Used 2008 Acura RL Sedan
Acura RL Sedan
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2008 Acura RL KBB Expert Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
256 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24
The 2008 Acura RL has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts around $47,000. When equipped with the Technology Package, the price jumps to around $50,000 and, with the Technology Package plus the CMBS/PAX Package, it tops out at just over $54,000. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price being paid for an RL in your area, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiations. The RL is expected to have a slightly better-than-average residual value over a five-year period, falling below the Infiniti M35 and Lexus GS 350, but besting the Audi A6 and Cadillac STS.
Acura RL Consumer Reviews
June 12, 2018
The best car I have ever owned.
It is time to give up my Acura RL after 9 wonderful years. I love this car and know I will never like a car this much again. When new,...
October 28, 2016
Black with tan and mahagony wood trim
one owner, never had one bit of trouble, all maintenance through dealership, all records kept, and drives like a baby. It has been my...
October 19, 2016
Best Driving Car Around!
Bought new in 2005. Traded in at 325,000 miles, few very small repairs later on. Very luxurious and high quality interior. Lots of neat...
July 30, 2016
Great Car_Ready for its Next Happy Owner
Bought this car new and have loved it and maintained it and have all records. Taking delivery on a European BMW late August and...
December 24, 2015
I bought this car with 132500 miles and I must say that this car is great. I changed a lot of parts that normally needs changing;...
August 11, 2015
Favorite car I ever owned
Drives well, so comfortable, style of the RL has not changed much so people think it is fairly new because I do keep it up well.
July 30, 2015
Underrated and overlooked
This car used was a bargain - because it is overlooked and underrrated. Many publications talk about its bland style and poor...
July 20, 2015
You just can't beat it for the price
Obviously, you will be buying one of these RLs used now since this body style is no longer made. In my opinion, you cannot buy a better...
June 09, 2015
Excellent, dependable, luxurious car
I love this car. The only reason I am considering getting a new car is because of age. I have had no problems at all with this car.
May 16, 2015
Purchased new in 2007, have 85K, look to put 200k
Purchased new in 2007. The RL came standard with Navigation, SH-AWD, rear camera, surround sound Bose system, 290 HP V6. Test drove the...