Tuesday, June 28, 2011

2012 Acura TL Review

With athletic style and performance emotional, powerful engine and Super Handling All-Wheel ™ (SH-AWD ®) model, the fourth-generation Acura TL is nothing less than the luxury sedan and high performance in the most exciting story Acura. After a complete de-la-wheels-up redesign in 2009, Acura to improve all aspects of the original model. With a rigid unibody construction with extensive use of high strength steel (as well as key aluminum components), a unique and spectacular exterior design, a choice of two powerful VTEC ® V-6 engine (280 hp and 305 3.5L - 3.7-HP), electric power steering (EPS), and a luxurious and technologically advanced, the Acura TL is the reference for the future direction of the Acura division.

For 2011, the Acura TL received the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG ®) for the best residual value of a luxury vehicle closely, the Acura brand in general is second for the residual value of all the best luxury brands. Independent recognition as indicated by the high value and quality offered by the Acura brand.

However, in 2012, engineers have been reworked to improve the Acura TL, with better attributes. Most evident are the vision changes that include front and rear, but also present a new SportShift sequential 6-speed automatic for performance and fuel economy, a revised interior and a series of technological improvements.

2012-TL is a refined new front bumper features a redesigned with improved aerodynamics, a modified grille, headlights and turn signals to date, a newly designed light mist and a short front overhang. Style changes the TL is closer to the overall design direction of Acura, for example, new lower front fascia openings TL are similar in the sense of design as those seen on the popular Acura SUV (ZDX, MDX and RDX). "With the 2009-TL has been the exterior design as much passion," says Damon Schell, Acura Designer project manager. "With the 2012-TL, led us to a higher level of sophistication."

The rear features a new rear bumper, significantly repositioned at the opening of plate and very small rear reflectors and taillights and updated from one side to the back of thin trunk trim add a new refined look. Also adding to the exterior looks, new 17 - and 18-inch alloy wheels with a revised alloy with a chrome style raised Acura "A" brand.

To increase performance, a new 6-speed sequential automatic SportShift used with all LT models. In addition to engineering improvements to improve efficiency, according to sports-minded double-kick-down allows the driver to downshift for a double - the fifth to third gear. System Drive-by-Wire ™ throttle also creates a "blip" the throttle to help match gear speeds, while downshifting.

Furthermore, the transmission team with torque converter clutch multi-nine that not only reduces the accumulation of heat during operation, but also to lock-up activation of a much wider range of driving conditions - which help create a better fuel economy. As a result, fuel economy city / highway mpg is now 20/29 - an increase of 3 mpg on the highway running on the 2011 TL. To further improve operational efficiency, the TL 3.5L V-6 engine gets a ton of technology to reduce friction, while a system of air intake provides air cooler revised both 3.5L engines and 3.7L.

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.

The 2012 TL is available in several configurations, including a choice of front-wheel and four-wheel drive. The model of mental functioning will continue to offer 6MT TL in the range 2012, helping to broaden the appeal of buyers TL luxury sedan in the yield. However, the TL 6MT goes beyond the addition of a single transmission. Acura engineers developed a performance kit for the total 6-speed model that includes many improvements in the management, control and reliability. Not only the manual transmission model the best performing Acura TL ever, but is most effective in the treatment of all vehicles in its class.

The 2012 Acura TL performance sedan is a luxury, powerful and precise it is as safe and integrated into a mountain road that is in the center of the city. Replacing the previous generation TL Type-S is the model of Acura TL SH-AWD ® model is built for the enthusiast driver. With Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ™, the suspension tuning and special direction, the most powerful Acura engine ever, a close relation of spirit optional 6-speed manual transmission, performance, the 2012 TL offers a very attractive for two travelers and performance enthusiasts. Unlike some competitors sedan that adds all-wheel drive with your vehicle, especially in winter, the TL SH-AWD ® has been available specifically designed to dramatically improve driving performance, in addition to further improve winter driving ability of vehicle. This means that the Acura TL SH-AWD ® is inspiring to drive year-round.

By 2012, the Acura TL has a new look to save performances, including a new front bumper, where teams with a more refined grid. Furthermore, the benefits of frontal style daytime running lights and turn signals and fog newly designed light. In addition to providing better aerodynamics, the front of the Acura TL has refined a shorter overhang before. As with the TL 2011, TL 2012 makes use of external indices as a stainless steel trim of true luxury, LED taillights and dynamic surface lines immediately capturing the viewer's attention.

