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2012 Acura TL

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$9,251 — $19,047 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Styling vastly improved
  • Higher mileage
  • Manual transmission option
  • AWD performance
  • Standard leather
  • Interior comfort

The Bad

  • Premium gas required
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Trunk relatively small
2012 Acura TL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Acura TL
  • Refined exterior styling
  • New six-speed automatic
  • Optional manual transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Upgraded LCD screen
  • Optional heated/cooled front seats

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2012 Acura TL. It competes with the Volkswagen CC and BMW 328.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
74 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Solid, reliable and stylish.

by TL SHO from BRISTOL RI on November 15, 2018

SHO model well worth it. Still adding music too hard drive. TLX did not match quality,size off style. Paint excellent. Wheel package paid for itself. Read full review

(4.0)

Makes traffic a lot more enjoyable

by CGRealtor from Austin, TX on October 25, 2018

I have the advanced package and this car is a great intro to the Acura brand, even being a used car. The seats are comfortable, so no matter how bipolar Texas weather can be, I can heat or cool my ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Acura TL currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Acura TL 3.5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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