2008 Acura TL vs. Its Competition

2008 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Auto Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

When it comes to entry-lux mid-size sedans, there is no shortage of candidates that want to suck the bucks out of your bank account.

Your choices can be similar to the 2008 Acura TL in that they are front-wheel drive.

The Lexus ES and Audi A4 fit here.

Certainly the Audi is the most sporting of the group, but it may not be the easiest car to live with over the long haul.

2008 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Auto Angular Front Exterior View2008 Acura TL
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2009 Audi A42009 Audi A4
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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW 3-Series
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
8.6
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
8.6
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
MSRP From   
$33,725$30,700$21,605$32,700
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeCompactMidsizeCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 328i RWD
Drivetrain   
Front-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODCVTAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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