2012 Acura TL Test Drive Acura TL Review Popular Mechanics

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Acura bobs the schnoz of the TL, it a far superior, six-speed, and improved feel. It’s a better sportier TL and the SH-AWD edition is a speedster.

On Sale Date: 18

Price: $35,605 to $45,085

Lexus ES350, Infiniti Audi A4, A6 and BMW 3 Series

Powertrains: V6: 280-hp, 254 lb-ft; 3.7-liter 305-hp, 273 lb-ft; 5-speed or manual; FWD with optional AWD

EPA Economy (city/hwy): 18 20/26 29

New: Acura is 25 years old year. In the past quarter-century had huge hits (Integra, NSX, MDX) and made a few (CL, for instance). But the recent flaw of a huge metallic on the 2009-11 TL was significant because it potentially strong sales of best-selling sedan. Owning up to the Acura softened the look of the car by lowering the hood line and the overall scale of the shield-like

The rear has also been less angular, and the overall of the car shrinks 1.5 inches. There minor cosmetic changes to the of the car as well, but beyond the re-skin, the upgrades include far more steering, thanks to a recalibrated power steering system, and an from a five-speed automatic in of a faster-shifting six-speed. And, you can still get a six-speed with a as well.

Tech Tidbit: When toned down the TL’s and smoothed the car’s derriere, found they could drag by 5.4 percent, and gain engine performance by re-routing the to ingest more air from the car and less from the engine Cooler air prevents ignition that can rob hot-weather performance. changes and a 14 percent taller drive ratio netted a 11% gain in fuel economy for the FWD and about a 5% gain in the AWD model.

Character: The best-handling version of car is the top-of-the-line $45,085 SH-AWD with new 19-inch all-season RS-A tires. Along vastly more responsive and steering, the tires allow a lot range from a car that felt inhibited. The SH-AWD, can not only split power to back and side to side but the outside rear tire to rotate the car around corners, now more athleticism from grippier sneakers.

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Even the limits of adhesion broader, so exploring the edge mere drift and breakaway is an rather than scary step we explored during on undulating, snaking sun-cooked outside Austin, Texas. It that (in all editions) the revised is both weightier and more with much better feedback and far less vague It should also be noted the new six-speed auto gearbox downshifts more quickly steering-wheel-mounted paddles), and that a new called Cornering G Shift prevents an automated upshift if detect that the car is cornering.

What’s surprising about the TL is that via such minor the car is significantly better and more though never the slightest bit

Favorite Detail: The Sequential automatic in both the FWD and AWD models a manual mode. Swing the toward the driver and the paddles at the allow full manual Now for the fun part: Double tap the left and the normally linear-only downshift will blip the throttle and over a gear and downshift sixth to fourth, fifth to and so on, provided the gear change can be without damaging the transmission.

Grievance: Acura claims most of its customers don’t summer tires, which is why developed the 19-inch Goodyear all-seasons. Unfortunately to keep down, Acura only this tire on the most model of the car, and bundles the 19s (versus stock 18-inch on the SH-AWD) along with a lot of options, such as blind-spot While the FWD model with 17s reasonably enough, as does the with 18s, Acura be shooting themselves in the foot not a wheel-plus-tire-only upgrade for customers shallower pockets.

The Bottom Line: Even the softened front end, the TL win any beauty contests. The Acura’s over cars like the G sedan and the Audi A4 has always its reliability and resale, both of remain rock-steady. So the new TL, like recent Acuras, should reliable and has grown somewhat sporty to keep up with and Audi, while not seeming so that a Lexus buyer dismiss the car.

On balance, that likely it a very sound investment.

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