The TL is a nice upscale sedan but no longer stood out from the crowd. For the 2012 model year, styling was slightly tweaked and the automatic transmission got another gear to a six-speed, boosting fuel economy by one mpg to 24. As always, it had a great drivetrain, sound ride, and a nicely-finished interior with supportive front seats. Handling was sound, but compromised by vague steering.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Our TL is fun to drive and offers excellent acceleration and handling."

Larry C., TN (2012 Acura TL)

"easy and seamless to drive"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Acura TL)

"Good acceleration, and road handling with the SH AWD system"

Alan K., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"The Acura is a solid well built car that really moves, the Honda V6 is a great engine that is fun to drive."

Andy S., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"Acceleration - enjoyable, great acceleration, especially in paddle shifter mode where revs can be maintained higher. Stops pretty well. Steering is very light at low speeds and much heavier at higher speeds - feels like a large car. Ride is firm and the car could feel a bit unsettled over bumps during 'spirited' driving. More understeer than expected for the car with 245 tires, even at lower speeds."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Good: comfortable seats, great handling-quick pickup when needed Bad: The basic cost is very high considering the cell calls are difficult/time consuming to place, radio is poor audio quality, has lots of blind spots-really dangerous changing lanes or making turns"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Acura TL)

"Excellent handling. The AWD and wide tires make it great for icy winter roads, esp. on inclines. I love the feel of this car."

Lawrence L., NY (2012 Acura TL)

"Acura vehicle's perform well with above average handling dynamics. This is achieved at the cost of driver comfort on long trips & road noise in the cabin."

RUTH F., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"SH package performance is out standing. Road hugging and acceleration reminds me of the 240Z I drove back in the 70's."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Acura TL)

"It handles very well. Very close to a sports sedan."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TL)

"Acura's V6 engine provides excellent acceleration and good fuel economy with mostly highway driving. Not so good fuel economy with local driving (as with most V6 cars)."

HOWARD G., VA (2012 Acura TL)

"Acceleration is great. Handling is amazing when you want to push the vehicle. I never have to worry about pulling out onto a busy street with traffic as the awd and acceleration make it easy. The car still drives and handles as well as it did the first day I bought the car."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Acura TL)

"Smooth and fast acceleration"

SONJA G., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"reliable"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Acura TL)

"Excellent acceleration and handling."

MICHAEL R., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Great ride, get 32 MPG highway, comfortable"

JOSEPH K., DE (2012 Acura TL)

"great foad feel, steering, acceleration, cornering, the 6 speed transmission is a winner"

H M., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"it has a very responsive drivetrain."

ANDY S., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"The handling is sharp with good acceleration and cornering, because of the stiff suspension which supports that cornering, the ride isn't really smooth, and there is a bit of noise."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Acura TL)

"This car (with the torque vectoring all-wheel-drive) is the best handling vehicle I have ever owned. I give it the highest marks on ride, handling, and comfort. Furthermore, in the 5 years I have owned it it has not required a single repair."

ALLAN M., MD (2012 Acura TL)

"Excellent acceleration."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TL)

"Performance and handling have been the focus of the Acura brand since it's inception. That's the good, The cost, road noise, ride quality, especially on long trips. , Overall Fit & finish and the standard upgrades (in lieu of options) set them apart from their parent Honda autos."

Ruth F., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"The acceleration and handling of this car is phenomenal."

Linda P., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"It accelerates when needed. As a short person, I'm able to see out all mirrors with ease. The steering wheel is very responsive."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Acura TL)

"The Acura TL has a decent compromise of handling and acceleration for a car in it's class. The SH-AWD system tends to be more front biased, which limits some of the fun to drive factor. The engine is extremely smooth and accelerates very linearly through the RPM range."

