2008 Acura TL Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.

TheCarConnection.com's editors studied reviews from around the Web to bring you this conclusive report on the 2008 Acura TL. Experts from TheCarConnection.com have driven the Acura TL and TL Type-S on several different occasions. These experiences enable our team to offer you a definitive opinion on this sports sedan. This review also compares the 2008 Acura TL with other vehicles in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

Totally reengineered way back in 2004, Acura's mid-size TL entry-level luxury/sport sedan received a number of updates and improvements for 2007. These improvements included revised exterior and interior styling, as well as an upgraded navigation system with AcuraLink satellite communication system and real-time traffic monitoring. With so much changing last year, alterations for 2008 were limited. For Acura, 2008 is the year that the company added tire pressure monitors as standard along with a new color, Bold Beige. Wow, eh? (This isn't a real surprise, as Acura will introduce an all-new Acura TL for the 2009 model year.)

The most sporting 2008 Acura TL is the Type-S high-performance edition. It's stuffed with a 286-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine (from the more expensive Acura RL sedan), and its chassis gets a sport suspension. The TL Type-S can be visually distinguished by its rear spoiler, 10-spoke alloy wheels, quad exhaust tips, and other upgrades.

The TL's standard 3.2-liter V-6 engine delivers 253 hp. While the Type-S can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, the standard TL only comes with a five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic. This hurts the Acura, as many manufacturers (Ford and General Motors) are making six-speed automatics standard on lower-priced cars.

Like other Acura models, the TL comes with lots of standard equipment, including a DVD-Audio system and a relative handful of available options--such as a voice-activated navigation system and high-performance summer tires.

While the experts from TheCarConnection.com like the 2008 Acura TL just fine, it's hard for them to forget that this car is related to the Honda Accord. On the plus side, these roots form the basis for a smooth and refined automobile that is also practical and not too pricey. All these are good points. However, a certain passion is lacking from the Acura TL, and this sedan doesn't have the same level of personality that some other cars in the class have. Part of the problem is the front-wheel-drive powertrain that limits what Honda engineers can do with the car. They understand as well as anybody that you can't make a front-wheel-drive car handle like a rear-wheel-drive car.

The second main group are those with sportier personalities. These are the rear-drive sedans from BMW, Infiniti, and Lexus IS. All three brands offer 300-horsepower-plus six-cylinder engines and chassis that love to take on challenging canyon roads.

The last car to consider is a dark horse of sorts, the all-new Chevrolet Malibu. When decked out in its best duds and its top engine, the Malibu is a very nice car. Yes, it is a Chevy, but it offers nearly everything the Acura TL does at a lower price.

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November 28, 2015
2008 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S

Best and most reliable car I have ever owned!!

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I have owned 3 Acura TL type cars and although the first 2 were ok with various rattles and defects, my 2008TL TL type has been near perfect and still feels like a brand new car. Unless they offer a manual... + More »
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June 1, 2015
2008 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav

A wonderful car that has been almost fawless since purchase.

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It's been a great car with very little problems although once in a while the shifting of the automatic transmission seems to hunt for gear changes, but that is very rarely. While my mileage is low I know that... + More »
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April 18, 2015
For 1996 Acura TL

What a really cool car this is ......

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I bought this car third hand with eighty thousand miles on it. It had been well cared for by the previous owners and I too, look after it well. I use synthetic oil and change it regularly [3ooo mi.] I burn... + More »
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