(2012)-Acura TL reviews

With a sporty style and emotional performance of the powerful engine and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ™ (SH-AWD ®) model, the fourth-generation Acura TL is nothing less than the history of the most exciting performance luxury sedan Acura . When a complete from-the-wheels-up redesign for 2009, Acura to improve every aspect of the original model. It features a rigid frame construction device and the extensive use of high strength steel (as well as key aluminum components), unique and dramatic exterior styling, a choice of two VTEC ® V-6 engines efficiently (280 CV 3.5 the 305 - HP 3.7L), electric power steering (EPS) and the sleek design and advanced technology, the Acura TL increases the future direction of the Acura division.

For 2011, the Acura TL received the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG ®) for the best residual value of the vehicle is near the luxury Acura brand took second place overall for the residual value for all the best luxury brands . Such independent recognition demonstrates the high value and quality that offers the Acura brand.

But in 2012 the engineers returned to work to refine the Acura TL, with even better properties. The most visible are the visual changes that include New front and rear, but there is also a new Sequential Shift 6-speed Sport Automatic for improved performance and fuel economy, a revised interior and a host of technological improvements.

The 2012 TL has been refined look of the new front bumper has a new design with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, headlights and turn signals so far, a light mist of new design and a short front overhang. Changes in the style of the TL more closely align the direction of the overall design of Acura, for example, the new TL lower front fascia openings are similar in design as those seen in the popular SUV Acura (ZDX, MDX and RDX). "With the 2009 TL, the exterior design has been much talk of passion," Damon said Schell, Acura Designer, project manager. "With the TL 2012, which promoted a higher level of sophistication."

Behind the new rear bumper contains a considerable number plate repositioned to open and much smaller than the rear reflectors, while the headlights updated and thinner than the rear edge of the trunk of a new more sophisticated look. The addition of visual displays are the new 17 - and 18-inch aluminum center cap with chrome-style review raised Acura "" sign.

To improve the performance of the new 6-speed sequential automatic Sportshift is used for all TL models. In addition to incorporating design enhancements aimed at improving the effectiveness of sports fans with double kick-down function allows you to control the driver downshift twice - as the fifth third gear. Drive-by-Wire ™ throttle system also creates a "blip" the throttle to help respond to the changed speed during the climb.

Furthermore, the transmission equipment with torque converter clutch multi-nine, which not only reduces heat buildup during operation, but also activation of lock-up for a much wider range of driving conditions - may generate greater fuel economy. As a result, fuel economy city / highway mpg is 20/29 now - an increase of 3 mpg on the highway for the TL 2011. To further improve operational efficiency, the TL 3.5L V-6 engine gets a number of technologies to reduce friction, while a revised air intake provides fresh air for the two engines of 3.5 liters and 3.7 L .

Previously, only Acura TL SH-AWD using an external transmission cooler (for driving in hot weather), but for 2012, all models of the TL is now equipped with an external transmission cooler.

TL 2012 is available in several configurations, such as choosing the front-wheel drive and all wheel drive. Performance 6MT model of mentality will continue to be available in the TL line-up in 2012, will help to broaden the appeal among buyers of luxury performance sedan TL. However, the 6MT TL goes much further with the addition of a single transmission. Acura engineers have developed a comprehensive package of performance 6-speed model, which includes many improvements to the control processing, and reliability. Not only is the manual transmission model the best performing Acura TL ever, but it is the top performer in the treatment of all vehicles in its class.

2012 Acura TL is a powerful and precise performance luxury sedan, which is so confident and composed the mountain road, because it is in the center of the city. Replaces the previous generation Type-S is the TL Acura TL SH-AWD ® model, built in the passionate driver. It comes with the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ™, suspended, and control development, the most powerful Acura engine ever, and the optional performance-minded close-ratio 6-speed manual, 2012 TL offers a lot of appeal and fans work and benefits. Unlike some competing sedan, which will increase the all-wheel-drive their vehicles primarily to help in winter conditions, the TL SH-AWD ® is available is specifically designed to dramatically improve the sports management, as well as a vehicle to promote the winter-driving skills. This means that the Acura TL SH-AWD ® is inspiring to drive year-round.

