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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
electronic stability system is standard
HID headlights for improved nighttime visibility
It would be good to see rear side airbags
Car and Driver
Five stars, front impacts; four stars, front side impacts; five stars, rear side impacts
“Good” for front and side impacts
Acura continues its reputation for innovation and safety in the 2008 Acura TL and TL Type-S, with high crash test ratings and an optional backup camera.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Acura 2008 TL five stars for protecting front passengers in a frontal impact. Rear passengers also get five stars’ worth of protection in side impacts, though front passenger/side impact protection is rated at four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Acura TL “good” ratings for front and side impacts.
Edmunds highlights the safety features of Acura TL for 2008, noting that the "2008 Acura TL comes standard with stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length curtain airbags." Car and Driver feels the "TL's inventory of standard safety features is comprehensive."
Standard on the Acura TL Type-S and optional on the base unit, the navigation system comes with a backup camera for improved rear visibility. Cars.com notes this addition but adds, "A rear camera is a fantastic addition to the system, but its usefulness is limited in bad weather conditions, as the lens becomes easily clouded by salt and road residue."
The 2008 Acura TL provides a high level of standard safety features and good value for the consumer.