Under the hood, the 2012 Acura TL has a new battery management system (BMS), which is designed to increase overall independence, reduce the risk of a dead battery and contributing to improved fuel economy . 3.5L and 3.7L engines use a modified cold air intake with brand new double thin electrode spark plugs, which helps improve combustion and to further extend the operational efficiency of 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.

) New "active mating" Bluetooth ® mobile phones, call the number and dial by voice tags, and even more extensive mapping information for navigation system.

Inside, the ', TL residents are treated to pursue interior design, which includes advanced LED lighting throughout the cabin, leather seats and plenty of confirmed sliding metal or wood accents fantasy.

As expected by Acura, the TL range of standard safety features is exemplary and includes six airbags, active front headrests, and the benefits of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™ (ACE ™) body design.

In addition, a set of technologies is available on both models. With elements such as the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition ™, AcuraLink real-time traffic with traffic redirection ™, AcuraLink ™ with real-time maps of weather radar, the Surround Acura / ELS ® Premium audio system, Bluetooth ® system audio input, keyless (with smart entry and power button), the Technology group offers a wide range of electronic features. New for 2012 is the song TL By Voice ™ (SBV), which allows the driver to select the audio options through voice activation, rather than having to take one hand off the wheel.

When equipped with the Advanced package, a new blind spot information (BSI) system can detect other vehicles when the driver's blind spot in the Acura TL. Also part of the package in advance are ventilated front seats and big wheels / tires.


In total, the fourth-generation Acura TL amplifies and refocuses the mission of the origin and driver performance TL luxury sedan. Competition in the premium segment sedan entry, the mission of the TL 2012 Acura advances in the delivery of precision designed and focused luxury performance vehicles. A summary of its powerful attributes includes:

Dramatic new exterior and interior styling with a superlative level of luxury and technological appointments.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ™ model is designed for excellent wet and dry weather.

Available 6-speed manual gearbox developed specifically for performance enthusiasts who chose the SH-AWD model.

Packages available and technology advances, combining premium leather seats with electronic technology that make driving more enjoyable, efficient and convenient.


The new 2012 Acura TL refined enters the luxury market competition in a best time of the segment in which it competes is expected to remain strong over the next decade. Available with the bigger engine and more powerful in the history of the TL, with sport-oriented driving SH-AWD ® (the first pair of vectors AWD system when introduced in 2000), the 2012 TL is competing with vehicles like the Audi A4 and Audi A6, BMW 3 Series and 5 Series, Infiniti G37 and M37, Lexus GS and IS sedans, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class.


Customer performance luxury sedan features the value of vehicles such as dramatic and exclusive exterior styling, interior design and luxurious emotional and fun to drive character. These elements are balanced by an equally keen appreciation for the price of quality, reliability, sustainability and competitiveness.

Self-guided discrimination and technical understanding, these customers also feel that prestige is determined more by life experiences than by pure wealth. For this reason, are interested in vehicles that allow them to enjoy the ride - and the 2012 Acura TL is designed to do just that. While the TL is designed to appeal to a wide range of high-end consumers, the target buyer is expected to be a professional in his mid-40 with a household income of about $ 100,000 per year, while the expected TL SH-AWD ® target buyer is a professional in his 40 years with a household income over $ 150,000 per year.


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 sport shift sequential 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, 3.7L V-6 meets CARB LEV II ULEV emissions certification and provide city / highway / fuel consumption of 18/26/21 mpg (6AT model). The innovative SH-AWD ® is unique in the Acura, and by employing torque vectoring cornering under acceleration can send more torque and outside of the rear wheel into overdrive, creating a "yaw moment" that improves vehicle dynamics, creating an effect of turn.

Acura commitment to sophistication and refinement are equally important and to this end both engines shine with V-6 features the maintenance free serpentine accessory belt, low noise and low resistance electrical power steering (EPS) and electronically controlled hydraulic engine mounts that reduce vibration. In addition, both engines are maintained in memory ™ and 100,000 km interval tuning. With the validation tests conducted in environments ranging from Alaska to Death Valley, the street famous Nurburgring in Germany and Japan to New Zealand, the TL has been proven in a wide range of conduct the most demanding environments .

Body and chassis

2012 Acura TL has a style is a new dynamic level. Using the concept of "emotion unleashed" as the impetus to develop the chassis, the Acura engineers are located in Southern California crafted luxury performance sedan in the shape of the surface, indicating the movement - even at rest.

The use of aggressive wheel arches, dramatic character lines along the side of the body of the Acura, and many luxury items (such as the Acura grille) create a strong and distinctive shape. It comes with high quality details like the shell of steel trim, power moonroof, HID projector beam headlamps and LED tail lights, the TL has a solid position in the premium segment.

