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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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