Used 2012 Acura TL

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2012 Acura TL

2012 Highlights

The 2012 Acura TL gets revised front-end styling, a six-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel efficiency, an upgraded navigation system and a quieter freeway ride.


  • Abundant user-friendly high-tech features
  • spacious cabin
  • smart all-wheel-drive system
  • superb optional sound system
  • solid construction.


  • Base model's numb steering
  • subpar government crash score for some TLs.

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Used 2012 Acura TL for Sale

Acura TL 2012 SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Crystal Black Pearl Ebony premium leather109,836 miles
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Acura TL 2012 Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Basque Red Pearl II Parchment premium leather81,621 miles
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Acura TL 2012 Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Bellanova White Pearl 93,736 miles
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King Mitsubishi Buick GMC is honored to present a wonderful example of pure vehicle design... this 2012 Acura TL w/Tech Pkg only has 92,227mi on it and could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! Outstanding craftsmanship and artisanal refinements abound with this Acura TL w/Tech Pkg. You'll love the feel of AWD in this 2012 Acura TL. It provides a perfect balance of handling power and control in virtually every driving condition. The look is unmistakably Acura, the smooth contours and cutting-edge technology of this Acura TL w/Tech Pkg will definitely turn heads. Based on the superb condition of this vehicle, along with the options and color, this Acura TL w/Tech Pkg is sure to sell fast.

Silver Moon Umber Tan premium leather103,635 miles
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Crystal Black Pearl Ebony leather61,352 miles
Used 2012Acura TLBase
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Graphite Luster Metallic 82,859 miles
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Leather. 2012 Acura TL 3.5 w/Technology Package 3.5L V6 SOHC VTEC 24V 6-Speed Automatic w/Technology Package FWD Gray CARFAX One-Owner.Awards: * 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick (built after Sept. 2011)*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.Thanks for checking out Sport Honda! A family owned and operated dealership that believes in earning customers for life. For any questions please feel free to contact the Sales Manager David Kelly directly at 240.560.5363 or at We very much look forward to doing our best to earn your business. Prices do not include taxes, tags, and a $299 dealer processing fee. All cars are priced according to condition, these are pre-owned vehicles so they may have the minor scratch or blemish. All Hondas will come with two sets of keys; other brands will come with whatever we received from the customer at time of trade in so some may only have one key. We do our best to ensure that the information on the internet and on the window sticker is complete and accurate, however these things are input by a regular old human being just like you or me so there are bound to be the occasional mistakeS.

Graphite Luster Metallic 141,655 miles
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Crystal Black Pearl Ebony leather73,103 miles
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Features & Specs

Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed manual
Horsepower280 hp @ 6200 rpm280 hp @ 6200 rpm305 hp @ 6300 rpm280 hp @ 6200 rpm305 hp @ 6300 rpm305 hp @ 6300 rpm305 hp @ 6300 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

