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2012 Acura TL: 2011 Chicago Auto Show

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We've already brought you key details and live photos of the 2012 Acura TL fresh from Chicago, but now we have the full details. A mild mid-cycle refresh, the 2012 TL adds value to the existing car without significantly changing the package.

Acura pitches it as "refined, yet aggressive," and we have to agree--refinement of options and features, and one very aggro grille that's revised, but not done with the brightwork beak.

New features for the 2012 Acura TL include a Sequential SportShift six-speed automatic transmission that delivers 20/29 mpg fuel economy ratings, new front and rear styling, a revised interior, and numerous technology upgrades.

The SportShift transmission, though geared for efficiency, adds an element of sport by blipping the throttle on downshifts to better match revs, and allows a double-downshift for hard braking into slower turns.

Upgrades to the 3.5-liter V-6 engine reduce friction to boost output slightly, and the 3.7-liter, 305-horsepower engine shares an upgraded air inlet system with the 3.5. The 3.7-liter engine is standard on the SH-AWD model, while the front-drive TL gets the 3.5-liter.

Updates to the Technology Package include a 60-gigabyte hard-disk based navigation/entertainment system, allowing more map coverage. USB speed is also boosted for quicker transfer of music and media, and the VGA-resolution screen gets brighter with richer color. A new Advance Package adds ventilated front seats and a new blind-spot information (BSI) system.

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  1. Looks like the chief designer took a dremel tool to the grill and called it a day!
     
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  2. Looks like the chief designer took a dremel tool to the grill and called it a day!
     
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  3. Wow, it actually looks worse. I'm glad there is less grill, but now the grill isn't balanced with the front end at all. It just gets pointed and low in the front, doesn't flow with the car at all. What a boring profile.
     
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  4. One should not undervalue Acura reliability, but agree that the changes are uninspired and insufficient. Tt will also likley fall short on features, cabin size, appearance, horsepower, warranty and cost to the base V6 2012 Genesis.
     
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  5. But then "Prof." all you are going to be left with is a car that drives like the Genesis and the resale value of a Hyundai. Let's all wait to a least drive a TL SH-AWD before you make snap judgments about the validity of a car based on the size of its schnoz.
     
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