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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 16 24 $41,576 $46,280
4-Door Sedan Tech Pkg 16 24 $44,822 $49,900
4-Door Sedan Tech/CMBS w/PAX 16 24 $48,229 $53,700
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 17 27 $41,030 $44,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 528xi 17 25 $43,055 $46,800
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 17 26 $45,815 $49,800
4-Door Sedan AWD 535xi 17 25 $47,840 $52,000
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $54,095 $58,800
4-Door Sedan RWD M5 11 17 $77,190 $83,900
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 535xiT 16 24 $50,050 $54,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,576
$41,030
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,280
$44,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$771 / month
$743 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Acura RL is a fine luxury sedan, but others offer V-8 power and more distinct styling. The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 55.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 36.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.0 99.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 57.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 38.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 57.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 62.2
Wheelbase (in) 110.2 113.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.7 72.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.0 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 193.6 191.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 14.0
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x - TBD - 12.8 x 1.18
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.2 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.79
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.4 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Variable Pwr Servotronic Variable Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.98 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 13.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.7 37.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/50VR17 P225/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/50VR17 P225/50VR17
Spare Tire Size T155/70D17 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4014 3505
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 256 @ 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/212 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6200 230 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System PGM-FI - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 4.32
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.66
Trans Type 5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.48 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 2.46
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.60 3.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Acura RL BMW 5 Series
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double-Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.14 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 4-link Integral
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link NA
 
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