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2012 Acura TL SH-AWD

Acura's Best Is Still Tough To Beat Acura has been a bit of an enigma of late. Honda's premium marque has endured its share of struggles, with new entries like the ZDX and more established models like the RL falling short of buyers' expectations. Even the mighty TL, which has been Acura's top-selling sedan for years, has seen better days. At the height of its popularity in 2005, Acura moved 78,218 copies of its mainstream luxury sled, putting the TL behind only the BMW 3 Series and Lexus ES in luxury car sales. But then two things happened to turn the TL's world upside-down. First,... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.7L V6
Power:
305 HP / 273 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$42,885 as tested
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    Report: Acura organizes new business division to confront falling sedan sales
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    Honda and Acura North America have announced a major restructuring of operations in hopes of turning around Acura's flagging business. For 2013, sales for Acura's sedans dropped 10.4 percent, while its CUV sales grew by 21 percent. The newly formed Acura Business Planning Office will attempt to right the ship. As part of the restructuring, Acura is ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: S.H.I.E.L.D. Acura TL from The Avengers
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    Herein lies the broom that will sweep away both the TL and the TSX, and its name is the Acura TLX Prototype. Proposed as a "red carpet athlete," the production midsize TLX will slot in between the ILX and RLX range-topper in the brand's sedan lineup while presenting its take on "luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism with exhilarating ...

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    Official: 2013 Acura TL Special Edition rolls up carrying $37,405* price tag
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    Official: Honda signs on as Pikes Peak sponsor, race participant
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    Video: Acura TL bursts into flames moments before being traded in at Ontario dealership [UPDATE]
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    Watching your car burst into flames before your eyes is never good news, and it's even worse when you're mere moments away from trading it in at the local dealership. This Car-B-Q blaze apparently erupted at Acura 2000, a dealer in Brampton, Ontario. As the video tells us, the unlucky customer saw his 2004-2008 Acura TL trade-in suddenly catch fire and go ...

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    Recalls: Honda recalling over 570,000 Accord sedans for power steering issue
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    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda is recalling over 625,762 Accord and Acura TL models. The Accord models in question were all built for the 2003 to 2007 model years and are all equipped with V6 engines, while the affected Acura TL sedans are from the 2007 and 2008 model years. NHTSA report states that the power ...

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    Recalls: Acura recalling over 52,000 TL sedans over power steering hose
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    Acura is recalling 52,615 TL sedans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The problem: a faulty power steering hose that could, over time, deteriorate and develop a fluid leak. According to the automaker's official statement, a leaky power steering hose "could lead to loss of power steering assistance or, if it leaks onto a catalytic converter it may ...

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    Recalls: Honda expands airbag recall again, still searching for 640 airbags
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