2012 Acura TL Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Forged Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,078 - $14,445
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
18 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
280-305
Seats
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How 2012 Acura TL Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.8Interior 4.0Comfort 3.5Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

Though aspects of its exterior styling remain polarizing, what's hard to argue with about the Acura TL is its value proposition among midsize luxury sedans. Of particular note are tech options like a GPS-enhanced climate system that monitors the sun and the availability of Acura's superb all-wheel-drive system.

Acura TL Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Auto $11,078 - $13,593
Horsepower: 280 hp - 305 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 280 hp - 305 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 280 hp - 305 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 305 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.54
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Great vehicle with only two exception.

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Really enjoy driving this car. It has instant get up and go, which can be extremely necessary sometime with interstate traffic. I only wish the upholstery had held up better, but still really like the car! Even though the car is 6 years old it still has a great, classy look about it. We are not lucky enough to have a dealership locally. The closest dealership is a little over an hour away, which is not that bad, but that is why we will not buy another.

Betty E
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The space is the best feature

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My car has a spacious back seat and able to fit 3 car seats back there. The trunk is also spacious and able to fit a single and a double stroller in it. However I am not able to fold either back seat down to elongate my trunk space. I enjoy my navigation system and Sirius. I have the car six years and had to replace the alternator but other than that routine mileage maintenance has kept the car running well, very pleased with Acura

Kelly S
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Very safe, great handling, excellent ride, and reasonable fuel economy given the size and power of the vehicle.

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The car rides and handles beautifully. The SH-AWD provides incredible grip and handling. The ride is compliant and sporty. And with all of the features and more than 30 HP, I still get 27 or 28 miles to the gallon on the highway. Lastly, I have not had to make even a single repair to this car. The reliability is bulletproof.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$11,078 - $13,593
$11,078 - $13,593

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 - 305 (hp)
280 - 305 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Not Available
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.7L SOHC PGM
3.7L SOHC PGM
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Not Available
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.5 (in.)
42.5 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.4 (in.)
38.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.2 (in.)
36.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.7 (in.)
36.7 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.5 - 13.1 (cu. ft.)
12.5 - 13.1 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/50VR17
P245/50VR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.3 (in.)
109.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.4 (ft.)
38.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
194 (in.)
194 (in.)

Width

Width
74 (in.)
74 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3726 - 3968 (.lbs)
3741 - 3982 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 (hp)
280 (hp)

Torque

Torque
254 (ft. lbs.)
254 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
26 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: electronic brake force distribution, brake assist
  • Vehicle stability assist (VSA) w/traction control
  • Hill start assist *
  • 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
  • Blind spot info system

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Air Bags Mar 6, 2019
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 6, 2019
NHTSA Campaign:
19V182000
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles received a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of a previous Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement driver air bag module containing the same inflator type as a service part. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, these inflators may explode.
Consequence:
An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning on April 17, 2019, however, dealers are ready to begin repairs immediately. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is U40.
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Air Bags Feb 3, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 3, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V061000
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.
Remedy:
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.

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