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2012 Acura TL Consumer Reviews

4.7
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Practical - and a bit refined

by 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...
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 good. The cooled seats are the best, don't even think about not getting them. They really improve the overall comfort level. The new technology in the Advance is a dream and it will change the way you drive by reducing stress. Dealers are 'dealing' on this car as I picked up the Advance (not SHAWD) package for $35.5. Yes - that's the truth so go and 'deal'.
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Impressive overall package!

by from Seattle on April 6, 2013

Started my car search wanting to buy Mercedez C300 4Matic with Navigation and Premium Package. After looking at the Merc, BMW 3-series, and Lexus ES350, I bought 2012 Acura TL. I was going to buy the ...
Started my car search wanting to buy Mercedez C300 4Matic with Navigation and Premium Package. After looking at the Merc, BMW 3-series, and Lexus ES350, I bought 2012 Acura TL. I was going to buy the 2013 model, but got an amazing deal on the 2012 Certified Pre-Owned and I bought the car with 5K miles on it. Excellent interior, pick-up, ease-of-use of all the tech package amenities, and the list goes on and on. I have had the car for less than a month, but I am super happy!
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Refined

by from Ok on November 23, 2013

2012 Acura TL 3.5 Advance-is more car for your money compared to similar competitors. The exterior lines are smooth and pleasing Interior offers many features. Leather heated and cooled seats are comf...
2012 Acura TL 3.5 Advance-is more car for your money compared to similar competitors. The exterior lines are smooth and pleasing Interior offers many features. Leather heated and cooled seats are comfortable. Cabin is spacious, and quiet even at high rpms. 6 speed AT has quick smooth shifting. Accelerations from standing start or to passing speeds are faster than expected. Handling is smooth and accurate. Steering is precise Fuel economy has been as predicted Trunk space an area of concern with other reviews- Is better than expected. Roomy and access easier than expected. Reasons for this purchase luxury vehicle, Long history of better than expected reliability. I find is important, I don't like spending money for unexpected repairs or having to purchase routine care or parts only from the auto maker dealerships only. The feature I appreciate more than expected is the blind spot indicator. Feature I don't like- Premium gas 91 octane or higher is recommended
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Great Value for a luxury AWD car

by from Englewood, CO on December 18, 2012

I just purchased a 2012 Acura TL Technology AWD. Excellent price compared to other comparable models. Much better back seat legroom than Infiniti. Too early to know about reliability, but I like it ev...
I just purchased a 2012 Acura TL Technology AWD. Excellent price compared to other comparable models. Much better back seat legroom than Infiniti. Too early to know about reliability, but I like it every bit as much as my old Lexus ES350. More features for less money and All Wheel Drive
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Great value car

by from Maryland on October 1, 2013

Engine is very smooth, sport mode is a thrill. Technology package in the sh model is the way to go. Umber leather interior is beautiful. This car has everything you need, plenty of room in the back se...
Engine is very smooth, sport mode is a thrill. Technology package in the sh model is the way to go. Umber leather interior is beautiful. This car has everything you need, plenty of room in the back seat, speed, sport tuning, great power train, superior handling, came from a 2006 c280 and this car is hands down a lot more friendly and fun!!!
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Acura is probably one of the underrated automobile

by from Lake Mary, Florida on November 23, 2013

Best banged for your money, more features, more value within car segment, higher resale value, superior service at seat dealer level ( IMHO ), Acura does stand by their product existing armrest which ...
Best banged for your money, more features, more value within car segment, higher resale value, superior service at seat dealer level ( IMHO ), Acura does stand by their product existing armrest which surface started to wrinkled. Honda should support Acura R&D a lot more so we can enjoy variety, features and technology at a higher level. You can't go wrong with this car.
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Awesome Car

