2012 Acura TL  -  $36,600


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $36,600
Base Invoice: $34,422
Destination Charge: $895
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Auto 2WD
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 23 | City: 20 | Hwy: 29
Body Style: 2WD and Automatic
Transmission: 6-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission
Engine: 3.5L SOHC PGM-FI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine

Pros

Distinctive styling; roomy interior; ride quality; high-tech features


Value Writeup

Thanks to its aggressive styling, the TL stands out in its class; its two separate models cater separately to comfort-oriented buyers and performance enthusiasts. Although the TL is not priced particularly low, the sum of technology features offered in the TL is better than most other mid-size luxury cars.


Model Highlights

The mid-size Acura TL returns with some notable changes for 2012, including a host of visual updates to help set it apart from the 2011 model. The car continues to feature the bold, angular yet sleek styling that Acura is now known for and a roomy interior with a host of high-tech features.

On the inside, the TL has a layout that affords both the driver and front passenger their own personal space, divided by a center console and audio controls that protrude outward. Front occupants get firm but comfortable sport seats and there's space in back for three adults across.

A 280-horsepower, 3.5L V6 powers the front-wheel-drive TL through a new-for-2012 Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive SH-AWD model upgrades to a 305-horsepower, 3.7L V6 and a throaty high-flow dual exhaust system that brings more of a sport-sedan character. Although the all-wheel-drive model does improve the TL's available traction in snow and on slippery roads, the primary focus of the SH-AWD is to improve stability in sharp corners by sending torque to the wheels that need it most. The SH-AWD offers an optional a 6-speed manual transmission.

For both models, a double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link setup assure a firm but smooth ride. The SH-AWD model is tuned for more responsive handling without giving up much in ride comfort, by incorporating a performance-tuned suspension, larger wheels and tires and a version of the electric power steering system tuned for more feel of the road. Versions equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission also receive numerous other changes to the vehicle's dynamics, including a self-adjusting clutch assembly and a specially calibrated Hill Start Assist that helps hold the vehicle on inclines of 8 degrees or more. The hood is made of aluminum for weight savings in both models.

Standard features on the TL include dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink calling interface and an 8-speaker, 276-watt sound system. XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth audio streaming are also standard.

Options are limited on the TL, the most noteworthy of them being the Technology Package. It brings premium Milano leather surfaces, plus Acura's voice-recognition navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather info, a surround-sound premium system with ten speakers, 440 watts and a 2,500-song hard-drive system and Keyless Access. An active noise cancellation system and ambient lighting system are also included. New this year is the Advance option package, which adds a blind spot warning system, larger wheels, and ventilated front seats.


Model News

The Acura TL receives several changes for 2012, including a revised grille and updated nose contours. Headlights are now darker, and new tail lamps have been fitted. Inside, the TL is now quieter thanks to increased noise isolation materials and a new navigation system has been fitted. Last year's 5-speed automatic transmission has been replaced with a 6-speed unit, which Acura says will increase fuel economy by 3 mpg. Finally, an Advance option package is now offered, including blind spot detection, upgraded wheels and ventilated seats.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1

EPA Classification
Mid-Size

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4

Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
29 MPG

Cruising Range - City
370.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
23 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
536.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.5L/212

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
98.2 ft³

Front Head Room
38.4 in

Front Leg Room
42.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.2 in

Front Hip Room
55.7 in

Second Head Room
36.7 in

Second Leg Room
36.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.2 in

Second Hip Room
54.8 in

Wheelbase
109.3 in

Length, Overall
194.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
74.0 in

Height, Overall
57.2 in

Track Width, Front
63.2 in

Track Width, Rear
63.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
6.1 in

Trunk Volume
13.1 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3726 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.18 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.75 in

Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17

Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17

Front Wheel Size
17 x 8.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 8.0 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.4 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.6 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.2 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
6

Drivetrain Miles/km
70,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
4

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
50,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V061000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 03, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
2,232,187

Summary
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in Summer 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners during March 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JY0, JY1, and JY2.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Frontal crash test results are valid for 2012 model year FWD vehicles manufactured on or after April18, 2012 (on or after VIN 19UUA8F59CA031781) and 2012 model year AWD vehicles manufactured on or after April 20, 2012 (after VIN 19UUA9F75CA010093).

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
9.3%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

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

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

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

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

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

 
BELLANOVA WHITE PEARL
$0

 
BELLANOVA WHITE PEARL
$0

 
BASQUE RED PEARL
$0

 
BASQUE RED PEARL II
$0

 
GRAPHITE LUSTER METALLIC
$0

 
GRAPHITE LUSTER METALLIC
$0

 
CRYSTAL BLACK PEARL
$0

 
CRYSTAL BLACK PEARL
$0

 
CRYSTAL BLACK PEARL
$0

 
FORGED SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
FORGED SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
MAYAN BRONZE METALLIC
$0

 
SILVER MOON
$0

 
SILVER MOON
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
EBONY, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
PARCHMENT, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
TAUPE, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0


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