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 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.

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Exterior and Interior

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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

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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.


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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.


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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.

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  (473) posted on 02.29.2012

Fresher exterior is provided with this Superb mid-sized luxury. The new transmission is now on a seven-speed automatic transmission. This model looks the same with the Lexus for its outer color.

  (677) posted on 01.31.2012

This Acura has a great exterior but less than the concept of NSX. The engine is powerful at 305hp. It’s good that it has started on a price of $35,600.

  (762) posted on 01.4.2012

I love the fresh look of this Acura TL; it looks better than the previous one, and the revised interior is really impressive even with the new transmission sounds really good. Still, the looks are not as impressive as its competitor.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

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

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

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.

  (728) posted on 12.27.2011

Sophisticated new look, but still it’s not as impressive as its competitors. I find its platform simple but yes its body paint looks refreshing. I’ll give credit to their effort in revising the interior, its good. smiley

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

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

  (594) posted on 12.12.2011

If I’m going to compare this to its rival, I must say that I would still prefer the appearance of this Acura TL than them. I love refreshing looks of it, and the revision that they made on its interior.

  (383) posted on 12.7.2011

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.

  (399) posted on 12.4.2011

The look of this Acura TL is still not so impressive just like its rival and there are more powerful vehicles out there. However, I as yet appreciate the practicality of this vehicle.

  (434) posted on 11.17.2011

It truly looks so classy on its exterior body paint in spite of having only a simple detailing. Well, I hope either that it also had an impressive and comfortable interior feature.

  (197) posted on 11.17.2011

I still love the exclusivity and practicality of this Acura TL, and it doesn’t really matter if it only looks so simple and ordinary on its platform. Anyway, the engine of it is quite impressive on it.

  (474) posted on 11.14.2011

I can’t see anything wrong on this Acura TL. Well, guys it is maybe on its simple and very common detailing and styling, but it is still so practical to use in everyday transportation.

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

Well, if I’m going to compare it to its competitor, I must say that it wouldn’t be stood out, because aside from the fact that it is only had a simple detailing, it only had also a less engine output.

  (526) posted on 11.11.2011

In spite of having only a simple styling and even detailing, I’m still impressed with this one, for the fact that it is so practical to use on everyday transportation. Furthermore, I love the revision of its interior.

  (429) posted on 10.21.2011

It looked very similar to the Acura TSX though they differ in some features, but this black version appeared more aggressive than to what I expect. Well, this fourth generation exactly the car that truly refined and seems a luxury.

  (474) posted on 10.18.2011

Acura TL was still very impressive despite of having a simple platform and ordinary detailing, and I have to agree with them that if only they include some interior pictures of it, so that we can comment on it either.

  (372) posted on 10.13.2011

V6 engine that can only deliver 305 horsepower is quite a disappointing but I think its just suited on this sedan car. Furthermore, as for the exterior appearance of this one, I must say that its quite impressive and looking great on its boyish body paint.

  (119) posted on 10.8.2011

This car is very good looking to me. But i think it could’ve use some more horsepower for the awd version.

  (600) posted on 10.5.2011

Case to case basis, there are some cars which is build in a more powerful and customized technology such this Acura TL, highly made and exactly have the smartest thing on it. For me it has the advantage unto its competitors.

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