2011 Honda
Accord LX
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

10.0

Winner

Acura TL

starting from

$43,770

Reasons to buy the Acura TL

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Good cornering ability
0.9 g
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Honda Accord LX

8.8

Runner-up

Honda Accord LX

starting from

$22,150
"Excellent resale value."
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Reasons to buy the Honda Accord LX

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Fantastic range on the highway
611 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Good range in the city
426 miles
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Very spacious front seats
59.3 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • Leather comes standard on the TL ; the Accord LX only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the TL 's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the TL 's power seats; not available on the Accord LX
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the Accord LX
  • The TL 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio
Performance 10.0 vs 8.4
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Accord LX
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The TL 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have roomy front seats, however the Accord LX in particular is spacious
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the TL 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the TL 's power seats; not available on the Accord LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the TL ; the Accord LX only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The TL has more speakers, but the Accord LX has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The TL has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the Accord LX

Performance

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 177 HP @ 6,500 RPM The TL is fairly powerful, but the Accord LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the TL 's semi-automatic transmission and the Accord LX's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Accord LX
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 18.1 lb/hp The TL is a sporty car, while the Accord LX is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The TL 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Accord LX is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 37.7 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Cost

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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MSRP $43,770 vs $22,150 The Accord LX has a great price and the TL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 23 mpg The Accord LX has OK city mileage, while the TL is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The TL 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Accord LX's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The TL 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Accord LX's is very short

Safety Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs None

Practicality

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 481 miles vs 611 miles The Accord LX gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the TL gets OK distance
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Cargo space 12.5 ft3 vs 14.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 59.3 ft3 Both have roomy front seats, however the Accord LX in particular is spacious
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Accord LX's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the TL
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Accord LX, but the TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Road Tests

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Honda Accord LX Honda
Accord LX
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The TL 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Accord LX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 125 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 16.6 s @ 86 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.9 g vs 0.79 g The TL has good cornering abilities, but the Accord LX is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Accord EX-L vs Maxima SV
2012 Acura TL 2011 Acura TSX TL vs TSX
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus ES 350 TL vs ES 350
2012 Acura TL 2011 BMW 328i TL vs 328i
2012 Acura TL 2011 Infiniti G37 TL vs G37
2012 Acura TL 2011 Toyota Camry XLE TL vs Camry XLE

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Snookynibbles (9:57 AM, February 11, 2012)
The SHAWD TL 6AT runs low 6's to a 60 second sprint,  but a verified 5.2 w the MT.