For 2012, Acura TL a new look to support its conclusions, including a new front bumper where teams with a finer grid. In addition,. Benefits before the end of style headlights and turn signals to date and a design of new light mist In addition to providing better aerodynamics, the front of the Acura TL sophisticated a short front overhang. As with the TL 2011, TL 2012 makes the luxury trappings as real stainless steel trim, LED taillights and dynamic surface lines immediately capturing the viewer's attention.

Underhood, 2012 Acura TL is a new Battery Management System (BMS), which was designed to increase the lifetime of the battery, reducing the possibilities of low power, and will help to achieve better fuel economy. 3.5le 3.7L engines use a modified version of the cold air intake system and a fine all-new dual-electrode spark plugs that improve combustion efficiency and expand the EGR system.

Inside, the benefits of a 2012 TL interior which includes the finest upgrades available ventilated front seats, changing instrument cluster and new surface treatments for many appointments of the Interior. The further development of intuitive technologies and adapted for the 2012 Acura TL owners to better stay connected with the world around them and use their time more effectively. For 2012, operating a system of larger hard drive (now 60GB) with a display brighter and more colorful, there is an increase of 15 GB of dedicated storage space for up to 3,500 songs, and Now there are even faster connection to the USB port. Technological improvements abound 2012-TL in terms of availability of the song Voice ™, the refinement of Bluetooth ® Audio (now with artists, song title, etc.

), A new "active couple" functionality of a Bluetooth ® mobile phone, selection number, and dial-by-voice tags, and further expanded the data of the navigation system map.

In the TL, residents are treated in an engaging interior which includes advanced LED lighting in the cabin, leather seats and thick reinforced liquid metal or wood patterned accents.

As provided in the Acura, the TL range of standard safety features is exemplary and six airbags, active head restraints for front seats, and the Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™ benefits (ACE ™) body.

In addition, a set of technologies available on both models. With elements such as the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition ™, AcuraLink real-time traffic with Traffic re ™, AcuraLink ™ with real-time weather radar mapping, Acura / ELS Surround ® premium audio system, Bluetooth ® System access audio and keyless (with Smart Entry and push-button ignition), Technology Package offers a complete range of electronic functions. New for 2012 TL is the song Voice ™ (SBV), which allows the driver to select audio options via voice activation, rather than having to remove a hand from the steering wheel.

When fitted with Advance Package, a new blind spot information (BSI) system can detect other vehicles when they are in the blind spot in the driver Acura TL. Also part of the package is Advance ventilated front seats and larger wheels / tires.

ENGINE & Powertrain

A quintessential component of the mission as an Acura TL performance luxury sedan is to provide maximum driving pleasure for drivers enthusiasts. Thus, the TL offers a choice of two all-aluminum engines. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 develops 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque and drives the front wheels through a sophisticated sports sequential shift 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters and grade logic control system . 3.5L technology features like a drive-by-Wire ™ gas system computer controlled programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI), Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC ®) for intake valves and a sport-tuned exhaust with dual tips. The 3.5L V-6 provides strong power and 20/29/23 mpg (city / hwy / combined) energy efficiency while meeting strict CARB California LEV II ULEV emissions certification.

Acura TL takes the driving experience to the next level with the availability of Super Handling All Wheel Drive ™ (SH-AWD ®) model, equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine develops 305 horsepower and 273 lb- ft of torque - making it the most powerful Acura sedan ever. With additional features including a system of cold air intake, variable valve timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC ®) on both intake and exhaust, and a high flow sport-tuned system dual exhaust with four tailpipes, the SH-AWD ® powertrain truly delivers racetrack-quality.

In addition, the 3.7L V-6 CARB LEV II meets ULEV emissions certification and delivery in city / highway / combined fuel economy of 18/26/21 miles per gallon (6AT model). The innovative SH-AWD ® system is unique to Acura and through the use of vectors torque curves on hard acceleration it can send more torque as well as overdrive the outside rear wheel, creating a moment " loop "that enhances vehicle dynamics by generating a turn in place.

