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Acura is cognizant of the fact that their current design language isn’t going over well with consumers, and is at least doing something about it. Truth be told, the Acura TL is a good car. Equipped with SH-AWD it’s even better, and with the 6-speed manual transmission, it’s fantastic. Unfortunately it looks like a child’s attempt at an oragami hippo, which has prevented a lot of people from giving it a fair shake.
For 2012, the Acura TL will get a new schnoz, and although the changes are sublte, they do help make the car’s awkward front end look a little less jarring to the naked eye. Look closely and you’ll see that the chrome trim around the front is smoother and smaller, while the overhangs have been reduced in size.
Other changes, announced at the new car’s unveiling at the Chicago Auto Show, include a much-needed 6-speed automatic, an available blind-spot warning system, ventilated seats that offer heating and cooling, and finally, an available 60 GB hard-drive based navigation system.