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STYLING | 7 out of 10
anonymous face and rather bland overall styling
fundamentally good-looking car, but it is bland
from the front and side, the RL is unmistakably Acura
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Acura RL sports clean but not compelling lines framing an interior that’s much more visually interesting.
Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com find Acura RL 2008 styling too understated for its own good. Edmunds, in fact, calls it “anonymous.” J.D. Power says "regrettably, the Acura RL's looks are forgettable...[it] is a fundamentally good-looking car, but it is bland." Autoblog reports that a major criticism of this year's Acura RL has been its "anonymous face and rather bland overall styling." Nonetheless, Kelley Blue Book notes "from the front and side, the RL is unmistakably Acura,” and Automobile comments, “The exterior appearance clearly signals the RL's great luxury and performance.”
The RL's swoopy interior style puts the emphasis on the driver and the front passenger. Edmunds calls it “beautifully crafted and attractive to behold” and note that it’s "adorned in leather and real wood trim." Kelley Blue Book observes the "wood trim combines with perforated leather to create an interior befitting the car's sport-luxury disposition...'industrial' door handles at first seem out of place, but soon make sense." J.D. Power praises how the "an artful approach to the dashboard and control layout rescues the RL from utter anonymity." Cars.com feels “the RL's rich-looking dashboard sports instruments that are large and easy to read. Some controls, however, are cryptic or hard to find.”
The 2008 Acura RL’s glam interior makes up for its forgettable exterior shape.