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Small Changes Make A Big Difference

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For years, Acura approached the evolution of its vehicles with the deliberate patience of a carpenter wielding a sanding block. Rough mechanical or aesthetic edges were banished not with axe swings, but with small motions that seemed barely perceptible compared to the ranging whims of the competition.

Then the 2009 TL came along.

While the automaker had already begun to dabble with its then-new corporate shield grille, the TL took the piece and ran with it in a direction no one else was heading. Ask Acura about the thinking behind the design, and the company will say that the look was a product of the times. When the vehicle was penned, the world was preoccupied with ever larger displays of affluence, and Acura wanted a sedan that was unmistakable in every way. Unfortunately, the fourth-generation TL landed right as the housing bubble popped and the rest of the economy began circling the drain.

In order to right the TL's wrongs for 2012, Acura has put down the chainsaw in favor of the carving knife to build an altogether more attractive vehicle that brings additional fuel economy to the table as well. Are the small changes enough for the luxury sedan to put its dreaded beak behind it?

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Canada Prices Stays the Same

Acura announced pricing Wednesday on its redesigned 2012 TL, an important player in the mid-size sporty sedan market. Acura said the starting price on the TL will be $39,490, the same as the outgoing model. Equipped with the optional Technology package, which adds navigation and voice recognition as well as a 440-watt premium audio system, the MSRP is $42,990.

For those wanting AWD, the TL SH-AWD will have an MSRP of $43,490. And those checking off AWD and the tech option package will shell out $46,990 with the choice of either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission at no extra cost. The automatic is offers a sequential sportshift function and uses a new multi-clutch torque converter for snappier shifts. It includes rev-matching downshifts and a double kickdown feature for passing.

A new Elite Package, which offers ventilated front seats, 19x8-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels, and a new blind-spot information system, will have an MSRP of $48,990.

Horsepower, delivered through the front wheels in non-awd versions, remains unchanged at 280. AWD versions come with 305 horsepower.

The car will hit showrooms March 18.
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