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The 2012 Acura TL close up

The 2012 Acura TL has an updated look, improved performance and upgraded technology. In addition to visual changes to the exterior, the new TL also offers additional safety features and a quieter cabin.

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Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.
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Starting at $39,335, the 2012 Acura TL offers front-wheel-drive with a 305 hp TL paired with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The 6MT model (with 6-speed manual transmission) will are offered in the 2012 TL SH-AWD lineup.
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TL's Advance Package includes new ventilated front seats, larger wheels and a new blind spot information system that alerts the driver when another vehicle is detected behind the TL in an adjacent lane.
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The 2012 TL is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing are also included.
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For 2012, the use of new body sealing techniques including improved weatherstripping design, and added expanding foam pillar separators help reduce high frequency noise in the TL's interior. Making for a quieter cabin.
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Safety features for the TL include six airbags including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; dual-chamber front seat side airbags with front passenger seat Occupant Position Detection System; and side-curtain airbags.
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The 2012 TL comes standard with 17-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels with P245/50R17 all-season tires. The TL SH-AWD comes standard with 18-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels with low-profile P245/45R18 tires. When equipped with the available advance package, the TL will come with 19-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels.
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To increase performance, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is applied on TL models fitted with an automatic transmission. A new double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a double downshift-- such as from fifth to third gear.
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The 2012 TL's new look includes a redesigned front bumper with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang.
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Changes to the rear include a bumper with a repositioned license plate opening and smaller rear reflectors, updated taillights and a thinner rear trunk edge trim.
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The Acura TL technology improvements include upgrades to Bluetooth and a 60 gigabyte hard-drive. The technology package includes Acura Navigation System, AcuraLink, with weather and traffic updates) and an Acura/ELS Surround 440-watt Premium Audio System.

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