The Acura TL is a luxury four-door luxury sedan which US News gave thumbs-up for its reliability and versatility. However, the reviewers noted that the exterior was “polarizing.” Forbes Magazine, however, noted that it has “an accommodating interior with a generous assortment of high-tech features.” The Acura TL continues the Acura tradition of luxury sedans with the right blend of sportiness and stability.

2012 Acura TL

The 2012 model averages between $34,260 and $43,182, so this car is definitely an investment. Those looking for a budget-friendly ride might do well to drop into the mid-sized sedan range which does not include the “luxury” tag, and the Acura is definitely a luxury vehicle. Some of the features which make it stand out are standard Bluetooth and iPod® connections, a more powerful engine than comparable models of Mercedes, BMW, and Volvo, and a very smooth ride. However, reviewers disliked the small trunk space and center-console cabin configuration.

Acura TL Safety Ratings and Awards

High safety ratings are almost a standard with luxury sedans, and the Acura TL is no disappointment in this regard. However, the Acura TL model does not measure up to other Acura models in overall safety. The federal government gave the 2012 Acura TL five out of five stars in a rollover crash test, but only four stars in a side crash and a dismal two stars in a front crash, bringing its average down to three out of five stars. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2012 Acura TL a “top safety pick rating,” so there is a bit of confusion about just how safe the car really is. Safety features abound on the Acura TL, including anti-lock brakes, active head restraint, and six separate air bags. Drivers can also opt for blind spot assistance and rearview camera.

Besides the IIHS’s Top Safety award, the Acura TL has racked up a few other choice awards during its lifespan. The 2006 model was voted Consumer Search’s “Best Sports Sedan With Luxury Touches” and “Best Blend of Sport and Luxury.” Since that time, however, Acura has not seen any more awards with this model, despite redesigning of the outside body and a few other additions designed to turn the heads of the luxury car market.

Acura TL Fuel Efficiency and Warranty

The Acura TL does not shine in the fuel economy department. Fuel efficiency can run as low as 17 miles per gallon in the city for the 2012 SH-AWD model, up to 29 miles per gallon for the 2-wheel drive models. Overall, the 2012 Acura TL averages about 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Acura offers a four-year, 50,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty, and a six-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Acura’s Total Luxury Care package is standard with the 2012 Acura TL, and includes emergency services and roadside assistance.

Like most luxury sedans, Acura TLs are not cheap to fix, either. One perennial problem noted by Acura TL owners has been transmission issues. These cars seem to have been plagued with a higher-than-average incidence of transmission failure. Average costs for this repair run $3,800, and the problem tends to appear just after the 100,000-mile mark. Another common problem is exhaust leaks, especially in cold weather, and rotor problems may also cause vibration during braking. Water pump replacement averages $376 with parts and labor. Most seriously, perhaps, there have been reports of problems with the Occupant Position Detection System, or OPDS. This is part of the integrated Supplemental Restraint System which helps protect driver and passengers during a crash, and repair costs average $322, including parts and labor.

How much is car insurance for an Acura TL?

2012 Acura TL insurance rates range from $1,610 per year on average for the four-door entry-level sedan model to $1,710 for the SH AWD Tech model. Other luxury sedans compare both higher and lower, with the 2012 Cadillac CTS averaging $1,464 to $1,510, depending on the model; the 2012 BMW 3 Series averaging between $1,516 and $1,630; the 2012 Lexus ES averaging $1,642; and the 2012 Infiniti G37 averaging $2,037. Overall, the costs for insuring the Acura TL are not out of line with other luxury sedans of the same size, and are actually a good bit cheaper than the Infiniti, which tends to have high insurance costs. Compare car insurance quotes for the Acura TL nationwide below!