Bill L., NH (2012 Acura TL)

"it performs well on the summer performance tires"

Paul K., ON (2012 Acura TL)

"It is fun to drive at mountain rode where I live with stick shift."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Acura TL)

"Quick acceleration, fun to drive and handling embues driver with a great amount of confidence"

Anthony D., MA (2012 Acura TL)

"36 miles to the gallon highway"

James G., NY (2012 Acura TL)

"SH-AWD is excellent an gives a feeling of total control of the car especially heading into curves at speed. The acceleration is excellent."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Acura TL)

"excellent acceleration, terrific engine, good handling"

Donald B., PA (2012 Acura TL)

"great acceleration, excellent steering feel."

D G., ON (2012 Acura TL)

"Great car to drive, but lacks in all other areas"

Ben W., OH (2012 Acura TL)

"Great acceleration, muted road noise and it mitigates many bad roads which can be terrible in areas with terrible winters like we have."

Richard O., IA (2012 Acura TL)

"The car is quick and drives well."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TL)

"Very quick acceleration"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Acura TL)

"Driving experience from handling, acceleration to comfort is very appealing"

Gary H., OH (2012 Acura TL)

"Both have beer exceptional"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Terrific acceleration and handling. Manual transmission which is very smooth and easy."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Acura TL)

"Great acceleration, especially once the car is rolling (from the start the gas often times is too sensitive and spins the tires - would prefer more linear feel, and more feel in general), can pass most things on the road. Driving is smooth for the most part, sometimes in stop-go traffic you can feel the transmission going back and forth on the gears. Suspension is firm but is great at bump absorption. The car feels very planted and is pretty level in turns, although steering wheel feels pretty heavy, so there is not really a nimble feeling. Haven't broken the traction in any of the corners so don't know how the car behaves in that situation, but seems ok when approaching the limit. Brakes are good, with good firmness/feel. Paddle shifters are virtually never used. Tires are pretty huge and I'm definitely not looking forward to paying for those when it comes time to replace them. Enjoyable engine noise during harder acceleration, great mileage on highway (usually 27-30 with mainly highway commutes, average when mixed in with the city is ok, pure city driving with heavy traffic and lights is usually 18-20 and is a bit painful). With great hwy mileage, it has a great range"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Very responsive, fast car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"My Acura TL is very fast and has never had one single problem. Sounds and runs as good as New."

Kevin M., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Spirited acceleration and a very nice handling vehicle. Solid."

Andy S., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"Acceleration & handling are very good. Holds road well & has plenty of power to pass & stay up with traffic."

Raul J., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"The SH-AWD really is a pleasure to drive and inspires confidence in driving & control"

Alan K., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"This car has good acceleration. When you want to get out in traffic this car responds very well. The turning radius is also very good."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Excellent and responsive V-6 and automatic transmission. Very good acceleration. Handling is good."

Howard G., VA (2012 Acura TL)

"My wife had a 2002 Acura TL previous to this car. It was a very good car and fun to drive, but this newer model far outclasses that one for performance and is much better at handling than the other one. It feels very tight and controlled, but never hard riding or uncomfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"This car has plenty of power and the all wheel drive works well. It's a little big and heavy for my taste but it is a good car."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Acura TL)

"It is fine now - read my previous response."

Anonymous, DE (2012 Acura TL)

"The transmission has had many issues. The handling is fair, but could be improved."

Jason H., GA (2012 Acura TL)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Terrible road noise and rough ride."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Acura TL)

"Having owned a wonderful 2005 Acura, this car just doesn't measure up. Aside from other cheap attributes, the ride is not near as smooth either. The handling doesn't feel as nimble as the '05 and through two different sets of name brand tires, the ride has always seemed a bit jittery."

