The Acura TL is a mid-size, 4-door sports-luxury sedan that comfortably accommodates five passengers. With dramatic styling, advanced technology and a variety of safety features, the TL offers exceptional durability, reliability and value. The TL is available in two trim levels, but options are limited since most of the luxury equipment is standard. The drivetrain for the base trim is front wheel drive, while the SH-AWD package includes all-wheel drive, an additional 25 horsepower, bolstered front seats, and a custom quad tipped exhaust system.
The 2012 Acura TL comes standard with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine in its front drive trim package. The engine produces a robust 280 horsepower and 254 lbs-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive model includes a 3.7 V-6 which ramps up the output to 305 hp. Fuel economy is slightly improved in the 2012 model with EPA estimates of 18 in the city and 26 on the highway. The TL has continually increased in size during its redevelopment and currently stands at 16.25' in length and 6.16' in width. The most recent model is a fourth generation vehicle that was introduced in 2009 and created by the Acura design team in Southern California. It is currently produced in Marysville, Ohio and offered through Acura's North American dealer base.
As a division of Honda Motors, Acura released the TL in 1995 to compete primarily with the BMW 3 series. The TL was the sporty successor to the Acura Vigor and was originally equipped with a 5-cylinder 2.5 liter engine. A 3.2 liter engine was also offered and presented as a luxury sedan alternative. In 1999, a new and larger TL model was introduced and given a more powerful V-6 engine. The car was specifically targeted toward an emerging group of younger adults that wanted a smooth ride, sporty appearance and a luxury brand name. In 2004, the TL was completely redesigned from the ground up to address requests for more power and a sleeker appearance. The third generation vehicle included a new chassis which offered drivers a better ride and a standard 3.2 liter V6 engine. The current fourth generation of the TL adds aggressive styling, a six-speed automatic transmission and advanced technology.
The 2012 Acura TL presents a modern and uniquely distinctive appearance. Performance features include HID projector front headlamps, a standard moonroof and stainless steel body accents. The comfortable interior features leather surfaced seats along with an 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support. Other standard equipment includes an 8-speaker, 275 watt audiophile quality stereo system, 6 disc CD changer, XM-Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, wireless telephone interface and an AUX jack for iPod or mp3 connection. The upgraded technology package provides an 8 VGA navigation system with voice recognition, real time traffic capabilities, upgraded audio sound and a keyless access system.
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