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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $31,007 $33,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav 18 26 $33,300 $36,225
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S 18 27 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S HPT 18 27 $35,317 $38,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S 17 26 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S HPT 17 26 $35,317 $38,425
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi N/A N/A $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,007
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,725
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$562 / month
$545 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 41.5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 34.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.9 93.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 189.3 178.2
Height, Overall (in) 56.7 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.0 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.5 12.0
Brakes
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) 11.1 x .35 11.8 x 0.79
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) 11.8 x 1.1 11.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.1 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.7 36.1
Steering Type Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/45WR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size T135/80R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/45WR17 P205/55R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3623 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 258 @ 6200 230 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System PGM-FI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 233 @ 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.2L/196 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 2.46
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
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) 0.49 1.00
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Acura TL BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.07 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double-Wishbone 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.72 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
 
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