For its price range, few cars compete with the 2008, midsize entry-level, four-door luxury sport sedan, Acura TL. Virtually unchallenged with a winning combination of sporty performance, sleek exterior design, and an attractively designed cabin that’s both roomy and loaded with amenities to please all tastes.
Available in two extremely well-stocked trim levels: TL and Type-S; the 2008 Acura TL is unique in that it showcases many features that are standard across both trims, whereas its competitors offer them only as optional. Specific standard features on both TLs include Bluetooth connection, power leather seats, sunroof, and an eight-speaker surround sound system with CD changer.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, slick-shifting six-speed manual, five-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Models: TL, Type-S
Because big changes were made to the 2007 model year, no significant changes are made to the 2008 Acura TL.
The 2008 Acura TL owes the foundation of its sculpted good looks to the preceding year's redesign. There are a few added exterior elements that are worthy of mention: a slight front grille alteration, LED turn signals, integrated flog lamps, and a subtle etching of chrome trim. Type-S’s trim offers a few of its own distinguished exterior elements in the form of a darker trim, black chrome along the grille and headlights, a rear-end spoiler, and dark-toned 17-inch wheels.
While it’s touted as a luxury sedan, 2008 Acura TL consumers may scoff at the designation. Acura doesn't give into its luxury side as it doesn't have chrome and wood highlights, which is a mark of luxury for consumers. Instead, it opts for more of a sporty feel with alloy and carbon fiber accents. The XM satellite radio, wireless telephone interface, cool blue instrument lighting, dual-climate control, and an integrated rear view camera come standard on the base trim. But nothing is without its negatives: 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space is a small when compared to others in its class, and it lacks a folding rear seat.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Acura TL derives its power from a 3.2-liter V-6 engine good for 258 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque; meanwhile, the more stalwart Type-S packs a heftier 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 286 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque. As testament to the TL's get-up-and-go attitude, it still zips from a standstill to 60 mph in an impressive six seconds. The Type-S cuts that time down to almost five seconds flat. For an all front-wheel-drive sedan, things don’t get a whole lot better than the 2008 Acura TL. Precise steering and sharp cornering capabilities make the TL a worthy vehicle on even the most stubborn roads. Whether you’re cruising languidly around town or tearing along twisting mountain roads, the 2008 Acura TL retains a pleasant and comfortable ride.
Honored with a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in front, side, and rear impact crashes, the 2008 Acura TL packs a safety punch that you’d expect from a high-ranked sedan: front, rear, side airbag protection, rear door child safety locks and seat anchors, front/rear multi-position driver/passenger headrests with whiplash protection, stability/traction control, emergency braking assist, anti-lock brakes, and an anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
TL: 18/26 mpg city/highway
TL Type-S: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Spacious, well-designed sporty interior
- Good, solid engine power on both trim models
- Reliable, sturdy handling
- Top-notch high-tech features throughout
- Great crash scores
- Highly cost-effective sticker price
You Won't Like
- Not as luxurious as some car buyers might want
- All-wheel-drive limitations makes certain driving situations a bit challenging/ul>
An excellent addition to the entry-level luxury sedan class.
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