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2008 Acura RL

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2008 Acura RL Review

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In the constantly-changing world of design, what's new today can quickly become old news. This axiom can be applied to the Acura RL's styling, which has gone from cutting edge to fairly common in just a few years. Despite its relatively tame exterior, the RL has enough high-tech gadgetry and premium luxury features to satisfy most customers, not to mention an excellent repair history and attractive window sticker. The RL's lack of a powerful V8 limits its ability to compete with newer models from Audi, Infiniti and Lexus, but Acura's road-hugging Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) drivetrain is nothing to sneer at, giving the RL an impressive ability to get around corners and instill driver confidence.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a technology junkie, the 2008 Acura RL showcases the latest automotive high-tech gadgetry in an attractive package that is both user-friendly and semi-intuitive. Drivers who prefer razor-sharp handling to straight-line performance will love the RL's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're expecting neck-snapping starts from a standstill, the 2008 Acura RL's 256 pound-feet of torque will not impress. And for those with a full-on performance bent, the RL does not offer a manual transmission.

What's New for 2008

No major changes for 2008.

Driving the RL

Driving Impressions On the racetrack, the 2008 Acura RL's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system had an obvious effect on handling, ensuring crisp steering response and precise control and direction through the...

corners. The car felt taut enough even if the steering was light and a little vague. Its 3.5-liter VTEC V6 produces 290 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque, impressive figures for a normally-aspirated six-cylinder engine, but with those peak figures waiting at the high-end of the rev range the RL can take a few seconds to gain momentum. Given room to run and a firm right foot, however, the RL gets stronger and stronger.

Real-Time Traffic Data
While service availability is still limited, the ability to access current traffic information en route and avoid unexpected traffic delays can easily save a commuter several hours of driving.

Voice-Activated Navigation
Paging through menus and typing in city and street names can delay your departure. With voice-recognition capability, the RL lets you dictate your destination on the way to the highway.

2008 Acura RL Details
2008 Acura RL photo Interior

Inside the 2008 Acura RL, wood trim combines with perforated leather to create an interior befitting the car's sport-luxury disposition. The "industrial" door handles at first seem out of place, but soon make sense for the car's design and functionality. While this RL is three noticeable inches shorter than the previous RL, the surprisingly roomy back seat offers more passenger volume. A towering center console topped by an eight-inch LCD serves as the nerve center for the RL's long list of high-tech goodies.

Exterior

From the front and side, the RL is unmistakably Acura. A steep hood and angled beltline accent a now-familiar wedge shape, accompanied by angular headlamps and Acura's signature five-sided grille. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels fill the wheel wells and enhance the RL's aggressive image. In back, the RL distinguishes itself with a mildly-pronounced trunk line and some slightly softer contours.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Acura RL's standard-equipment list is packed with sophisticated technology. This includes Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, an Acura/BOSE Surround Sound system with six-disc DVD-Audio/MP3 and DTS changer, cabin-quieting Active Noise Cancellation, keyless entry and start and a power rear-window shade.

Optional Equipment

The 2008 Acura RL offers only two options. The first is the Technology Package that includes Voice-Activated Navigation, Active Front Lighting, AcuraLink satellite communication system with real-time traffic information, rear-view camera, upgraded wood interior and GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control. The second is the Technology Package plus the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Michelin PAX Run-Flat tires.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Acura RL's V6 looks impressive on paper, but the strongest part of the torque curve is high in the rpm band. Because of this, some will find passing maneuvers are best performed using the manual-shift mode.

3.5-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
256 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2008 Acura RL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 140 Ratings for the 2005 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

I love this car!

By on Friday, February 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am a true Acura girl. Once you drive an Acura, you will never be satisfied with anything other than an Acura."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Beautiful car, interior , exterior awsome

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE, INTERIOR,EXTERIOR FIT AND FINISH"

Cons: "FUEL ECONMONY, PREMIUM FUEL"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Previous 2006 Cadillac STS owner,a very beautiful car, amazing to drive,but could not pull out of garage if it snowed. Wife wanted a dependable luxury car that could drive in any weather, and was not wanting to drive a SUV,so bought 2012 Acura RL advanced package,not a single disappointment as far as the way car looks drives or handles, fuel economy could be better,and buying premium gas is different,I believe the 30 dollars a month will be worth it."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

well-built car

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability, quality, comfort, performance"

Cons: "Trunk space, complex controls, 2d power outlet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Never any mechanical problem. Only occasional new brake pads. Very comfortable, especially on long trips. Great sound system, but no MP3 hookup. Only down side: small trunk room, overly complex digital controls, poor location for second power outlet. Acura is top of list for next purchase."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Perfect car. Dealer maintained. Beautiful

By on Friday, September 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best car I have ever owned. Drives perfect"

Cons: "No cons other than one small scratch"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"One little scratch. Garaged dealer maintained Records of new tires brakes. Even changed timing belt ahead of dealer recommended guidelines Heartbroken to sell. Now in manhattan cannot afford to pay $400 a month for parking when it's hardly used"

12 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Best car I'd EVER owned thus far--& I've owned 16

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable to maintain."

Cons: "Can't get enough driving time in it! No used ones"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Powerful V-6, smooth, quiet, comfortable, the swift AWD gets you anywhere, wet/dry pavement! You marvel at its reliability & comfort for a Honda-built car. A sweet machine! Sorry, but nothing like it comes close to being built in the US, and I LOVE the USA !!!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best automobile ever owned & I've owned 20 so far!

By on Thursday, August 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,975

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, very comfortable, very quick, fun"

Cons: "n/a"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Dependable, comfortable, peppy & sporty for a sedan. The all-wheel drive gives this car remarkable control on slippery/wet pavement, although this feature does take away from its overall mileage (avg: 18.5 city, 29-30.5 hiway)."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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