  • Side Crash Rating

  • Side Barrier Rating

  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat4/5
    Back Seat4/5
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.3%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Acura TL vs. Infiniti G37
I drove both the Acura TL and the Infiniti G37x. Infiniti: extremely fast (almost too fast) with solid handling. Interior is nice, but seemed a little on the cheap side. Leather was nice, but I heard a few squeaks during my overnight test drive. I am 6'1" and 250lbs (wide shoulders). I was somewhat comfortable in the G37 but had the driver seat all of the way back and don't know how comfortable I would be after a 2 hour drive. Backseat was tight. Acura TL: Almost as fast as the G37 but not as fast (still PLENTY of power!) Interior was much more comfortable. Handling was just as solid as G37. Interior quality is nicer then Infiniti. Pricing = same exact monthly payment
Clunking noise from Rear Suspension
Loud "CLUNKING NOISE" came from passenger side rear suspension. It got louder as the car getting more miles on it. Took it in four times at the local dealer: 1st Attempt: Local dealer changed the strut but noise still there, 2nd Attempt: acura agent came in to verify the problem and took the entire assembly rear suspension apart and found nothing wrong with it but the noise still present so they concluded that it is a normal noise on the TL (Which I don't agree because only one corner of the car is making the noise, left rear suspension is nice and quiet when ride over bump) 3rd attempt: Service manager refused service because he told me that Acura is will not fix the "clunking noise" because they think it is a normal sound. 4th attempt: I took the car to a small local shop which is not Acura and some mechanic friends to check out the noises that I am hear from the one corner of the car (passenger rear suspension). They all confirmed the noise is an irregularity of a suspension and suspected something is wrong with the strut and it assembly/bushing but inconclusive with the problem because it could be many things that can go wrong with it and recommended me to bring it back to Acura. Acura refused service again and said the same thing like the 3rd attempt. File a claim with BBB and the same Acura Claim representative that I dealt with earlier said the same thing again, that they will not fix anything regarding the clunking noise I hear because they think it is normal. My opinion: This is an Acura and it is over $40,000 dollars car so I expected a nice quiet and comfortable car but the "Clunking noise" really killed my excitement about owning this car. Just a headeache everytime I look or drive it. I am definately upset with Acura about how they handle this situation because they did not offer me any solution but they basically tell me live with the "clunking noise" from that one corner of the car. and if the noise was normal, Acura mechanic wouldn't have change the strut the 1st time I brought it in...Why is Acura doing this?? and How can I get them to fix the problem I am having now, can anyone help? my frustration with Acura is to the roof now and hope to get this handle the sooner the better.
Sports car for the family man/woman
Owned the car for a few months, so it's hard to rate the reliability. It's made by Honda, so it should be reliable. Once you drive the AWD version, you would have to be crazy to buy the front wheel drive version. I didn't get the tech version because I didn't want the navigation system. Built in ipod connection and usb port is nice. This car handles like it's on rails. I no longer have to worry about pulling out onto a busy road when the roads are wet, this car flies. I get 26mpg if I drive freeway only at 75mph. I drive 70% city and 30% highways and average around 21mpg. Test drove the infiniti g37x, which was nice, but much smaller interior.
More About This Model

There was only one problem with the 2009-'11 Acura TL. Its designers unknowingly beat it with an ugly stick on their way to giving the sedan "progressive" styling.

The result was a car praised for its class-topping dynamic abilities but panned for its weird lines, most notably that in-your-face grille. Lackluster sales followed (for the TL, that meant 34,000 cars in 2010), and dealers complained.

Acura blames the car's lackluster reception less on a flawed design and more on the fact that the fourth-gen TL was simply "too bold for the new, more conservative market" brought on by the weak economy. Regardless, the design team was sent back to their CAD screens and charged with coming up with a midcycle refresh for the 2012 Acura TL a good nine months sooner than originally planned.

Less Plenum = More Sophistication
When launching the 2009 TL, Acura used the term "linear fluidity" to describe its styling. This time around, the tagline for the 2012 Acura TL is "sophisticated emotion." In English, that means Acura reworked the car's more awkward lines. The grille is noticeably smaller, while the chrome strip just above the grille is now body color, having the effect of making the hood look longer even though it's completely unchanged.

Other updates include a smaller front bumper, darker-tint headlights and redesigned foglights and turn signals. Together, their main objective is to make the TL appear wider.

The rear got a makeover as well. Again, the goal was to break up the previous car's massive amounts of flat surfacing and shrink its tail end. Acura accomplished this via a smaller rear bumper with a horizontal cutline, a higher license plate mount, smaller rear reflectors, a 6-inch-higher rear diffuser and a thinner bright strip at the base of the trunk lid. All the new styling changes resulted in an inch less overhang up front and a half inch less at the rear for a new overall length of 194 inches.

Gears Are Good
Although the most grandiose updates to the 2012 Acura TL occur at its bow and stern, there is one bit of mechanical news to be had: a new six-speed automatic transmission from the 2011 RL sedan, replacing the previous five-speed in both the front-wheel-drive TL and the SH-AWD (super-handling all-wheel-drive) model.

With lower gear ratios for 1st through 5th versus the five-speed, Acura estimates the TL SH-AWD will accelerate about 0.4 second quicker to 60 mph (figure 6.3 seconds) versus the outgoing version.

A taller 6th gear (versus the five-speed) aids fuel economy, as does the new torque converter's multiple lock-up discs, which offer better lubrication and improved cooling. These changes, along with reduced piston friction and a new cold-air intake in the 3.5-liter V6-equipped front-drive TL help fuel economy jump from 18 city/26 highway mpg for the 2011 model to 20/29 for the 2012 edition. The 3.7-liter V6 SH-AWD's mpg is less noteworthy, rising only 1 mpg across the board to 18/26, while the SH-AWD six-speed manual (which has just a 3 percent take rate) remains at 17/25.

