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2012 Acura TL

Acura’s mid-size luxury sports car has taken to the 2011 Chicago Auto Show stage with some styling, performance, and technological changes for the 2012MY.

Currently in its fourth generation, the Acura TL hasn’t changed its appearance too much over the years, but as one of Acura’s best selling models, making unnecessary changes wouldn’t exactly be the smartest thing. The 2012 Acura TL Acura TL does face a few changes to its look, but nothing that would make buyers shy away from their beloved sedan. For the 2012MY, the Acura TL will get new front and rear styling, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance and fuel economy, a revised interior, and a host of technology upgrades. Two different version will be up for grabs; the standard model is powered by a 280 HP and the SH-AWD version will get a more powerful 305 HP engine. Both engines can be coupled with a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission that helps improve fuel economy by 3 mpg compared with the 2011 model.

"The 2012 Acura TL is refined, yet aggressive," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "Already known for its great performance, the enhanced TL has a sophisticated new look and an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission that will take performance to the next level."

UPDATE 03/09/2011: Acura has announced today that the 2012 TL will go on sale on March 18, 2011 at a starting price of $35,605. Full pricing list after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Acura TL.

Exterior and Interior

Acura TL

The 2012 Acura TL will be distinguished by a redesigned front bumper with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design, and a shorter front overhang. At the rear, the TL will get a new bumper that incorporates a significantly repositioned license plate opening, smaller rear reflectors, updated taillights, and a thinner rear trunk edge trim.

Both versions will be offered with an optional Technology Package which includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather, and an Acura/ELS Surround 410-watt Premium Audio System.

The standard TL version comes with 17x8-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels, while the TL SH-AWD comes with new 18x8-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels as standard.

Engine Lineup

Acura TL

The standard Acura TL is powered by a 3.5 liter engine that has received a host of friction-reduction technologies and a revised air inlet system. The total output in this engine is 280 HP. The TL SH-AWD is powered by a 3.7 liter V8 engine that has also received a revised air inlet system and delivers a total of 305 HP.

The two engines can be mated to a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission that incorporates engineering enhancements aimed at improving efficiency, a sport-minded double-kick-down feature, and a Drive-by-Wire throttle system.

Prices

Acura TL

The 2012 Acura TL will go on sale on March 18, 2011 at a starting price of $35,605. Equipped with the available Technology Package, the MSRP is $39,335, or $41,535 when equipped with the available Advance Package.

The TL SH-AWD will have an MSRP of $39,155. Equipped with the available Technology Package, the TL SH-AWD will have an MSRP of $42,885, or $45,085 when equipped with the available Advance Package. The TL SH-AWD 6MT with Technology Package will have an MSRP of $42,885.

Competition

Acura TL

The Acura TL takes on models like the Lexus ES 350 and the Infiniti G37 sedan .

The Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). This engine setup produces 268 HP at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm, which is nipping right at the heels of the Acura.

The Infiniti G37 is powered by a 3.7 Liter VVEL V6 engine that delivers 328 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque and is mated to either a seven speed automatic transmission or a six speed manual. This model blows right by the Acura and the Lexus in terms of speed and even has more of a sporty look to boot.

Unless Acura decides to shoot up the price of the TL (the 2011 model starts at about $35K), pricing for the three models is strikingly similar, so the decision between these three models is left to personal preference. If speed is the only name of your game, then the Infiniti speaks your kind of language.

Acura TL
LOVE IT
  • Fresh look
  • New Transmission
  • Revised interior
LEAVE IT
  • Looks aren’t as impressive as its competitors
  • There are much more powerful models out there


49 comments:

The revision of the interior really sounds great even the new transmission of this Acura TL. Well, of all cars in Acura this one is my favorite.

The looks of Acura TL is really not so impressive just like its competitor but the revision of the interior of it is quite good and nice. As for the engine, I think it is not so powerful.

Acura TL has really the striking look of an awesome and aggressive sports car. I just only hope with what the article said about this is true.

The revision of interior really sounds great even the new transmission of this Acura TL. Well of all cars in Acura this one is my favorite.

Acura TL is really an impressive and cool car but I think it is not really an aggressive one but the look is already the best for me.

Talking about the looks of the car, I think I’d rather choose its competitors that has a cooler design. I do like the new transmission of the car , but the performance is not. They still have less than a year for better improvement.

Well I must say that the appearance before Acura TL is really stunning and now when they add some changes in the front of Acura TL I can say that it is more stunning than before. It is a great move Acura. Keep it up! 

It is really a fresh look for Acura, the revising of the interior is even great and much more impressive plus the new transmission of this Acura TL is really great at all for a mini sports car. Nice car.

Compare to other luxury cars over there I think this one has nothing to say. The competition for luxury cars is very tight. Don’t they notice the model of Roll Royce, which is made of gold?

I love the sophisticated look of Acura TL and the revision of the interior design gives more factor to make TL more stand out than the other. I simply love the over - all look of TL. It is already perfect.

This Acura TL has the looks. It is aggressive yet cool. The price is also impressive. People will envy you with this kind of car. I will give two thumbs up for this one.

The sophisticated look of this car is so impressive. It’s a nice decision to give a fresh look. All car lovers would surely want to have a baby like this one. 

It’s quite amazing Acura TL will go on sale starting price of $35,605 . I cannot wait to get one for me. BTW, I was impressed with the aesthetics of this car!

The Acura midsize-luxury seems to be a decent appealing looks,Yet very aggressive one. A revised interior, and a host of technology upgrades, this new innovative brings your head rise up with its higher standard quality performances.

Well, Acura TL is totally impressive, Based on its sophisticated fresh looks with a new transmission design on it and revised interior. So this models brings a lot of improvement that also produce a high engine density.

Indeed this looks like a Accord, the main difference is that the accord is wider and much-much cooler. This Acura looks like a poor chinese replica.

I’m guessing the designers are out of imagination since this one looks terribly similar to the Honda Accord!

I’m noticing that Acura did not change the rims on the SH-AWD model and also changed the quad outlet exhaust to a dual outlet. Although the rims still look good it would have been nice to update them with the styling and the quad outlets were more befitting of the higher performance AWD model.

Trunk looks the same and the grille is both bland and ugly at the same time, removing some of the angularity and the into-the-hood trim and increases, but still leaving 90% of what .

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