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STYLING | 8 out of 10
at least the newest Acura face looks better on the TL than the TSX or RL
Car and Driver
The front end is gutsy--Acura is trying here--though it is a bit locomotive-esque.
Looking something like a concept car that escaped from an auto show, it features Acura's controversial shield grille, which makes up part of the car's protruding nose.
the beak-shaped grille surround is a bit harder to take
Ever since its last full redesign for 2009, the Acura TL's seemingly robot-inspired look has been controversial—or refreshing, depending on how you see it. Still, heads swivel when the TL drives by, and that's a good sign for a design that hasn't been all-new in many years.
Most notably, for 2012 the 'love-it-or-leave-it' front-end styling has been toned down just a bit, with the pointy beak giving way to a minimal vee shape and a more horizontal orientation to the front bumper. In back, the license plate has been raised, with a diffuser added, and wide dual exhaust exits rather than last year's quad tips.
On the inside, there's much less controversy and more to like. Gentle arcs and circles predominate, beautifully melding leather and synthetic, analog and digital in an artful yet logical way that is uniquely Acura. Except for some "warmer colors," the fashionable twin-cockpit design carries over. Gentle arcs and circles predominate, beautifully melding leather and synthetic, analog and digital in an artful yet logical way that is uniquely Acura.
The 2012 Acura TL still strikes as a little edgy on the outside, but its interior look is sporty and artful.