Drive Time review of the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Advance by auto critic Steve Hammes



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Comments

    • Javasteen1980
      Javasteen1980

      2:04...ewhh

      about 5 months ago
    • thái nguyen
      thái nguyen

      bold and handsome grill but I doubt about the reliability and utility of Acura models.I usually trust in Lexus

      about 1 year ago
    • Vincent Dale
      Vincent Dale

      Man, it seem you are always in winter

      about 4 years ago
    • mrmysteriotx
      mrmysteriotx

      Steve, on your point about the overly-homogenized restyle, I agree with you wholeheartedly!

      about 5 years ago
    • Paul OregonUSA
      Paul OregonUSA

      Nice color

      about 5 years ago
    • JC6817
      JC6817

      A few more things--this Civic in a suit, ranked 12 out of the top 13 small upscales for 2013 by US News--2nd to last. I also just read it's the slowest seller on the market--consumers luckily haven't been fooled yet by this thing enough to make a it a hot ticket. The Verano is still ranked far and above the ILX in every ranking (look that up anywhere, you'll find it). At the end of the day, it's a civic, a common man's car, and no one shopping value wants to pay this price for that.

      about 6 years ago
    • rrt08
      rrt08 In reply to JC6817

      JC6817 this is not a ILX (civic)

      about 1 year ago
    • JC6817
      JC6817

      I don't care about Kia--I wouldn't be seen in one. I was just throwing that out there RE features for money. The ILX only has two certified competitors, the Verano, which fully loaded tops at $31 and offers more than this. And the A3, it's only German competitor, tops around $40. A fully loaded Buick--sure, I'd pay $31. An A3, yes, I'd pay $40. But a dressed up Civic, when fully loaded is $34+? Never. Not a deal. And don't count the 3-series.That's not even in the neighborhood of a Civic/ILX.

      about 6 years ago
    • rrt08
      rrt08 In reply to JC6817

      JC6817 this is not an ILX review

      about 1 year ago
    • chigasaki06
      chigasaki06

      Lets see how long an optima holds up 5yrs from now. Honda/Acura are kings for reliable; I know, I own one. Lastly, it IS a bargain when comparing it to cars in its class; Audi A4, 3-series, etc. Try getting half the features in a comparable German competitor, and you'll top out well above 50k.

      about 6 years ago
    • JC6817
      JC6817

      This isn't a relative bargain at $40K plus. Just about everything you find here is available on a Kia Optima. That'd be a bargain if we're talking about how much one could pack into something trying to be entry-luxury. Kia, Nissan, Hyundai--all brands I dislike, still have better design than this and are more of a bargain. True, beauty is subjective, but when you have more people calling it ugly than attractive, I think a consensus is formed. Read any journal--the TL never won points for beauty.

      about 6 years ago
    • JC6817
      JC6817

      I couldn't agree with you more. Very well said.

      about 6 years ago
    • Kory Easterday
      Kory Easterday

      If all you care about is looks, then go buy an Audi. And if all you're worried about is what the people at work think, the go buy a MB or bimmer. But if you want a superb and complete package that is a relative bargain, then the TL is where it's at.

      Plus, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

      about 6 years ago
    • MrColdasiice
      MrColdasiice

      Ahh to bad you don't have more footage of you wringing this car out. I know subaru is the best AWD system but your spirited driving in wet conditions make the Tl look good.

      about 6 years ago
    • Kadeen Hunter
      Kadeen Hunter

      I don't even know why Automakers listen to these fools! Gen Y buyers have such bad taste in cars, they're easily fooled by Kia/Hyundai to point that brands like Acura suffers. Hyundai is NOT a LUXURY brand at all, It's a cheap basic alternative to people who can't afford true luxury like Lexus, Audi, BMW, Mercedes or Jaguar! So for people to be prizing that brand is just mediocre to me, In the real world I see way more Acuras on the road than I do Hyundais

      about 6 years ago
    • JC6817
      JC6817

      Still ugly as sin. I'm glad it has spectacular performance, and plenty of luxury, but I'd have a very hard time explaining to people at work, in the parking lot, how I ended up in a car that looks like this. Outside of the RSX, Acura notoriously makes some of the least attractive cars in the automotive world, for who knows what reason?

      about 6 years ago
    • BenFranklin997
      BenFranklin997

      U are an idiot

      about 6 years ago
    • BenFranklin997
      BenFranklin997

      its made in Ohio, its FWD based like the ES and based on an Accord like the ES a camry. Its ES competitor always has been

      about 6 years ago
    • physics
      physics

      Best Car on the Market, dwarf BMW 550i, Lexus GS, Audi A7, this is the best buy ever.

      about 6 years ago
    • Rai Tian Xiang Luo
      Rai Tian Xiang Luo

      1:01 you used ho-hum

      about 6 years ago
    • Bosco Cheung
      Bosco Cheung

      Hi Steve, Good review, but I would like your opinion on Acura TL vs a fully loaded Accord V6. Besides the tech gear is there a great difference in handling, the ride and is it quiet? I currently own an accord and its not quiet at all on highways.

      Thanks

      about 6 years ago
    • avx7
      avx7

      front looks like the volt, the best TL was the 2007 type-S

      about 6 years ago
    • wrinkleneckbass
      wrinkleneckbass

      He liked the old beak but doesn't like the Mayan Bronze color? Whatever.

      about 6 years ago
    • Toyota4Life
      Toyota4Life

      0-60 in 6.2 ? yikes.. the SE Sport V6 camry gets to 60 in 5.8 but then again the camry is much lighter

      about 6 years ago
    • interstate366
      interstate366 In reply to Toyota4Life

      Toyota4Life 6.2 is a, uh, very conservative time. 5.8 is more like it for the 6AT, and the manual is 5.2-5.3

      about 4 months ago
    • Kelvin
      Kelvin

      problem is that they have studios in japan and here in U.S, they have to agree on each others different perspective, IMO the acura designer here just suck, esp the girl designing the zdx.

      about 6 years ago
    • Plus Minus Infinity
      Plus Minus Infinity

      @stevehammes Ah, you mean you never used it before this particular review? I heard it at the 1:00 mark in this particular review. I dont aim to pick on you in any way I just find it interesting how that word seems to be used exclusively by automotive journalists, especially those employed by the major automags. It stands out to me because whenever I hear that word, it reminds me of the way that crazy lady from Misery dresses.

      about 7 years ago
    • david dykeman
      david dykeman

      I'd pay a little more sand get the S4.

      about 7 years ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes

      @LZSchneider I don't believe I've ever used that phrase before in a review.

      about 7 years ago
    • Plus Minus Infinity
      Plus Minus Infinity

      Okay Steve, reveal to us all the big secret: Why do automotive journalists love the word "ho-hum" so much?

      about 7 years ago
    • alijalab
      alijalab

      Legit. Thanks man.

      about 7 years ago
    • itzmando
      itzmando

      I seriously like this refreshed model due to the smoked out headlights, this color isnt my choice, rather have the pearl white or red. I love my 2005 3G TL(red). I would spend the cash for this TL, I have driven earlier BMWs, Audi, etc. they are awesome, but being a college student wanted RELIABILITY in my next preowned car.
      I could care less if it was FWD or RWD. I am just going to be in bumper to bumper traffic so all that HP and torque is just useless to even test out. Stop hating!

      about 7 years ago
    • flammnkta
      flammnkta

      I prfer the older front end. Much more stylish, agressive.

      about 7 years ago