2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

9.9

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 EX-L

9.6

Runner-up

Honda Accord EX-L

starting from

$30,525
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's controls
"It's an elegant ride."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX-L

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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Good range in the city
426 miles
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Performance 8.4 vs 10.0
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 EX-L
  • 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 Automatic transmission
Entertainment System 9.2 vs 10.0
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 EX-L
  • The TL has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 7
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the TL
  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 629 miles vs 481 miles
  • Almost the same, 55.8 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.9

Performance

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL Acura
TL
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM The TL is fairly powerful, but the Accord EX-L is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The TL 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Accord EX-L
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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 17.9 lb/hp vs 13.1 lb/hp The TL is a sporty car, while the Accord EX-L is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The TL 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Accord EX-L is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 38.4 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Entertainment System

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL Acura
TL
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The TL has more speakers and the Accord EX-L is OK, too
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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 Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes The Accord EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard 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 EX-L

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL Acura
TL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 481 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the TL gets OK distance
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 12.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Accord EX-L'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 Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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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

Cost

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL Acura
TL
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MSRP $30,525 vs $43,770 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 18 mpg The Accord EX-L has OK city mileage, while the TL is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The TL 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Accord EX-L's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The TL 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Accord EX-L's is very short

Safety Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL Acura
TL
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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 None vs AcuraLink

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL Acura
TL
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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

Road Tests

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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Accord EX-L vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Volkswagen CC Sport Accord EX vs CC Sport
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Accord EX vs Cruze LT
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Accord EX-L vs Avalon Limited
2012 Acura TL 2011 Acura TSX TL vs TSX
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus IS 350 TL vs IS 350
2012 Acura TL 2011 BMW 328i TL vs 328i
2012 Acura TL 2011 Toyota Camry XLE TL vs Camry XLE
2012 Acura TL 2012 Infiniti M37x TL vs M37x

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.