Others define the Acura TL is a unit of rigid bodies, placing the rails framework within (rather than underneath) the floor to provide an almost flat under the body. This frame design improves overall structural strength safety accident improved, while reducing interior noise and improving aerodynamic efficiency (drag reduction, in turn improves fuel economy). The TL also uses a large percentage (47.6 percent) of high strength steel to improve structural strength while helping to reduce weight. To this end, aluminum is also used for the cover, cradle Front suspension and rear suspension joints, while the light pillars of the body filled with foam to reduce noise in the cabin.

Around TL-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Different technologies to refine the TL reading, significantly reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) inside the car. These techniques are kaksivaihemoottorinsa "blow off" style hydraulic dampers, water-compatible connectors (for components of the engine, transmission and suspension to select) and vain "intelligent" engine. Available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ™ (SH-AWD ®) TL is a unique suspension tuning, more aggressive tuning of the damping, front brake cooling ducts, and set up special for the driver focused on the electric power steering (EPS ) system. Looking for the performance of the model Acura TL 6MT to choose from, which is more close-ratio 6-speed manual, an exclusive tuning SH-AWD system, a special rate front springs and shock absorbers, heavy front differential and drive shafts, a unique setting and EPS more.

Standard on the 2012 TL are 17x8-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with P245/50R17 Bridgestone Turanza break all-season tires. The Technology Package has proprietary Michelin Pilot P245/50R17 all-season tires on 17 inch wheels with aluminum wheels fitted with 18x8-inch P245 / 45 / 18 all-season tires for the TL model with Advance Package. The TL SH-AWD ® comes with the standard aluminum 18x8-inch 5 spokes with Michelin Pilot P245/45R18 rubber. Available Acura TL SH-AWD ® with Advance Package are 19x8-inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires 245/40R19 M + S.


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, levers mounted steering wheel for Sequential Shift 6-speed Sport automatic transmission and a 8-speaker, 276-watt audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM / FM radio, XM ® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth ® Audio, a USB port and AUX jack connectivity and hands-free Link ® wireless telephone interface.

Package of technology available more desirable for a wide range of electronic updates on a list of standard luxury features, beginning with the Keyless Access system (with Smart Entry and push-button ignition) and luxurious full-grain perforated Milano premium seating surfaces skin. Designed to seamlessly with the TL driving experience, the electrical characteristics of the Acura navigation system will continue to Voice ™, a rear camera view and update an 8-inch VGA high resolution color display and is available AcuraLink real-time Traffic and traffic, recycling, and AcuraLink ™ ™ Real-Time Weather radar image map. Furthermore, AcuraLink ® satellite communication system provides a constant between the TL and Acura. The interface connection is completed by the powerful speech recognition feature, which offers intuitive navigation, audio, air conditioning and other features.

For the quality of the final sound, the package includes the Technology Acura / ELS Surround ® 10-speaker 440-watt audio system with high-quality DVD-Audio, DTS ™, CD, AM / FM radio, XM ® Radio, Bluetooth Audio ® 3500 - Song Hard Disk 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.


The Acura division of interest and concern for safety engineering is well known. The security concerns include the driver and passengers of TL, the safety of occupants of other vehicles, and self-injury mitigation for pedestrians. 2012-TL provides such a title with a complement of the latest security techniques and features.

The story begins with TL Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™ (ACE ™) body structure. Introduced to the division in 2005 Acura RL (and now integrated into all Acura models), ACE ™ is a body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. ACE ™ design uses an interconnected structural elements that distribute impact energy more evenly across the front of the TL. This increase in energy management frontal crash reduces the forces transmitted to the cabin and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in an accident.

While ACE ™ is a structural basis for the security levels of TL, its variety of industry-leading technologies of passive safety is equally important. The list begins with six airbags, including dual-stage front airbags, multi-level, dual-chamber front side airbags and side curtain airbags in the front and rear seats. Features continue with three anchor points in all seats, while the driver and passenger seatbelts also front automatic tensioning system with load limiters. The Acura TL offers headrests for all seats with active head restraints on front seats. The rear seat has lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH), allowing easy mounting of up to two child seats.

The processing performance of the TL is helping to provide the pilot with an excellent capacity for the prevention of accidents, which are complemented by features such as disc brakes 4-wheel ABS, EBD and Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability assistance. Other safety features include daytime running lights outside (DRL) and a deformable hood panel, hood hinges and windshield wiper pivots to help reduce injuries to pedestrians.

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