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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 New for 2008

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 733 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

Great Car original owner

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great reliable, easy to drive! Silver"

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

"I am the original owner of this fully loaded car. It has a low 67,00 mileage as I have only driven it locally. I have maintained perfectly and have had minimal problems! It has never been in an accident. This is a great car!!!"

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice car but not quite worth the ask

By on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Runs good, handles good"

Cons: "Failed items as listed in review. Shouldn't have."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Acura/Honda states how good their cars are and stand behind them. Unless something goes wrong with it that doesn't require a near recall. Little things like, the handsfree phone (bluetooth) has NEVER worked. All it did was stay in an on state and drain the battery. Had to disconnect / disable it in the headliner. Rear suspension does not have the proper adjustability, eats up tires like an Indy car. And the size it takes aren't cheap. Rear main seal started leaking at about 110,000 miles. Unacceptable. I know I rated this car higher on value than I should have, but my wife likes it and that is who drives it."

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Thursday, February 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,500

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
10/10

Pros: "Value, classy & reliable!"

Cons: "Expensive to repair at dealer."

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

"Have had this car for a little over a year now & still love it! Very happy with this car & proud to own it."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Acura TL

By on Friday, February 19, 2016

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Beautiful inside and out, and 100% reliable."

Cons: "too expensive....."

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

"Love it, love it, love it. I have enjoyed this car from the very first day I got it in 2006. It has been EXTREMELY reliable. I am now having to trade it, don't want to, but have to being as the years a going by and pretty soon I won't have any value loft in it at all when I trade it. I only have 75,000 on this car. Amazing."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best car ever

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

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

Pros: "Beautiful car and fun to drive"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"I have owned my Acura TL for 10 years and it's been perfect. It drives like a dream and I have never had any mechanical problems. The leather seats are so comfortable and have stayed "like new". I have always done all the maintenance on my car before it was due and also replaced tires early and have always kept it in mint condition. Unfortunately I am selling it now because my family has grown and I need a bigger vehicle."

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

I love my car!

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 320,000

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

Pros: "Excellent drive with great pick up and go"

Cons: "leather seats in front required upholstery repair"

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

"I love my car and getting ready to buy the TLX. I purchased the car with 30,000 miles on it and now 300,000 plus miles later it is still a great car."

26 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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