Larry M., TN (2012 Acura TL)

"Noise - Cabin is fairly quiet at speed Seats - seem comfortable, no issues with longer drives (140 mi) so far, in warm weather non-perforated seats induce some additional sweating compared to cloth seats. Seat memory option is great to have for multiple drivers. AC didn't seem very cold, possibly user error; dual climate feature is nice. Ride is firm."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"I bought this car because the ride was so nice"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Acura TL)

"This is an extremely comfortable vehicle. A friend had leased it but when a tornado destroyed our vehicles he offered it to us. It is more car than we've owned in the past but when he said we could purchase it we jumped at the chance and haven't been sorry. Of course it was one of those recalled due to faulty airbags, so it sat idle for a month but the dealer arranged for us to have a rental car until they had the parts. They then had it towed the 60 miles to their facility, called us when i"

BILL E., CO (2012 Acura TL)

"Ride is "firm" - not "cushy"- although that means it takes curves nicely."

RICHARD L., OH (2012 Acura TL)

"At age 63, it has become more difficult to get out of the car without holding onto side of car. Too low to the ground"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Acura TL)

"The seats need some improvement for shorter stature people. It takes a considerable amount of time and adjustments to achieve a somewhat comfortable fit."

Anonymous, VT (2012 Acura TL)

"The car, although not a top luxury car, is very competent. It is comfortable and handles well."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TL)

"I have had this car in for numerous squeaks and rattles. I have something wrong that I describe as a hamster in the motor that they can't find. I needed a new torque convertor. I was in a rental car for 3 months due to an airbag recall. When I offered to buy a new car, Acura would't even give me half of the value I paid for the car (less than blue book.)"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Front seats too low even at highest setting; difficulty existing car"

N S., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Seating and cabin space are very tight for passengers 5' 8" and taller. Need more room for rear passengers."

MICHAEL R., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"road noise"

DAVID S., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Smooth ride with responsive handling. Good HVAC system. Minor wind noise through sunroof. Tremendous highway mileage."

MYLES R., MS (2012 Acura TL)

"The ride is not smooth and the external noise is high"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"The seats are quite comfortable and the perforated leather breathes enough to make getting into the car parked in the sun a non-harrowing experience. However too much noise gets into the car during drive my. The noise is mostly road noise followed by wind noise."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Acura TL)

"Road noise is too loud"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Acura TL)

"like the size and mpg. real comfortable. enjoy the ride"

DESI S., TX (2012 Acura TL)

"The 2012 TL has a tighter suspension and a bumpier ride than the 2000 TL. The seats are also a little less comfortable and not as big as the 2000 TL."

MARK K., OH (2012 Acura TL)

"Initially took a while to adjust to seats which were hard, but they are now very comfortable and accommodating."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Acura TL)

"The comfort is very good"

Jason H., GA (2012 Acura TL)

"There is excessive road noise when compared with any other vehicle I’ve owned in the last 10 years."

Michael H., UT (2012 Acura TL)

"Pretty harsh ride."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Acura TL)

"Seats comfortable. However, I'm 5'3" tall and have to sit on a pillow in order to see past the windshield wipers. Seat adjustments should make seat go higher."

Amy O., CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Very comfortable, supportive seats with heated seat option. Extremely quiet and smooth ride."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Acura TL)

"The driver's seat could have better adjustments for height of driver."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Acura TL)

"Seats are somewhat narrow and too firm."

Bill T., OH (2012 Acura TL)

"The trunk is so heavy and does not stay up when I reach in to grab something. I have gotten hit (somewhat hard) on the head due to this. Do not like this! The car sits a bit low and the driver's side door is heavy, so as I get older, it becomes more difficult to get in and out of the car, especially when the door does not stay open."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Higher than desired road noise"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Acura TL)

"This is a great road trip car. Quiet and comfortable."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Acura TL)

"All good."

E D., VA (2012 Acura TL)

"The car is just what I've wanted. I am pleased."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TL)

"I can travel for 16 hours without having back prolems."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Acura TL)

"very comfortable front seats, very tight no rattles or noises, ride is a little stiff in city driving because of awd."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Acura TL)

"Thiis is the most comfortable car that I have ever owned for extended driving trips."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Acura TL)

"Extremely comfortable, and quiet. Leather, dash, controls, etc. still look like new."

