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  • (4.7) 59 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,967–$20,767
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Acura TL

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Acura TL

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

2012 Acura TL Reviews

Vehicle Overview

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 also gets a new transmission, higher mileage and numerous interior upgrades.

The TL comes in front- and all-wheel-drive versions and in a base model or with the optional Technology or Advance option packages. It competes with the Audi A6, Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ and Volvo S60 and S80.

Exterior
Acura reduced the silver shield grille and added a horizontal crease in the bumper that makes the silver segment seem smaller still. The front overhang is shorter, and the headlights and turn-signal lights have been revised. Around back, Acura removed the chrome-under-glass look of the taillights and shaved some mass out of the bumper below them to make the car less blocky. The license plate position has also migrated, and the silver trim on the trunklid has been downsized.

Seventeen-inch, seven-spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires are standard. The TL with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive has 18-inch, five-spoke alloys with lower-profile tires. When equipped with the Advance Package, the TL's wheels are 19-inch, split-five-spoke aluminum rims with performance all-season tires.

Interior
The TL's well-appointed interior gets some upgrades for 2012, including a brighter display and more expansive navigation map coverage in the optional Technology Package, along with a faster USB port. The package includes real-time traffic with automatic rerouting, weather information and a premium stereo.

A new optional Advance Package includes heated and cooled front seats.

Under the Hood
Acura has replaced the 2011 TL's five-speed automatic transmission with a six-speed, which the company says improves acceleration without sacrificing efficiency. It uses rev-matching for smooth downshifts, even across two gears. A manual mode remains, and buyers can also opt for a conventional six-speed manual transmission — the stick-and-clutch-pedal variety — in all-wheel-drive versions.

The base engine is a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, and all-wheel drive teams with a 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6.

Gas mileage has improved. Aerodynamic improvements, reduced engine friction and the new six-speed collaborate to increase the 3.5-liter engine's highway mileage to 29 mpg from 26 mpg in the 2011. The city rating has increased 2 mpg to 20 mpg. Premium gas is required.

Safety
The TL has front airbags and side curtains. Also standard are front-seat-mounted side-impact torso airbags, which the rear seats don't offer. As in 2011, and now required of all 2012 models sold in the U.S., the TL has antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

The Advance Package adds a blind spot warning system.

Consumer Reviews

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Acura TL is the most reliable car ever

by Gilly from Durham on November 4, 2017

I absolutely love my TL. I'm on my 2nd one. The drive is amazing and the look of the car is sharp. The sound system is great with the technology package. Handles curves quite well even though its not ... Read Full Review

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2012 Acura TL Safety Ratings

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.

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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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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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