2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Road Test and Review
2012 Acura TL SH-AWD: Introduction
When the third-generation Acura TL was initially unveiled to the press and buying public, much ado was made about the bold new styling direction emphasized by the tall, oversized front grille that many soon started to call its “beak.” Sadly, few people noticed the incredible improvement in driving dynamics found mainly in the all-new version with the SH-AWD system which transformed the TL into a true sports sedan.
Well, if the only reason you were avoiding the purchase of a TL was the old styling, now you are out of excuses because with the redesign of the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD will not only become one of the most fun-to-drive V-6 luxury sedans on the market but it will also be one of the best looking. The look has gone from somewhat startling to sexy.
The “beak” is gone and in its place is a demure and classy chrome shield and in conjunction with a reshaping of the trunk angle resulting in subtly refined styling that is still sufficiently bold looking to stand out from other luxury sedans. For 2012, the TL also boasts other refinements like an all-new six-speed automatic, upgraded interior chrome door handles and still more splashes of chrome in the interior.
Also, the 2012 Acura TL remains one of the few foreign brand luxury cars actually designed and built mainly in the U.S.A—namely at Acura’s plant in Marysville, Ohio. We can even name a few “domestic” luxury cars that come mainly from Canada and Mexico but we don’t want to be responsible for anyone with a “Buy American” bumper sticker on their car to have an accident after their head explodes.