2008 Acura RL vs. Its Competition

2008 Acura RL 4-door Sedan (Natl) Rear Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

When it's time for you to step out of the smaller entry-level premium sedans, the 2008 Acura RL doesn't really stand out among the excellent competitors it faces.

It's probably because the Acura RL is V-6 powered and uses all-wheel drive.

The balance of competitors is either larger or more powerful, or it offers a V-8 or rear-wheel-drive--or some combination of the four.

The Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac STS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class come in super-performance editions, while the Lexus GS is offered as a hybrid.

2008 Acura RL 4-door Sedan (Natl) Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RLBrowse Used Listings2009 Cadillac STS2009 Cadillac STSBrowse Used Listings2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6Browse Used Listings2008 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535xiT AWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon 6.3L AMG RWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.2
The 2008 Acura RL is a fine luxury sedan, but others offer V-8 power and more distinct styling.
7.6
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
8.6
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
8.0
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.
8.0
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From    
$46,280$46,845$42,950$44,600$51,200
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic CVTManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Acura RL vs. 2009 Cadillac STS2008 Acura RL vs. 2008 Audi A62008 Acura RL vs. 2008 BMW 5-Series2008 Acura RL vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class