Kevin M., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Great seats, very comfortable on short or long rides. Noise is great, but not completely removed. Ride is amazing for a car of its age, and what sold me originally on the vehicle."

Richard O., IA (2012 Acura TL)

"stil lcomfortable, seats adjustable, good lumbar support, quiet ride"

D G., ON (2012 Acura TL)

"Ride is very smooth."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TL)

"seats are thin and can be uncomfortable. The cabin has a lot of road noise compared to other cars in the class."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Acura TL)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We traded in our BMW 328i which had repeated mechanical problems. Our TL is not only more comfortable to drive, but we have had zero mechanical problems after nearly 5 years."

Larry C., TN (2012 Acura TL)

"very good gas mileage"

James G., NY (2012 Acura TL)

"Great looking car with high reliability. Perfect for business trips."

William H., TN (2012 Acura TL)

"Exceptional value for the money"

RON F., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"The dealership was very amenable to negotiating. the price. Also, I bought an aftermarket grill to replace the factory "guillotine blade" and the dealership installed it at no cost to me."

TED H., KY (2012 Acura TL)

"The ride is not smooth and external noise is more for the price paid"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"The constant frustration is the road noise. Somewhat an improvement over my 94 RL but a must improvement is needed to encourage more positive decision on another Acura purchase."

DWAYNE B., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Nice car that's been replaced by a not so nice care (TLX)"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Acura TL)

"paid 31,000 for this car new and it has been a great value. Transmission was replaced through a recall and has been perfect since , overall reliability has been perfect. Reasonably luxurious and fun to drive,"

Donald B., PA (2012 Acura TL)

"The car has been terrible - there was a recall around 2016 which fixed the acceleration. The car would chug along between 25 and 45 miles per hour which sounded like I had put bad gas in the car. I reported this to your automotive group. Now it runs great but it was annoying to have it all those years without being fixed."

Anonymous, DE (2012 Acura TL)

"The car is a pleasure to drive. It has not taken much in the way of repairs, mainly the costs are for regular maintenance. It has had few mechanical problems and several of those were recalls, which were handled by the dealer relatively quickly. It has been very reliable and low cost, for a luxury level car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TL)

"Buying an Acura is easy in comparison to other brands. There are three levels of purchase, standard, navigation model and all wheel drive model. The price for the quality of vehicle is very reasonable."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Acura TL)

"The power of a V6, quality of ride, fit and finish, overall quality of car."

E D., VA (2012 Acura TL)

"Good value for the price."

John B., WV (2012 Acura TL)

"only $ spent have been on oil, Gas, Tires"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Acura TL)

"Excellent value. Solid mechanically and an excellent road car with the only (and severe) limitation being a poorly designed and near-unusable trunk"

Robin D., CO (2012 Acura TL)

"Very good quality"

James G., NY (2012 Acura TL)

"i leased the vehicle and purchased it at the end of the lease. In the future, I would not buy off a lease unless I got a lower base price."

James D., MA (2012 Acura TL)

"This car has saved my life twice."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Acura TL)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"My 2012 Still looks young and competitive"

DWAYNE B., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"I find it bothersome that TLs all seem to be black. Silly but they are like the Model T"

M E., NJ (2012 Acura TL)

"It is a very attractive vehicle. It still looks like new, it's sleek, has a beautiful leather interior, with very comfortable seating both front and rear. In fact the friend who arranged for us to buy it leased a 2016 Acura TLX and says he'd rather have his TL back."

BILL E., CO (2012 Acura TL)

"Either your going to love it or hate it. There is no middle ground. Personally; I think it was time for Lexus to try something bold."

RUTH F., FL (2012 Acura TL)

"I like the wind swept aggressive look of the car."

ANDY S., IL (2012 Acura TL)

"The vehicle exterior looks good but the styling is like many other models on the road. It is not distinguishable. Like so many others you would need to catch it and read it to know what it was."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Acura TL)

"Loads of compliments. World class styling."

MYLES R., MS (2012 Acura TL)

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