First Look: 2012 Acura TL

The headlights have been updated, as well, and Acura says that the front overhang is now shorter. The 2012 model year also marks the introduction of new wheel styles for the 17- and 18-inch sizes while the SH-AWD's optional 19-inchers come with new P245/40R19 all-season tires.

From behind, the 2012 TL benefits from a number of small changes, starting with a new diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper. The license plate area has moved upward a bit, and two new character lines break up the huge mass of bumper. Up close, owners of the 2009-2011 TL may notice that the taillights use red chrome instead of silver trim.

Better technology heads to the TL for the 2012 model year. The navigation system is now 60 gigabytes and map coverage is more expansive. The monitor is brighter and has richer colors than before, Acura says. The USB connection speed is faster, and new ventilated front seats are an option as part of the Advance Package. A new blind spot information system completes the interior changes on the TL, which is 3 decibels quieter at highway speeds.

Prices and release dates haven't been announced yet, but on paper, it appears Acura has addressed most of the major concerns we had about the 2011 TL. With the U.S. new car market slowly growing and the TL refreshed, Acura should have little problem increasing the sedan's sales in 2011.

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I like it a lot. I never disliked the first "beak" but the front on this new one looks great. And the rear looks much more unobtrusive than before.

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