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2012 Acura TL
2012 Acura TL
Available Price Range $11,987-$22,243 Trims2 Combined MPG 22-24 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Acura TL

Our Take

Just three model years after a full redesign — relatively soon — Acura has restyled its 2012 TL midsize sedan to address objections to the "aggressive styling [that] may have been a bit too bold in the evolving market," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of sales for Acura. The car als... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Premium gas required
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Trunk relatively small

Notable Features

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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Since Acura introduced the TL's shield grille with its 2009 redesign, this luxury sedan's looks have been polarizing to consumers. For 2012, Acura has softened the TL's grille, but this redesigned five-seater still means business with its sharp, sporty looks. For parents who mean business, the 2012 Acura TL will fit the bill for expedient transportation and polished looks; it z... Read full review for the 2012 Acura TL

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Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 42 reviews

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Practical - and a bit refined

by middle aged married 2 kids from VA on October 13, 2012

This car does evertyhing we need it to do and I bought it mainly for reliability reasons as I had a former 99 TL which actually had better get up and go IMO than this new one, but this 2012 is still g... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Finance

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$35,705 - $39,255
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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Acura TL 3.5

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Acura TL 3.5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Acura TL 3.5

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Acura TL 3.5

Overall Rollover Rating
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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