by from Maine on November 16, 2014

Bought a 2012 Acura TL with Advance Package....after 3 weeks and many highway and I town miles, all I can say is WOW! Super handling, great mileage 30mpg on highway, excellent dealer experience. ELS s...
Bought a 2012 Acura TL with Advance Package....after 3 weeks and many highway and I town miles, all I can say is WOW! Super handling, great mileage 30mpg on highway, excellent dealer experience. ELS stereo is the BEST car stereo that I have ever heard! All this, and I know that it will be reliable and have a very high resale value. This will be my first of many Acura's. Much better than my previous Infiniti G37x. Highly recommend the TL Advance.
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TL's Keep Improving

by from Denver, Colorado on August 5, 2013

My first TL was a '97 that I had for 16 years. This new TL is fantastic in performance, comfort and style. With 80 more horstpower and 2 more gears I am getting more mpg than with the '97. I purchased...
My first TL was a '97 that I had for 16 years. This new TL is fantastic in performance, comfort and style. With 80 more horstpower and 2 more gears I am getting more mpg than with the '97. I purchased one with the Technology Package and am enjoying all the bells and whistles.
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Excellent Car for an Upgrade

by from Queens, NY on December 19, 2015

I upgraded to my first 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD from a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE. It was about time as the Maxima was 13 years old. In my opinion, this model TL will age very very well. The sharp lines still...
I upgraded to my first 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD from a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE. It was about time as the Maxima was 13 years old. In my opinion, this model TL will age very very well. The sharp lines still amaze me when I walk towards and away from my car. The interior is also very nice. The overwhelming buttons can be easily acclimated quickly. This is a gas guzzler but that's expected with this car. In terms of reliability, I can't really say since I've had it for 3 weeks so far. Overall, I'm happy I purchased this car over the others that were cross shopped. (e.g. 7th Gen Nissan Maxima, 2012 Infiniti G37x Coupe)
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3.7L SH-AWD Advanced

by from SE Michigan on March 24, 2016

I owned the 2009 TL base before getting a CPO 2012 SH-AWD Advanced. I love that you can mash the accelerator and the power goes down to all four tires, eliminating the spin that plagued the FWD versio...
I owned the 2009 TL base before getting a CPO 2012 SH-AWD Advanced. I love that you can mash the accelerator and the power goes down to all four tires, eliminating the spin that plagued the FWD version. Versus the FWD version, SH-AWD has neutral cornering. The torque vectoring corrects the understeer, but you do need to goose the pedal since the system isn't activated unless there's a wheel turn and some throttle input. The ventilated seats on the advance are great with the perforated leather and three fan speeds. The ride on the low-profile 19" wheels is firm, but seemingly no firmer than the base model with 17" wheels, probably due to superior seat construction. The sound system on the Advance (like the Tech) is a nice upgrade from the base system, with more amp power, especially in the subwoofer, which gives the low end the reach that was missing on the base model. On the audio system, gone is the 16-character limit on song titles (vs. the base TL), the audio system sharing the nav screen displays 30+ characters. The nav system itself good, giving you decent prior warning before turns, on par with the iPhone's Maps turn-by-turn navigation. (My maps are out of date, but that's a liability of the car.) There is a nice inset in the nav display where it tells you what lane you need to be in to exit at a highway interchange. It is hard to find things to complain about. I have no complaints about the ride, acceleration, handling braking, etc. It's a great driver's car. My only complains are related to the electronics: (1) My biggest complaint is that when you are ripping a CD to the built-in hard drive, it encodes at a fixed 128 bps. Fine for audio books but not good enough for music. I prefer to rip at 256 or higher. (2) My second complaint is when navigating music through the iPod interface. When you are playing a track, you can hit Cancel to get back to the list of tracks on an album, but when you hit Cancel again, you do not get to the list of albums. You have to reselect the artist from the top of the list and drill down into the albums. If you were listening to ZZTop's Afterburner and want to switch to Eliminator, this is a pain. (3) Phone control: Dial by voice tag is a pain in the neck. it's easier and faster to dial a stored number by hitting a couple of buttons, with the aid of the nav screen. (4) Displayed album art is too small and not far enough to the right side of the display.
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