Acura's commitment to sophistication and refinement are equally important, and to this end both engines shine with V-6 features like maintenance-free serpentine accessory belt, low noise and low-drag electric power steering (EPS) and electronically controlled hydraulic engine mounts to reduce vibration. In addition, both engines are equipped with a memory maintenance ™ and 100.000 km tune-up interval. The validation tests conducted in environments ranging from Alaska to Death Valley, in the public streets of the famous Nurburgring in Germany, and Japan to New Zealand, the TL has been proven in a range of extremely demanding environments conduct.


TL's driver-focused objective is strongly presented throughout the interior, where a "dual personal" layout provides a feeling of separate personal space for driver and front passenger. Forms of scanning and materials quality provide a sense of intelligent luxury, while a formidable array of standard and available electronics reward TL occupants with top-flight audio, navigation and communication experiences. On the driver's side, all controls and instruments intuitively placed, allowing the driver to concentrate on the driving experience while enjoying the range of electronic aids Acura substantial and amenities.

Luxury and technology are evident from the moment the doors opened TL, and detail after detail points to win the Acura luxury clientele. The shape and feel of the door handles and the precision of the plate holder threshold, the richly decorated leather upholstery and ergonomic positioning of forces seat, armrests and controls, immediately connects with the Acura TL luxury customer. But it is remarkable array of standard features that make it convincing - features like 10 driver's seat power adjustable (8-way power seat with 2-way lumbar support) and 8-passenger seat electrically adjustable, shifters mounted behind the wheel steering for Sequential Shift 6-speed Sport automatic transmission and a 8-speaker, 276 watt audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM / FM radio with XM ® Note feature, Bluetooth ® Audio, a USB port and AUX jack connectivity and hands-free Link ® wireless telephone interface.

A Technology Package adds a desirable range of electronic upgrades to the long list of standard luxury features, beginning with the Keyless Access System (with smart entry and push button ignition) and luxurious full-grain perforated premium leather seating surfaces Milano . Designed to integrate seamlessly with the TL driving experience, the electronic features continue with an Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition ™, rearview camera and a complete upgrade of 8-inch VGA high resolution color and available time traffic AcuraLink real traffic redirection AcuraLink ™ ™ maps and real-time weather radar. In addition, a AcuraLink ® satellite communication system provides a permanent interface between the TL and Acura. An interface dial complements the powerful voice-recognition capabilities that allows intuitive access to navigation, audio, air conditioning and other features.

In the final audio experience, the technology group includes an Acura / ELS Surround ® 10-speaker system, 440-watt premium audio with DVD-Audio, DTS ™, CD, AM / FM, XM ® Radio, Bluetooth ® Audio and a 3,500-song hard drive (HDD) media storage system.

With the Advance Package available, added to the Acura TL is ventilated front seats and a blind spot information (BSI) system to warn drivers of vehicles found next to the TL.


Interest in the Acura Division and interest in safety engineering is well known. This concern for safety extends to the driver and passengers of the TL, the safety of the occupants of other vehicles, and even injury mitigation to pedestrians. The TL 2012 offers security as a complement to the engineering of the latest security and functionality.

The story begins with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering, the TL ™ (ACE ™) body structure. The use of the Acura Division in 2005, the RL (and now integrated into a model Acura), the ACE ™ is a framework that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. ACE ™ edge design of network components connected to the impact force more evenly distributed along the whole front of the TL. This increased force of frontal impact management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the cabin and can help to more evenly disperse the forces to be transferred to other vehicles crash.

While ACE ™ is a basic structural safety performance TL, its range of industry-leading passive safety technologies is equally important. The list begins with six airbags, including two-stage front airbags multiple threshold, dual-chamber airbags front seat side and curtain airbags front and rear outboard seating positions. Features continue with 3 points for every seat, while the driver and passenger were also front seat belts with automatic tensioning system with load limiters. Acura TL Head restraints for all seats offer with active head restraints for front seats. The rear seat has lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH), which allows for easy mounting of up to two child seats.

TL reading performance that can help drivers to provide excellent crash-avoidance features that complement the features, such as 4 wheel disc brakes, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist. Additional safety features include daytime running lights outside (DRL) and the deformable hood panel, hood hinges and windshield-wiper is intended to help mitigate pedestrian injuries.

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