2012 Acura TL Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$35,705-$45,185
$33,527-$42,301
18 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- 6-speed automatic transmission now standard
- Increased fuel efficiency
- Revised exterior styling
- More powerful communication and navigation systems

Exterior Features
The 2012 Acura TL is a midsize luxury sedan with a slightly less prominent front end, compared with the 2011 model. The TL is available in two trims: the TL, which uses front-wheel drive, and the TL SH-AWD, which is more powerful and features all-wheel drive. Both trims come with 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, and automatic Xenon headlights.

Interior Features
Base interior features on the Acura TL include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, 8-speaker sound system, and power accessories. The TL SH-AWD has sportier suspension and steering, more powerful brakes, and upgraded seats with contrasting leather stitching.

Optional Features
On both trims, the Technology package includes upgraded leather upholstery, rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, higher-performance tires, solar-sensing and GPS-linked climate control, navigation system, upgraded communications system, 10-speaker premium sound system, and a rear spoiler. The Advance package adds larger wheels, ventilated front seats, and a blind-spot warning system.

Under the Hood
The standard power plant for the 2012 Acura TL is a 3.5-liter, 280-horsepower V-6 engine with a new 6-speed automatic transmission that boosts fuel efficiency, according to the manufacturer. The TL SH-AWD trim uses Acura's proprietary Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, coupled with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 305 horsepower. With the larger engine, a 6-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Acura TL are:
- TL with base engine: 20/29/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- TL with 3.7-liter engine and automatic transmission: 18/26/21 mpg
- TL with 3.7-liter engine and manual transmission: 17/25/20 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Acura TL include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, hill-hold assist, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags. Other features are optional.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2012 Acura TL received 2 (out of 5) stars for front-impact crash protection; 4 stars for side-impact crash protection; 5 stars for rollover protection; and 3 stars overall. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the TL received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for all safety tests.

What's New for 2012:
- 6-speed automatic transmission now standard
- Increased fuel efficiency
- Revised exterior styling
- More powerful communication and navigation systems

Exterior Features
The 2012 Acura TL is a midsize luxury sedan with a slightly less prominent front end, compared with the 2011 model. The TL is available in two trims: the TL, which uses front-wheel drive, and the TL SH-AWD, which is more powerful and features all-wheel drive. Both trims come with 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, and automatic Xenon headlights.

Interior Features
Base interior features on the Acura TL include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, 8-speaker sound system, and power accessories. The TL SH-AWD has sportier suspension and steering, more powerful brakes, and upgraded seats with contrasting leather stitching.

Optional Features
On both trims, the Technology package includes upgraded leather upholstery, rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, higher-performance tires, solar-sensing and GPS-linked climate control, navigation system, upgraded communications system, 10-speaker premium sound system, and a rear spoiler. The Advance package adds larger wheels, ventilated front seats, and a blind-spot warning system.

Under the Hood
The standard power plant for the 2012 Acura TL is a 3.5-liter, 280-horsepower V-6 engine with a new 6-speed automatic transmission that boosts fuel efficiency, according to the manufacturer. The TL SH-AWD trim uses Acura's proprietary Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, coupled with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 305 horsepower. With the larger engine, a 6-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Acura TL are:
- TL with base engine: 20/29/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- TL with 3.7-liter engine and automatic transmission: 18/26/21 mpg
- TL with 3.7-liter engine and manual transmission: 17/25/20 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Acura TL include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, hill-hold assist, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags. Other features are optional.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2012 Acura TL received 2 (out of 5) stars for front-impact crash protection; 4 stars for side-impact crash protection; 5 stars for rollover protection; and 3 stars overall. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the TL received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for all safety tests.

