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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
TL comes fully loaded”
Type-S includes a "host of performance-oriented hardware and cosmetic upgrades
Kelley Blue Book
entry-level luxury sport sedan available in two incredibly well-equipped trim levels
The 2008 Acura TL has an impressive list of standard features and some cutting-edge options, too.
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. Edmunds states, "Crammed full of electronics, the TL is thankfully pretty easy to operate." The base 2008 Acura TL, they note, comes standard with “17-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, sunroof, leather upholstery, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power/heated seats, driver memory functions, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker surround-sound system."
Standard audio components include XM radio, a CD/DVD changer, and even a cassette player. Kelley Blue Book describes Acura TL's sound system this way: "The TL's impressive eight-speaker, 225-watt DVD-Audio Surround Sound system features DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, plus a six-disc CD changer that plays WMA and MP3 files. There's also an auxiliary input for portable MP3 players and such." Kelley Blue Book continues its praise, stating the "Surround Sound system provides a sublime listening experience" and noting "Type-S models" come equipped with "an active noise canceling system that generates sound waves to counteract the bigger engine's additional noise at cruising speeds."
The optional nav and standard entertainment systems in the Acura 2008 TL are top of the line. The navigation system recalculates routes in real time when you get off course, and the display is large and touch screen-enabled. It also uses data from the XM Satellite Radio service to alert drivers of traffic ahead, and uses the navigation system to reroute.
The CarConnection.com’s car experts enjoyed the sound system quality, the easily usable electronics, and the comfortable feel of the Acura 2008 TL. Standard features like Bluetooth, combined with the optional nav system, made for a pleasant and gadget-filled driving experience.
The 2008 Acura TL is a car for gadget lovers and audiophiles. The optional navigation system with backup camera is the only option available on the base model and should be considered if you do a significant amount of traveling to unfamiliar areas.