2008 Acura RL Overview


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4.35 stars

Based on 3 reviews

Smooth Ride With Nice Power! by mrjmc72
 — Love the SH-AWD, car is fun to drive and very reliable - it's time for a newer model RL! The new RLX only offers 4 wheel steering, but I understand they will be making the AWD version. So maybe sta... Read More
Somehow, A Performer by Mike
 — a good, solid car, it feels very sturdy. the v6 has a little trouble in the low range, yet has ample power to chirp all 4 tires when pressed hard. of course when you do you will be lurched by the gear... Read More
Wouldn't Trade It For Its Competitors! by Curtis
 — Acura's Flagship....nuff said. Bought it new and have loved it since day one, I has a GS300 before this and I like my RL much better. I also like the fact that they are not real popular, people alwa... Read More

2008 Acura RL Overview

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2008 Acura RL

The RL cruises at the top of the Acura lineup, representing the summit of Honda-produced automobiles. The Acura definition of luxury involves a heavy dose of technology - of the microprocessor kind.

A 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, 290-hp V6 equipped with VTEC variable valve timing provides seamless, smooth power. Some reviewers, however, feel it's just a bit underwhelming in a two-ton luxury cruiser. Accordingly, while the five-speed adaptive automatic transmission flawlessly provides power transitions through its paddle-shifters, the competition employs six and even seven-speed transmissions.

Acura's "Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive" system, an engineering tour de force, intelligently directs power to the RL's four wheels. This system not only distributes power between the front and rear wheels, but also evaluates the situation at each wheel in order to direct torque accordingly. This makes for great traction control. Add Acura's stability control system into the mix, and the RL virtually locks onto the safest course.

Top-of-the-line Acura luxury envelops the interior with fine leather and wood trim in tasteful abundance. Generous legroom and a quiet environment add to the comfort. Some reviewers, however, found fault with seat support and the overflow of buttons and controls on the dash.

The optional $3,620 "technology package" includes the "Collision Mitigation Braking System." This incorporates a radar system to warn a driver of an approaching frontal collision. Once the system determines a crash is impending, it activates a warning system. At the third stage, sensing an unavoidable crash, the system tightens the front seatbelts and applies the brakes to reduce impact.

Acura technology rewards the driver with smooth, safe, competent handling under all conditions. The RL receives very high scores in the various crash tests. Some criticize its steering numbness, but the car provides precise directional control. Acura's top-of-the-line luxury car embodies all the fine engineering synonymous with that marque.


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Pax Tire Repair

My Pax tire had a nail. Dealer pluged it. Repair lasted for a while and now the tire leaks. Pax dealer will not patch it and wants me to buy a new tire. Any suggestions? Can I re-plug the leak? ...

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