Available Trims for the 2012 Acura TL
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Auto (4dr Sdn 2WD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35705.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name Tech Auto (4dr Sdn 2WD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 39435.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name Advance Auto (4dr Sdn 2WD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 41635.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name Auto (4dr Sdn SH-AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 39255.00 Engine 3.7L/223 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
Name Tech Man (4dr Sdn SH-AWD) Transmission Manual MSRP 42985.00 Engine 3.7L/223 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
Name Tech Auto (4dr Sdn SH-AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 42985.00 Engine 3.7L/223 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
Name Advance Auto (4dr Sdn SH-AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 45185.00 Engine 3.7L/223 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
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INTERIOR
  • Heated leather-trimmed sport bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr seats, 2-way driver pwr lumbar
  • Active front headrests
  • Rear bench seat w/adjustable headrests
  • Rear seat center armrest w/locking trunk pass-through
  • Front center console -inc: sliding tray
  • Black carpeting
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped collapsible tilt & telescoping steering wheel -inc: controls for audio, cruise, phone, multi-info display
  • Theft deterrent system w/electronic immobilizer
  • LED back-lit instruments w/progressive illumination (2011)
  • Multi-info display
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Maintenance Minder system
  • Alarm system (2011)
  • Pwr windows w/front auto up-down, auto-reverse, remote open, key-off operation
  • Pwr door locks
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry system -inc: trunk release, personalized settings for drivers seat, mirrors, audio
  • Dual zone/mode automatic climate control -inc: air filtration, automatic humidity control, rear vents w/controls
  • Rear window defroster w/timer (2011)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors -inc: driver card holder (2011)
  • Ambient cabin lighting -inc: footwell lighting, console lighting
  • Footwell lighting
  • Door-mounted courtesy lights (2011)
  • Front/rear LED map lights
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob
  • Front/rear beverage holders
  • (2) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Simulated wood trim
  • Heated Milano premium perforated leather-trimmed sport bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr seats, 2-way driver pwr lumbar
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped collapsible tilt & telescoping steering wheel -inc: controls for audio, cruise, phone, multi-info display, voice recognition
  • Keyless push button ignition
  • Navigation system -inc: voice recognition, traffic rerouting, rearview camera, Zagat ratings
  • AcuraLink satellite communication system -inc: real-time traffic, weather
  • Keyless access system -inc: smart entry, trunk release, personalized settings for drivers seat, mirrors, audio settings, navigation settings
  • Automated appointments
  • Interface dial
  • GPS-linked solar sensing temperature control
  • Textured metal interior trim
  • Heated & ventilated Milano premium perforated leather-trimmed sport bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr seats, 2-way driver pwr lumbar
EXTERIOR
  • 17" x 8" 7-spoke alloy wheels
  • P245/50VR17 all-season tires
  • Temporary spare tire
  • Pwr operated moonroof w/tilt -inc: auto-open/close, auto-reverse, key-off operation
  • Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights w/auto-on/off
  • Front fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Acoustic glass windshield (2011)
  • Heated pwr mirrors w/memory, reverse-gear tilt down, integrated LED directional signals
  • Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers (2011)
  • Body-color door handles
  • Rear lid spoiler -inc: integrated rearview camera
  • 18" x 8" 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • P245/45VR18 all-season tires
  • Bumper-integrated front brake cooling ducts
  • 19" x 8" alloy wheels
  • P245/40WR19 all-season tires
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L SOHC PGM-FI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine
  • Drive-by-wire throttle system
  • 6-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission -inc: paddle shifters, grade logic control
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent double wishbone front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Electric variable pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • Integrated dual outlet exhaust
  • 3.7L SOHC PGM-FI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine
  • Super handling all wheel drive (SH-AWD)
  • 6-speed manual transmission -inc: sport shifter
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: electronic brake force distribution, brake assist
    • Vehicle stability assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure
    • Side-impact door beams (2011)
    • Impact absorbing front/rear crumple zones (2011)
    • Daytime running lights
    • Dual stage multiple threshold front airbags
    • Front side-impact airbags w/passenger occupant position detection system
    • Front/rear side-curtain airbags
    • 3-point seat belts
    • Front seat belt height adjusters, load limiters, pretensioners
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Tire pressure monitor w/location & pressure indicators
    • Blind spot info system
    • Hill start assist
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • 276-watt AM/FM stereo w/WMA/MP3 player & 6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: Bluetooth audio, Dolby Pro Logic II, (8) speakers w/8-inch subwoofer
    • USB audio interface w/iPod integration
    • Aux audio input
    • XM satellite radio *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*
    • Radio data system
    • Speed-sensitive volume control
    • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface
    • 440-watt AM/FM stereo w/WMA/MP3/CD/DVD-audio/DTS charger -inc: Song by Voice, hard disk drive, Bluetooth audio, Dolby Pro Logic II, (10) Acura/ELS surround sound speakers
    • XM satellite radio -inc: note function music-reminder *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*
    • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface -inc: phonebook exchange

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