- Posted May 16, 2012 by
Acura improved everything about the new TL sedan
Acura, with its new 2012 TL sedan, kicked out all objections the brand had faced the previous years. This new TL version is improved in all its aspects including exterior styling, interior comfort, performance and fuel efficiency. Even though cargo space is limited, interior spacing of this car is well designed for improved comfort. Acura introduces the TL sedan in both front wheel and all wheel drive variants. The competing sedans of Acura TL are BMW 328, Infiniti G25x and Infiniti G37.
The exterior of 2012 Acura TL is slightly refined than its predecessors. I felt that the new Acura is much improved in its styling and viewing. Acura's silver grille for this latest TL model is slightly reduced for installing a horizontal crease near the lower front bumper. Total front fascia seems to be vastly changed due to this grille redesign and a new headlamp introduction. The taillights as well as the turn-lights are new and refined for 2012 Acura TL. Standard options include the same 17 inch alloy wheels with all season tires. The wheel is seven spoke and an optional five spoke 19 inch wheel is also available for 2012 TL.
The interior of 2012 Acura TL is upgraded with modern equipments and quality leather materials. The Acura LCD screen has been upgraded along with much more elevated comfort options and a newly added heated or cooled front seats. But I could notice that the cargo volume cannot be increased, because the rear seat is not foldable and this is a major drawback I could find after my test drive. The new navigation system and technology package are improved and more costly than that of the last year TL.
For the 2012 version, Acura implanted two different engines for the TL breed. They are a 3.7 liter and a 3.5 liter, both of which are same as the previous year TL engines. Both the engines are V arranged and six cylindered and the former delivers 305 HP and latter 280 HP. The transmission system of 2012 Acura TL has improved to a six speed system with three options including six speed automatic, six speed manual and six speed auto-manual. Both of these engines should be fueled by premium gas alone, which too may be listed under the 'like don'ts' of 2012 Acura TL.
The fuel efficiency of 2012 Acura TL is rated by standard test drives as 20 mpg in city and 29 mpg on highway. Last year, TL had a rough five speed transmission, but now it is replaced by a new refined six speed one, which will help increase its fuel efficiency. Acura TL is now an all improved breed with increased comfort, style and refined performance. Price of 2012 Acura TL varies from $35,705 for the base standard version to $39,255 for the higher end version.
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