2012 Acura TL Review

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2012 Acura TL
MSRP Range:
$35,705 - $45,185 | Dealer Pricing
Fuel Economy:
17 MPG city / 25 MPG highway
3.5L V6
All Wheel Drive,Front Wheel Drive


2012 brought about changes to the Acura TL. Some changes are simply cosmetic, including a better-looking grill and sleeker lines surrounding the bumpers and revised fog lamps. Others like changing the transmission from a 5-speed automatic to a standard 6-speed automatic brought about better fuel mileage. On the road, the 2012 Acura TL gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. That is a two and three mile per gallon improvement over the 2011.


The base 2012 Acura TL starts at an MSRP of $35,605 and comes equipped with a 280 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine with front-wheel drive (FWD), 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and power assisted rack and pinion steering.

The only other model is the SH and it starts at an MSRP of $39,155 and offers all-wheel drive (AWD) ability with a 3.7-liter V6 engine upgrade that pumps out 305 horsepower. The transmission and other features stay the same as the base TL.

The 2012 Acura TL SH AWD with Advance Package stickers at $45,085 and includes the 3.7-liter all-wheel drive (AWD) engine, heated sport seats with leather, a driver’s seat with 10-way electronic adjustment, surround speakers with a high-tech package, voice recognition, climate control, Bluetooth, moon roof, 19-inch alloy wheels, among many other features.


The 2012 Acura TL comes in two models, but with different variations and packages. The base TL features a keyless remote, automatic climate control, an audio system with the ability to integrate iPod technology, and a six-airbag system for safety.

The Acura TL SH provides an upgraded technology packages as well as an advanced package. The SH has an improved navigational system with more memory, better-lighted dash panel with fewer distractions, improvements in the blind spot technology, and power lumbar support for drivers. There have also been new wheel styles introduced for the 17-inch and 18-inch rims.

The main differences between the models are centered on the engine, transmission and whether or not the TL is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Both engine choices provide the TL with a smooth and quiet ride with the ability to maneuver quickly through traffic and robustly through inclement weather. The base TL has a weight of 3,800 pounds, making a powerful engine a must.

Better styling and more optimization of the gear ratios make the Acura TL a choice to consider. Acura’s technology packages centers around the cockpit and the driver’s comfort and convenience. The audio system contains an in-dash CD with HDD, MP3 technology, 10 speakers, audio surround, Song by Voice, Acura Navigation System with a rear camera, satellite communications capability, voice recognition for climate control as well as audio and navigation, push-button ignition and keyless entry, along with GPS and other voice activated command modules.

The Advance Package includes heated seats, leather, 10-way power seats, as well as the same features from the Technology Package.


When comparing mid-sized luxury sedans, the 2012 Acura TL base model is a contender for business professionals who want to make a statement for their clients. The TL is comparatively priced with the BMW 328i and the Lexus IS250 base sedan. However, it offers more horsepower and torque than the competitors do and is front-wheel drive (FWD). The TL also does double duty as a family sedan with larger passenger capacity than the competition.

The 2012 TL has been given good ratings from Motor Trend in driving dynamics, ergonomics, and performance with wind noise on the road. Motor Trend considers the TL a near luxury sedan that is built well with easy in-and-out access for driver and passengers.


Safety features on all models include a six-airbag system, traction control, an anti-lock braking system, side-curtain airbags, head restraints, 3-point seatbelts, side-impact door beams, brake distribution and assistance, and stability control.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2012 Acura TL a good rating in roof strength tests, side impact tests, frontal offset tests, and rear crash protection.

Trade-in Value