolation materials and a new navigation system has been fitted. Last year's 5-speed automatic transmission has been replaced with a 6-speed unit, which Acura says will increase fuel economy by 3 mpg. Finally, an Advance option package is now offered, including blind spot detection, upgraded wheels and ventilated seats.
Thanks to its aggressive styling, the 2012 Acura TL stands out in its class; its two separate models cater separately to comfort-oriented buyers and performance enthusiasts. Although the TL is not priced particularly low, the sum of technology features offered in the 2012 Acura TL is better than most other mid-size luxury cars.
On the inside, the 2012 Acura TL has a layout that affords both the driver and front passenger their own personal space, divided by a center console and audio controls that protrude outward. Front occupants get firm but comfortable sport seats and there's space in back for three adults across.
2012 Acura TL Prices
|2012 Acura TL Advance Automatic Transmission 4-Door Sedan 2-Wheel Drive||$41,635|
|2012 Acura TL Advance Automatic Transmission 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$45,185|
|2012 Acura TL Automatic Transmission 4-Door Sedan 2-Wheel Drive||$35,705|
|2012 Acura TL Automatic Transmission 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$39,255|
|2012 Acura TL Tech Automatic Transmission 4-Door Sedan 2-Wheel Drive||$39,435|
|2012 Acura TL Tech Automatic Transmission 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$42,985|
|2012 Acura TL Tech Manual Transmission 4-Door Sedan Super Handling-All Wheel Drive||$42,985|
A 280-horsepower, 3.5L V6 powers the front-wheel-drive TL through a new-for-2012 Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive SH-AWD model upgrades to a 305-horsepower, 3.7L V6 and a throaty high-flow dual exhaust system that brings more of a sport-sedan character. Although the all-wheel-drive model does improve the TL's available traction in snow and on slippery roads, the primary focus of the SH-AWD is to improve stability in sharp corners by sending torque to the wheels that need it most. The SH-AWD offers an optional a 6-speed manual transmission.
For both models, a double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link setup assure a firm but smooth ride. The SH-AWD model is tuned for more responsive handling without giving up much in ride comfort, by incorporating a performance-tuned suspension, larger wheels and tires and a version of the electric power steering system tuned for more feel of the road. Versions equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission also receive numerous other changes to the vehicle's dynamics, including a self-adjusting clutch assembly and a specially calibrated Hill Start Assist that helps hold the vehicle on inclines of 8 degrees or more. The hood is made of aluminum for weight savings in both models.
Standard features on the 2012 Acura TL include dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink calling interface and an 8-speaker, 276-watt sound system. XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth audio streaming are also standard.
2012 Acura TL Parts and Accessories
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- Performance & Tuning
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- Interior Accessories
- Tires & Wheels
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- Tools & Equipment
Options are limited on the 2012 Acura TL, the most noteworthy of them being the Technology Package. It brings premium Milano leather surfaces, plus Acura's voice-recognition navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather info, a surround-sound premium system with ten speakers, 440 watts and a 2,500-song hard-drive system and Keyless Access. An active noise cancellation system and ambient lighting system are also included. New this year is the Advance option package, which adds a blind spot warning system, larger wheels, and ventilated front seats.