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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 718 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

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
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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."

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."

1 person out of 4 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
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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."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best car ever. Will miss it terribly.

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, handling is amazing, electronics are great"

Cons: "None."

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

"My second Acura and it's been an awesome journey. At 157000 miles I need to move on. Sad that Acura bailed on this model as I would have bought another without a doubt. It's never let me down, has been a joy to drive and it still gets looks. I will miss it but someone is going to get a great car with this one."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Tremendous car

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, very low maintenance, classy car"

Cons: "none"

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

"I have driven this car for most of the 156000 miles that are on it. It has never let me down and the only repairs I have had to make is basic maintenance. It gest up and moves and corners as good if not better than my corvette. It gets good gas mileage for a V6. Best car I have ever owned."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Superb Vehicle - Where longevity meets value

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, cost of ownership"

Cons: "A little more room leg room (I'm 6 ' 9")"

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

"Owned my TL since day 1. Almost zero major issues or problems. As long as you maintain the vehicle with regular oil changes, recommended servicing, this car could easily take you to 250000 miles or more. Never been happier, this is my first acura and I will continue finding another. Traded mine in only due to a bigger family!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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