A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Acura TL

The 2012 Acura TL has softened features, great fuel economy, and an overall fresh feel compared to past model years. The interior has an elegant and sporty feel to it making it comfortable to ride in. Furthermore, it costs less than its competitors such as Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW.

Key Features

The Acura TL comes with a 3.5 liter V6 engine that offers 280 hp at 6,200 rpm. The fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Heated leather seats, Bluetooth and USB, a power moonroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels also come standard on this vehicle.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, the Acura TL received a new six speed automatic transmission that offers more miles per gallon. The vehicle is available in base and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive options, but an Advance Package has been added for 2012.

What We Like

The Acura TL offers a lot of technology for a lower price than its competitors. The new six speed automatic transmission give the vehicle a spirited feel during driving. Furthermore, the new transmission has lower engine rpm which has lowered the cabin noise. The result is a fun and quiet ride in the city or on the highway. The Advance Package is optional, but it comes with blind spot information system. This is very nice while driving down the highway as you do not have to turn your head anymore.

What Concerns Us

While the Acura TL is fun to drive, it is not as engaging as the BMW 5 Series or the Infiniti M. Furthermore, the Acura TL feels like other mid-size sedans when going down the road so it doesn’t really stand out.

Available Models

The Acura TL comes in the 3.5 and 3.7 models. Each of these come with the Technology or Advance package to further optimize your vehicle. The Acura TL 3.5 has a 3.5 liter V6 and gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Acura TL 3.7 has a 3.7 liter V6 with 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the manual transmission. The automatic transmission gets this vehicle 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2012 Acura TL.

Common Issues

Common complaints include noise from suspension, vehicle stalling, vehicle jerking, and a rattling sound under the car.

Acura TL 2012 Interior


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