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2008 Acura TL

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2008 Acura TL Review

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Acura's answer to premium performance sedans like the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35, Audi A4 and Lexus IS is the TL, the only car in that category offered exclusively with front-wheel drive. While rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles can enjoy some performance advantages, the TL explores the limit of what is possible with front-wheel drive and a torquey V6. The TL is also comfortable, roomy and packed with a sophisticated lineup of standard equipment. It returns up to 27 miles per gallon on the highway and is priced considerably below its competitors. In 2007, enthusiasts celebrated the return of a TL Type-S, with more power, a stiffer suspension and distinctive styling touches.

You'll Like This Car If...

Fast, fun, comfortable and convenient, the TL is arguably the category's most well-rounded entry and almost certainly its best value.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the TL's front-wheel-drive architecture is an advantage for some---especially those in wetter climates---other enthusiast buyers might prefer the driving dynamics associated with rear-wheel drive.

What's Significant About This Car?

In 2008, the TL is offered in two new paint colors, Polished Metal Metallic and Bold Beige Metallic.

Driving the TL

Driving Impressions One of the great beauties of the TL lineup is that, 95 percent of the time, the Type-S is just as comfortable as the base model and the base model...

is just as much fun as the Type-S. Still, when the road starts to get curvy and your right foot gets heavy, the quicker, grippier, more responsive Type-S easily earns its price premium. The five-speed automatic has been enhanced for the Type-S---which also gets steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters---to deliver smoother, rev-matching downshifts and quicker, crisper upshifts, while the six-speed manual is as tight and precise as you'd expect in an all-out sports car. With the six-speed manual transmission there is some torque steer (pulling on the steering) under hard acceleration in the lower gears. The TL has a pleasant around-town demeanor and reactive but comfortable highway manner.

Comprehensive Navigation System
The TL's voice-activated navigation system provides real-time traffic info, Zagat restaurant reviews and includes a rearview camera. It even allows you to upload your entire personal phonebook into the Bluetooth hands-free phone system in one step.

Enhanced DVD-Audio System
The TL's impressive eight-speaker, 225-watt DVD-Audio Surround Sound system features DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, plus a six-disc CD changer that plays WMA and MP3 files. There's also an auxiliary input for portable MP3 players and such.

2008 Acura TL Details
2008 Acura TL photo Interior

The TL's interior remains one of the roomiest, most comfortable cabins in the category (especially for rear-seat passengers). The DVD-Audio Surround Sound system provides a sublime listening experience, and an updated voice-activated navigation system provides real-time traffic information and includes an integrated rear-view camera. Type-S models have sportier seats with contrasting stitching, stainless-steel pedals, red (not blue) instrument illumination, dark aluminum and carbon fiber trim and an active noise canceling system that generates sound waves to counteract the bigger engine's additional noise at cruising speeds.

Exterior

Though the 2008 TL is essentially unchanged from its 2007 predecessor, the bold sedan, designed in California, can be confused with no other in the segment. That's thanks partially to its prominent grille and aggressive front and rear lower fascias. The more assertive Type-S is distinguished by a collection of darker trim elements, including black chrome grille and lamp treatments, plus wider side sills, a rear spoiler, dual circular exhaust outlets, dark 17-inch wheels and Type-S badges.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Except for the navigation system, a base Acura TL is fully loaded with an impressive DVD-Audio Surround Sound system, power moonroof, HID headlamps, leather seating, power/heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone integration, steering wheel-mounted controls and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

A navigation system is the only option available on the base 2008 Acura TL. The step up to the Type-S includes navigation, a host of performance-oriented hardware and cosmetic upgrades, a choice of a more responsive five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission and the availability of high-performance tires.

Under the Hood

While the base TL has the excellent 3.2-liter engine and a slightly softer suspension, the Type-S gets a 3.5-liter version that delivers outstanding performance with almost no loss of fuel economy. The Type-S also gets a stiffer suspension, Brembo brakes, a more aggressive exhaust note and is the only model available with a manual transmission (which includes a limited-slip differential) and high-performance tires.

3.2-liter V6
258 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
233 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26

3.5-liter V6
286 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
256 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (manual), 17/26 (automatic)

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2008 Acura TL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 721 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Great car

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great value, beautiful, dependable, fun to drive,"

Cons: "Turning radius not sharp, spring doors a pain."

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

"This is the best car I have ever owned. In truth I hate to part with it. I had my first repair a few days ago. We had to replace the motor in the drivers door so I could use my remote entry. Unbelievable quality in a car. Eleven years of dependability. Go Accura!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Nice car and running smooth for the last 8 yrs.

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

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

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "No issues in the past 8 years (60,000 Miles)"

Cons: "City 17-18 miles/gal. highway/city 20-21 miles/gal"

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

"It is a very good car. No issues in the past 8 years (60,000 Miles). Roughly once in a year your normal maintenance light will come. Not that expensive to maintain. Only negative part is in full city drive you get only 17-18 miles/gal. In highway/city mixed it gives around 20-21 miles/gal."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Fast, quiet interior, superior sound, comfy

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Interior comfort front and back"

Cons: "MPG could be better"

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

"A car of this caliber should have a better resale value. The interior overall is appealing, better than early versions of BMW 328i, BENZ 300c or Audi A4. The weight of the car still makes it fast sedan. The exterior of 2005-2008 TL is fabulous. Maintenance, hardly any except for oil changes every 3k miles or so. Maintence is a lot cheaper than any German cars and yet the car can still compete in every aspect with those European cars. The pait is solid and not as thin like Honda, Toyota or Nissan. 2005-2008 TL has a solid body and as a driver or passager you feel safe, secure in case of an accident. Unlike those German cars the body is much lighter and costly if involved in a light accident. Preffer exterior collar, silver or perl white with gray interior. The only drawback about this TL is that front seats don't have AC which is not a big deal. Lexus GS does offer this option, however the TL like any other luxury brands does offer heated seats."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Better than both Lexus's I've owned.

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "able to pass very fast, classy, excellent ride."

Cons: "Resale value is to low!"

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

"My 2006 Acura TL is a fantastic, reliable, comfortable car that in the five years I've owned it, it has never had a mechanical issue, ever! It has had the required replacements ( timing belts, transmission fluid etc.) at the specified time, regular maintenance, ( oil changes) and of course brakes and tires. I'll more than likely replace it with a newer Acura. My absolute satisfaction with the quality, integrity, comfort, and reliability with this car makes it very difficult to consider other options and vehicles. If I had a complaint it would have to be, I like listening to very loud music and in doing so the interior trim has begun to rattle."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car, has had timing belt, etc. at $100,000.

By on Monday, May 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 1.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Great care, fun to drive."

Cons: "Nothing bad that I can think of."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"My car has only been to location where purchased for all maintenance, they have all records. Great running car, no problems. I just want a new car, as I am getting up in age."

4 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable"

Cons: "no USB plugins but no payments either"

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

"It handles well, especially with performance tires, and is comfortable for long trips. I love music and enjoy the premium sound. The seats are comfortable and it seats 5 moderate sized people. The car is very reliable, oil and tire changes only."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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