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8.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$41,576
BASE MSRP
$46,280
On Quality
The 2008 Acura RL has high levels of fit and finish, if not copious interior room.
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top-notch cabin decor and assembly quality
ConsumerGuide

a classy, sumptuous interior adorned in high-quality materials
Edmunds

its interior feels cramped
ForbesAutos

surprisingly roomy back seat
Kelley Blue Book

The 2008 Acura RL sports a refined, high-quality interior, but reviewers are divided on the cabin's roominess.

Cars.com reports this year's Acura RL has a "five-occupant" cabin, although J.D. Power disagrees: "you'll be rightly dismayed by the tight leg space, hip room, and shoulder room...this is a comfortable car for four adults, certainly." ForbesAutos says this Acura RL 2008 "interior feels cramped," but Kelley Blue Book notes a "surprisingly roomy back seat." Nonetheless, ConsumerGuide proclaims that Acura RL 2008 "seats are all-day comfortable and very supportive in spirited cornering," adding that while "shorter drivers may feel a bit 'buried'...ample seat adjustments and a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel help compensate."

ForbesAutos’ complaints about space are not limited to the cabin; they say "trunk space in particular seem[s] too confining for a flagship luxury car." ConsumerGuide provides the unfortunate details: Acura RL's "wide trunk extends well forward but lacks height for really big cargo, [and] sickle-shape trunklid hinges are covered but eat up space."

ConsumerGuide reports the 2008 Acura RL has a "top-notch cabin decor and assembly quality," while Edmunds positively gushes over the "high-quality materials." This source does notes the "dash is awash in buttons, which may confuse some."

Despite other criticisms, J.D. Powers admits that "the Acura RL is a comfortable car...it is a quiet car." ConsumerGuide says "all noise sources are well controlled in the RL...its stiff body structure provided squeak- and rattle-free driving."

Conclusion

The 2008 Acura RL has high levels of fit and finish, if not copious interior room.

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