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2012 Acura RL SH-AWD
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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

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2012 Acura RL
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2014 Acura TL
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2012 Acura RL

Entering its final year of production, with a successor expected to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012, the 2012 Acura RL has not undergone any change...

2014 Acura TL
Rob Feeman Preview:

As it awaits a next-generation makeover tentatively scheduled for 2015, as well as a rumored name change to the TLX, the Acura TL midsize luxury sedan remains unchanged for 2014. Altho...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2012 Acura RL
Tracy writes:
For a tech car it did not do it for this techie.
Power Ranked 2013 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD better.
"HO turbo with the adjustable dampening suspension"
Looks/Style Ranked 2012 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Sedan AWD better.
"Its lines are bold and confident."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2012 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Sedan AWD better.
"golf clubs for 2 is what I cared about."
Value Ranked 2013 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD better.
"Made in USA, Buick top 3 in Consumer Reports is in agreement with the buying experience and the quality. "
2014 Acura TL
Angel writes:
Great tuning potential
Guru9BCJ5F writes:
Transmission was quite weird. Steering was a bit too much considering the power was not really there on the i4...
Handling Ranked 2014 Lexus GS better.
"It is a lot smoother and in Sport makes it nice and firm. The TL had pretty jerky steering at all speeds."
Looks/Style Ranked 2014 Lexus GS better.
"The TL trunk and grill make the car look like a stove. "
Michael writes:
Really enjoy it
Back Seats Ranked 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class worse.
"Alittle more leg room"
Value Ranked 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class worse.
"The price"


2012 Acura RL
2014 Acura TL
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy, City
17 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
29 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 19.3 gal 18.5 gal
Fuel Type
300 hp @ 6,300 RPM
280 hp @ 6,200 RPM
271 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
254 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
3,700 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.54 in x 3.78 in
3.5 in x 3.66 in
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 3 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 3 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Rollover -- 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.4 in 42.5 in
Back Legroom 36.3 in 36.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 13.8 cu ft 13.1 cu ft
Length 195.8 in 194 in
Width 72.7 in 74 in
Height 57.2 in 57.2 in
Wheelbase 110.2 in 109.3 in

Available Options

2012 Acura RL

Exterior Colors

  • Alberta White Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Forged Silver Metallic
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Platinum Frost Metallic
  • Pomegranate Pearl
2014 Acura TL

Exterior Colors

  • Basque Red Pearl II
  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Silver Moon
  • Still Night Pearl

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