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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
A discreetly placed tray holds an MP3 player out of sight while connected to the standard USB port.
The center stack has too many similar-looking buttons
a dash sensor measures the sun’s intensity and adjusts the climate settings accordingly
Road & Track
great 10-speaker 440-watt stereo and large navigation screen tarnished only by a busy and button-heavy center stack
has a very capable voice command system for destination entry
The 2012 Acura TL is a full-features luxury car even in its base form; but it's at its best for those who want to pair this luxury-sedan cabin with the impressive tech feature set that's on offer if you click a few option boxes.Going up the scale, the top SH-AWD model sure can seem pricey, but it's a complete, sophisticated sport sedan with the Tech Package, including a navigation system with live traffic, weather, and rerouting; a rearview camera; solar-sensing temperature control, keyless access, and an upgraded 440-watt Acura/ELS surround sound system. A top Advance Package adds to that ventilated seats, a blind-spot system, and those top 19-inch wheels.
The down side is that the top SH-AWD model sure can seem pricey. The bottom-line price for the Advance model, which includes the works, is nearly $46k--almost as much as a Mercedes-Benz 5-Series or E-Class without some of these extras.
Even the base TL features a standard USB iPod/MP3 interface, an eight-speaker audio system, and a crisp, high-resolution center-mounted display for controlling the infotainment system. Sound quality is good in base form, thunderous with the ten-speaker optional upgrade.
The 2012 Acura TL is at its best when loaded with tech features--and there are plenty on offer.