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2012 Acura TL - Expert Reviews


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1996 Acura TL Overview
Source: CarGurus

...including power doors and locks, and standard leather seats for the 3.5 trim.The base engine is a 2.5-liter I5 rated at 176 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.2 trim comes with a 3.2-liter V6 rated at 200 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. Mileage is estimated at 20/25 for the 2.5 and 19/24 for the 3.2.Drivers of this car bemoan a lack of aftermarket parts. Complaints also include scratches on the windows left by the guides, a problem of which Acura is aware. A few have remarked on a lack of legroom in both the front and back seats. Conversely, they love the I5 engine, declaring...

2012 Acura TL Overview
Source: CarGurus

...There’s no surprise that Acura chose to leave the suspension and chassis bits alone. The AWD trim is labeled SH-AWD, which stands for “Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive,” and that's not lying. Sadly, that handling has been compromised a bit this year with the deletion of the sporty summer tire option for all-season rubber. The summer tires were a “low-take” option, much like the 6-speed manual transmission – only 1 and 3 percent of TLs are so equipped, respectively – but they’re both big for street cred, and the TL is poorer for the loss of its sportier tire option. Acura also...

1996 Acura TL Professional Review

...The car comes with 4-speed automatic, speed-sensitive power steering, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel double wishbone suspension, side-impact door beams, child-proof rear door locks, leather interior, power windows/door locks/sliding moonroof/seats (heated)/mirrors (heated), automatic climate control, cruise control, AM/FM stereo with cassette and compact disc player and eight speakers, tilt steering, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, remote trunk and fuel lid release, keyless entry, alloy whe els and all-season tires. In the luxury segment, those not buying four-wheel-drive...

2012 Acura TL Professional Review

...with the front-wheel-drive model's 3.5-liter, 280-horsepower V-6 and 3.7-liter, 305-horsepower V-6 for the all-wheel-drive SH-AWD. A new 6-speed automatic replaces the 5-speed, and together with lower-friction engine components helps bump gas mileage up to 20 city, 29 highway for the base car (versus 18 city, 26 highway). The "super handling" AWD model raises its glass to 18/26, up one for each. A 6-speed manual is available on this trim, and the couple hundred people who order it enjoy one of the best-kept secrets among sport sedans. A precise, well-weighted clutch and a smooth, short-throw...

2012 acura tl Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...A manual-equipped TL SH-AWD hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18/26/21 with the automatic and 17/25/20 with the manual. Safety: Every 2012 Acura TL comes with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front restraints. In Edmunds brake testing, a base TL came to a stop from 60 mph in a distance of 122 feet, while the TL SH-AWD did a little better, at 120 feet. Both of these are average for the class. In government crash tests, the TL received three out of five stars for overall...

1996 Acura TL Professional Review

...power seats and windows, automatic climate control, anti-lock brakes, rear seat headrests, seat-back pockets, seat belt height adjusters, tilt steering, speed-sensitive power steering, cruise control, four-speed automatic transmission and CD player with an already extravagant sound system. Premium packages offer such goodies as traction control, heated seats and a power moon roof. * Acura has been just as thorough where the sun doesn't shine. The chassis has been redesigned with front frame rails--the assembly that holds the engine in place--making branches into the forward bulkhead. Instead...

1996 Acura TL Professional Review

...In light of such competitive cars as the stylish Infiniti J30 and Buick Riviera, Acura could have - should have - made a bolder statement with the TL. A luxury car should pamper its owner by delivering the whole package: performance, comfort, plenty of amenities and pleasing aesthetics. The 3.2TL doesn't look much different than the old Acura Vigor, the monumental flop it replaced. Be that as it may, there is very little to dislike in the way the 3.2 is assembled or in the features it offers. In fact, the 3.2TL leaves you wanting for nothing. Its list of standard features includes...

2012 Acura TL Professional Review

...When it is time to move, the TL Advance with its 3.5-liter V-6 (280 horsepower, 254 foot-pounds of torque) has enough oomph to get you going. The SH-AWD version with its 3.7-liter V-6 (305 horsepower, 273 foot-pounds of torque) is a tad more exciting. But the local constabulary in these parts will be happy to give you a speeding ticket in either one. Apparently, the people who engineered the 2012 Acura TL had lots of influence over the car’s stylists. That’s unfortunate. It’s no good to have a stunningly beautiful car with no performance guts. It is just as bad to have a...

1996 Acura TL Professional Review

...Both premium packages have a standard, leather-trimmed interior. Both have a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel. OK - you do get a leather-wrapped shift knob on the 3.2, but I'm sure lots of buyers can live without that. He: Maybe not the guys, but I'm sure that would be no problem for you and the Beardstown Ladies. Anita's rating: average Paul's rating: world class What we liked: Great safety features like standard antilock brakes and traction control; roominess; classic styling; super service amenities like free loaner cars and travel-interruption benefits. What we didn't like: The 3.2...

1996 acura tl Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...While the TL is larger inside than the Vigor it replaces, the rear seat is still no picnic for big passengers, and the rear windows won't go all the way down. Smaller people will feel quite comfortable on the supportive rear bench. Classy gauge markings compliment tasteful wood appliqu?s on the dash, which is laid out in typical Acura fashion: perfectly. The quality of the interior materials and the feel of the switchgear approaches that of the vaunted Lexus ES 300, though some glossy plastic on the armrest door handles detract from the ambiance. Exterior styling is attractive, but...

Acura TL Related News
2013 Acura TL Special Edition

2013 Acura TL Special Edition Revealed

The current-generation Acura TL has been around since the 2009 model year and a successor is due soon, most likely badged as a TLX. To help keep interest in the current model... read more June 7, 2013 by 

2008 Acura TL

2007-08 Acura TL Models Recalled For Leaky Power Steering Hose

Acura has issued a voluntarily recall on all 2007 and 2008 TL sedans due to a potential fluid leak caused by worn out power steering hoses. Acura says there are some 52,615... read more May 17, 2012 by 

2003 Acura TL

Acura Recalls TL and CL Models For Driver Airbag Issue

Honda is expanding an already-announced recall of select 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models. At issue is the driver’s airbag inflator, which may deploy with too much... read more December 2, 2011 by 

2012 Acura TL

2012 Acura TL: First Drive

When it was launched as a 2009 model, the Acura TL was the most extreme definition of Acura's new styling direction. It was a polarizing design, with a brash front end and... read more May 2, 2011 by  4

2012 Acura TL

2012 Acura TL On Sale March 18, Starts From $35,605

If you're jonesing for some slightly de-beaked Acura TL, you don't have long to wait: the new 2012 version goes on sale on March 18. Unfortunately, apart from a very mild... read more March 9, 2011 by  5

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