The other part to like about the 2012 TL—and why you might enjoy this sport sedan more than other traditional rear-drivers—is that there's simply more interior space and comfort. The back seat is a true adult-size space, and you could even fit three across if needed. We'd venture to say, too, that the soft upholstery for the ventilated-leather seats, as well as the dash and door trims, are a step above what you get in base versions of many rival models for roughly the same price. Ride quality is on the firm side, but it isolates the most jarring bumps.
Comfort and tech features are the payoff
Our top-of-the-line SH-AWD Advance trim included the Blind Spot Information System, ventilated front seats, and showy 19-inch alloy wheels. The Advance equipment stacks on top of the Tech Package's navigation system, real-time traffic, weather, and traffic rerouting, Bluetooth Audio, and Keyless Access. At $45,945, it's certainly not cheap, but it prices well below base versions of the Infiniti M37 or BMW 5-Series.
In the end, you're going to have a blast driving the TL; you'll appreciate the interior space and comfort; and (perhaps other than the balky center-stack controls and dated nav interface) you'll love all the tech features. If you can get past the Accord connection, the TL is a strong contender with a lot of personality.
For an in-depth look, specs, and ratings--and more details about the TL's slight refresh this year--see our full review pages on the 2012 Acura TL over at The Car Connection.