2008 Acura TL Overview


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2008 Acura TL Overview

The 2008 Acura TL represents the final offering in the luxury sedan's third generation. A completely redesigned model is expected to arrive in 2009. Many experts anticipate that this fourth generation model will be AWD, and it will include a new VTEC system, bumping horsepower to around 300.

For now, the TL will continue with minimal changes and two trim levels: base and Type-S. The high performance Type-S was absent from the Acura lineup for three years, prior to 2007. The base model received a light interior and exterior styling refresh for the previous model year, but both Tls are carried over for 2008.

The two TL variants are quite distinct from one another, but both are very well-equipped. The base level sedan is powered by a 3.2 liter V6, which generates 258 horsepower and 233 pound-feet of torque. This potent V6 is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, which includes sequential manual shifting. The Type-S houses a 3.5 liter version of the V6, which produces 286 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque. The same five-speed automatic is available here, but buyers may also opt for a six-speed manual transmission.

Both TL variants come standard with ABS, traction/antiskid control, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth, and a DVD-capable audio system. The Type-S gets exclusive performance enhancements like a firmer sport-tuned suspension, Brembo front brakes, and Honda's Active Noise Cancellation system, which limited all exterior noise intrusions. The Type-S comes standard with a navigation system, which optional on the base trim. This nav system was upgraded in 2007 to include a rear backup camera and real-time traffic reporting.

Test drivers have reported only marginally performance differenced between the two TL models. In either case, the sedan's best attributes include acceleration, steering response, and overall handling agility. The TLs received some suspension enhancements in 2007, creating a softer feel without compromising control. Only very aggressive drivers should experience any frustrations associated with the TL's front-wheel drive setup.

Consumers have continued their acclaim for the TL's overall comfort and build quality. The interior layout is considered to be very user-friendly and owners have found all build materials to be top quality. The most common complaint among owners and reviewers is the lack of cargo space. There is no split fold in the rear seat, and a narrow trunk hatch makes loading larger items a challenge.


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