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STYLING | 8 out of 10
an attractive blend of style and luxury
Car and Driver
can be confused with no other in the segment
Kelley Blue Book
an impressive blend of sport and luxury
The 2008 Acura TL retains its place in the market as a classy and comfortable front-wheel-drive sports sedan.
With a redesign scheduled in 2009, the Acura TL garners reviews that tend to point out the age of the design. ConsumerGuide states, "Its basic design is also aging," while Car and Driver says it's still "attractive inside and out," and adds, “the TL has evolved into a refined sports sedan with wedgy good looks." The wedge metaphor’s a popular one; Edmunds says its “wedge-like shape is still attractive as ever.” Cars.com says, "The TL sedan exhibits a wide, aggressive stance." ForbesAutos notes its “handsome styling.” Motor Trend wonders if “an Italian design house had penned the sheetmetal,” admiring in particular its “crisp lines, short rear deck, and tightly drawn shoulders.”
The Type-S has some styling tweaks to differentiate it from the base version. They include “front ground effects and black chrome trim on the grille and bumper in place of the bright chrome elements,” Cars.com notes. “The trunklid has a small, tasteful spoiler,” they add.
“Acura upped its interior game with this TL,” Motor Trend writes, “adding finer materials and more stylish design than in previous versions.” Edmunds agrees, noting the 2008 Acura TL has a “spacious interior [that] remains a model of craftsmanship and ergonomics.” ForbesAutos likes the “tastefully styled and high-quality interior,” too.
The 2008 Acura TL remains a handsome sedan, inside and out.