Above and beyond the notable mpg increases and slightly quicker acceleration, you probably won't notice anything too dramatic in your daily driving with the six-speed versus the old five-speed. As with the five-speed, the new transmission shifts smoothly at all times in Automatic mode, but can also be shifted manually via standard-issue steering-wheel paddles. The software blips the throttle to smooth downshifts, making aggressive driving easier and more fun. It holds gears at redline unless you're in 1st.

About the only downside is the six-speed's desire to get to high gear as quickly as possible, even if it means lugging the engine a bit. It's all for the sake of the improved fuel economy, of course. Running it in Manual mode gets rid of that problem, so it's an easy fix if you're so inclined.

Oh, Those Engines
Part of the reason the new automatic doesn't massively improve the 2012 Acura TL driving experience is that it was already a damn good driving machine. Credit goes to the TL's powerful, high-revving V6s, the outputs of which remain unchanged for 2012.

The TL front-driver continues with 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 254 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm, while the SH-AWD continues to hold its claim as the most powerful Acura ever, rated at 305 hp at 6,300 and 273 lb-ft at 5,000.

The V6s in both the TL and SH-AWD are quiet and buttery-smooth at low engine speeds. They're equally impressive when you wind them out, too. Both engines seem to thrive on being pushed to the redline, an easy thing to do when using the manual shift paddles.

Crazy for Curves
Another area Acura chose to leave untouched was the TL's double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension — damping, spring rates and antiroll bars remain identical to the specs of the 2011 model. Acura also ditched the summer tire option for the SH-AWD model due to the fact that almost no one (1 percent, we're told) opted for the grippier rubber.

Without the summer tires, the TL SH-AWD has lost some of its phenomenal, almost unfair handling abilities. But the TL in general (especially the SH-AWD, with its stiffer setup) still has the same spot-on suspension tuning. TLs with all-wheel drive put the power down with the utmost precision thanks to a torque-vectoring rear differential. The lighter front-drive model (3,726 pounds vs. 3,968), on the other hand, has a penchant for spinning its front tires when you exit tight turns with the throttle to the floor.

Although the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD runs out of grip sooner without its stickier summer tires, it still has the same wonderfully competent and stable chassis that makes it a sport-sedan stalwart. Yes, the ride of the non-adjustable suspension is firm and can be jiggly on bumpy back roads, but the car's precision makes it worth any minor amount of harshness.

About the only gripe is the TL's electric power steering. It delivers more assist than we would like, but some of that can be forgiven since it's transmitted through a thick-rimmed, leather-wrapped steering wheel that feels great in your hands.

Only Fix What's Broken
Since the main focus of the 2012 Acura TL's redesign was the car's exterior, Acura pretty much left the already excellent interior intact. The minor updates include new platinum plating on the center stack and inner door handles, along with optional ventilation for the TL's wide, yet laterally supportive front seats. Other changes include a dedicated phone button on the center stack and active phone pairing to automatically locate Bluetooth devices.

The 2012 Acura TL, which was designed at the company's California studio and is built in Marysville, Ohio, goes on sale March 18. The TL front-driver starts at $36,465, with the SH-AWD beginning at $40,015 (prices include $860 destination), $300 increases for both models. The SH-AWD with a six-speed manual costs $43,745, the higher sticker due to the fact that it's offered only with the Technology package.

Even with the price increases, the TL is still quite a value compared to most German sport sedans. Dynamically, the 2012 Acura TL is the same stirring-to-drive performance sedan as before, only now with an extra gear and improved fuel economy. Not bad for a car with so much horsepower and a sizable interior.

And although Acura won't come right out and say it screwed up the styling the first time around, the significant exterior reworking of this version is about as much of an admission of guilt as you're ever going to get.

It was a smart move. The TL is too good of a sedan to get overlooked because of some overzealous styling. The changes effectively addressed the issue, so now Acura no longer has any excuses. We doubt it will need any.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored press event to facilitate this report.

Used 2012 Acura TL Overview

The Used 2012 Acura TL is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A), Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A), SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A), and SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2012 Acura TL trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Acura TL Base is priced between $9,981 and $16,987 with odometer readings between 46853 and 141186 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Acura TL Technology Package is priced between $9,970 and $18,990 with odometer readings between 66204 and 141655 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD w/Technology Package is priced between $12,452 and $22,998 with odometer readings between 15372 and 108806 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Acura TL Advance Package is priced between $10,990 and $14,000 with odometer readings between 81621 and 124631 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD w/Advance Package is priced between $15,998 and $17,000 with odometer readings between 81831 and 109836 miles.

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