2008 Acura RL vs. Its Competition

2008 Acura RL 4-door Sedan (Natl) Rear Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

When it's time for you to step out of the smaller entry-level premium sedans, the 2008 Acura RL doesn't really stand out among the excellent competitors it faces.

It's probably because the Acura RL is V-6 powered and uses all-wheel drive.

The balance of competitors is either larger or more powerful, or it offers a V-8 or rear-wheel-drive--or some combination of the four.

The Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac STS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class come in super-performance editions, while the Lexus GS is offered as a hybrid.

2008 Acura RL 4-door Sedan (Natl) Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RL
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2009 Cadillac STS2009 Cadillac STS
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2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6
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2008 BMW M52008 BMW 5-Series
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2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon 6.3L AMG RWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Acura RL is a fine luxury sedan, but others offer V-8 power and more distinct styling.
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
The 2008 BMW M5 has electrifying performance, but is saddled with an overdose of technology and a body in need of a few nips and tucks.
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
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Style Name    
4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic CVTManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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